When I first heard someone voice the term "the triathlon lifestyle" back when I first started training last year, I thought it was a bunch of hogwash. "Triathlon Lifestyle? Are you kidding me? One more step and I feel like there could be a TV show called Lifestyles of the fast and aerobic." Ok, extremely cheesy, but I digress. Having never really devoted a lot of energy, time and emotion (relatively) to many things before, I was skeptical, and a non-believer. Well, if you are anything like me, if you shun something one day, you end up being it some day in the future. As time went on, I learned...
It definitely is a lifestyle. When someone spends as much time (almost all), emotion (you gotta have heart), and money (don't even wanna go there), plans out their day, week, month, almost half a year to a few years down the road (looking forward to doing IM Australia in 2009), devoted to training and racing, recruiting others to join you in the physical rigors and social aspects of triathlon, and nearly engulfs themselves into the triathlon culture - it becomes a lifestyle. It becomes part of you, and influences the way that you live your life.
It is a lifestyle.
One person I have met through this lifestyle is Luke Walton. A former Olympic rower now making his transition to triathlon, Luke has inspirations of becoming a professional triathlete, and qualifying (winning?) for Kona one day. Not only is Luke a great athlete, but is a pretty good writer too. One of his latest blog entries really hits the nail on the head with the power of choice and following your dreams.
You can also read a recent article about in him in the North County Times:
Best of luck in following your dreams Luke!