With week one half way through, I am already understanding why triathlons are addictive. I can feel my body getting stronger, which is awesome, but what I am discovering that's even more empowering and invigorating is the camaraderie.
Maybe it's the journalist in me, or maybe it's the fact that I think these people are so interesting, or maybe it's both, but I find myself wanting to ask everyone their story. I want to know why they started the sport and what drives them to continue competing. I just know they each have a unique perspective and I want to learn about it.
The first character I met this week was DG at Road Fish. If this guy can't make you laugh, no one can. And as he fitted me for bike, it occurred to me that he is one of those people that has an eye for detail. He's not someone to miss the little things and he's not one to do something half way. (Thanks DG for the fitting and the laughs!)
Next, I met some women at the Sea Pines Country Club. Though they were not training for a triathlon, these women meet weekly to swim together and they each had pointers that ranged from what ear wax they liked best to how to work the spinning-drying machine thingy (which I had never used before).
Then this morning I started my day with Sheri, Miki, Jenny and Laura on the track. We laughed, we ran, we sweated...
And then sweated some more. Leaving the track, I appreciated my tri peeps and my new sneaks (from Go Tri Sports) even more. I felt like both would carry me to the finish line.