I am currently living in Clermont, FL. For those of you who have never been here, it is the type of place where your parents’ grandparents would likely retire. There are very few people in their 20s. Clermont is becoming a more popular place for winter training for athletes, so camps come and go. However, there are not many people outside of the people I train with to socialize with. Because of this, it seems like every conversation I have somehow goes back to triathlon. Is it ever possible to escape? It would be nice to have some sort of outlet that did not have any knowledge of anything going on in the multisport life.
I was talking with one of my training partners the other day about dating and triathlon. Everything I do everyday revolves around sport. I will admit that my lifestyle is a little on the selfish side. I have to sleep on my schedule, eat certain foods, train multiple hours a day, and sit on the couch and recover a lot. If I was dating someone working full time, I can see how this would be a problem.
Most of the people in tri are married/dating other triathletes. I am assuming this works because each partner understands the sacrifices of doing sport and both people have the same goals and routine. You don’t have one person wanting to go bar hopping on a Friday night while the other wants to go to bed early to prepare for the next morning’s long run.
Personally, I have found that dating someone who does not understand the “multisport lifestyle” only contributes to poor decision-making and ultimately worse results. My goals become a 2nd priority and I tend to lose focus on my career and the goals I have set for myself. Also, long distance dating is common and that just means late nights talking on the phone and time spent traveling back and forth. It is too much of a distraction.
So, for now, I will continue to keep my boring routine lifestyle and share my love with the goggles, bike, and running shoes.