What happened to all the fun? Why so serious?
It takes many hours to be great or even good at something, such as the 10,000 hour rule. When it comes to working hard I do believe that endurance sports has that trophy far and above other sports, but what about the fun?
Yes it is fun to train, yes it is fun to race, but what so many people forget is why they are doing it. No one, not even pros, started racing to be the best in the world. They started because they wanted to try something new, enjoyed it and wanted to keep doing it. As triathletes gain more knowledge, they think more, they want more, they feel they need even better equipment, they want to dedicate more time to training and racing...then boom it takes over: the type "A," gotta have it all personality. This is where I believe fun is lost.
Now I must say this is not all triathletes or endurance athletes, but a trend among many from pro athletes to age groupers. How many people continually compare their results to others, just talk about their past workout, their workouts today, tomorrow's workout, or continually talk about how good they could be "only if..." or simply never smile :) because they are so focused on themselves and no one else around them whether they're going easy or hard.
I simply write this blog not to burst bubbles but to say there is more to life everyday than training and racing. Not having the best equipment doesn't diminish a person as an athlete or human being. Being slower than someone else is okay, most likely you are better than them at something else. Always remember why you started training: you enjoy it for what it is, to challenge yourself, to pursue goals for yourself, and of course it's FUN!