21 August 2010

Yet Another Triathlete Film

Don't you love it when you are somewhere with family and they start asking you questions about triathlons? I mean, much to many people's dismay (especially my wife,) I could talk triathlon ad nauseam. I have to be careful when I am around my colleagues and family, because I am sure none of them care as much about the sport as I do. I don't think anyone I know who is not involved in the sport could name one professional triathlete, let alone last years Kona champions Craig Alexander and Chrissie Wellington. Here are some of the questions—in no particular order—I receive to make me wince just a tiny bit, but I am more than enthusiastic to answer:

1) So, is an ironman, like a triathlon as well?

2) So, what order are the events in?

3) Okay, why is it you do this?

4) So, is it a full Ironman?

5) How long is the marathon, like ten miles?

6) Do people die doing this?

7) Is this over several days, or just one day?

8) Don't you get hungry after a couple of hours?

9) Have you done that one in Hawaii?

10) That must take you, like, eight hours?

Luckily, I have a movie—thanks to my friend Annette—that will help illustrate a normal conversation between triathlete and mortal:



Well, there you have it. Feel free to distribute to your friends, co-workers, enemies, etc.

Training Update: Exciting run day. I ran a short 10.4 miles and averaged exactly 7:30's. I don't know what the heck is going on. That is pretty fast for me. Maybe the training is paying off? Maybe it is the enormous amount of pasta I've eaten the past week, keeping those glycogen levels at Everest-like levels.

More soon. Train Smart!

9 comments:

Ryan McLean said...

You are CRAZY. You are CRAZY...Awesome video!!!

Mark said...

Thanks Ryan... you know though... it takes one to know one! Hope the running is going well hombre!

ONEHOURIRONMAN said...

Go to YouTube, type in "onehourironman ironman florida 2009". I put this together after IMFL 09 last year. In it I have my parents say "He's crazy" You might get a kick out of it.

wendy_kresha@charter.net said...

OMG!!! This is the funniest darn thing I have seen in a long time! Thanks for making my day : )

Aimee (I Tri To Be Me) said...

I've seen this video on other blogs too. I love it!

Jon said...

That is me and my coworkers about once a week. That film PERFECTLY explains the frustration....and yet, I can't seem to stop laughing!

Paul said...

HAHAHAHA Oh man, if I had a dollar for every time someone has used that I don't run.... joke I'd be a rich man. Super funny.

Kristin (Triathlon Dreams) said...

LOL!! That is funny!!!

Caratunk Girl said...

That video is my life. Holy crap that is funny.

I tend to get, "What is first? The bike?" "Oh you are doing a marathon? How far is it? Is that the same distance as the boston marathon?" "Oh you are doing a triathlon? Are you going to Hawaii??"