Becoming Obsessed Anyone....

27 messages
14/04/2009 at 21:06
Yesterday I was in the pub with my girlfriend and some friends. At one point she saw me with my head down and accused me of nodding off.

Sheepishly I had to admit that I was actually mentally running through swim strokes and breathing timings, hence my unusual "head under water" sitting position.....I think I'm becoming obsessed :-)

Some of the best things in life may be free, but the very best comes as three.

London Duathlon (Short Course) - 1hr 15m 45sec
14/04/2009 at 21:23
"becoming obsessed" is far too present tense for me [:D]

Triathlon? Simples!
14/04/2009 at 21:23
I think once you get into tri you become obsessed anyway, I am always thinking of my next training section and feel realy bad when I miss a training run or bike ride .

Another weekend must mean it race time again
14/04/2009 at 21:40
Mmmmm, let me think for a minute about this........(oh.....and just to mention that to think about this i have to stop thinking about:

my run route later,
and yesterdays swim session,
and how breathing every two is screwing my form - but keeping me stronger,
and my sore hamstring that is stopping me working on the bike as hard as i might like,
and the fact i need some tri-cycle shoes sharpish,
because without them i'm going to be a right mess in T1 & T2,
but the cost is beginning to cause issues with the WAT woman,
and that i haven't practised any transitions yet and first tri is less than 2 weeks away,
and that i should be tiling the new bathroom but i'm on here!

anyway, obsessed? Noooooo. Because that doesn't do it justice, my mind has been taken over by thoughts of triathlon related stuff, i wake up and think about training, i go to bed and think about the quality of my sleep (as it will impact on my training), i go to work and talk about tri......

.....but a tip, don't bore the pants off those who don't care. Keep it to yourself, its our little secret [;)]

love this sport
14/04/2009 at 21:56
Last night I dreamed that I took off my wetsuit in T1 and found that I'd forgotten to put my tri suit underneath.......my first triathlon anxiety dream. Not sure if that's obsession but it seems worryingly close enough.
14/04/2009 at 22:13
Yes Im obsessed.. Crave the training and the next race.

The best thing I find is to just schedule my week every sunday. That way I know if I am on target or not. If I get that craving feeling or thought that I am behind my training I check the list.. If im on target i relax, if not I scream and jump on my bike. :-)

Fitter, Happier, More Productive
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14/04/2009 at 22:13
Juleso - That's brilliant. I dreamt I was training last week and woke up thinking oh-oh that's a bit odd!

Gary - I look forward to scaling the heights of your obsession, I don't think it'll be long before I join you up there.

As I was leaving for my swim this morning my girlfriend asked "You're not going to get obsessed with this triathlon thing are you?".....Ummmmmmm Yes :-)

Some of the best things in life may be free, but the very best comes as three.

London Duathlon (Short Course) - 1hr 15m 45sec
14/04/2009 at 22:46
I prefer to think of it as a healthy enthusiasm, but here's what I do every morning when I log on at work

1. Open training schedule, mark completed sessions green, uncompleted red, then if possible re-schedule red sessions.
2. Open my training times spreadsheet, entering distance and time which then automatically calculates projected sprint and olympic distance times and displays previous sessions speed and distance graphically.
3. Compare the times I have projected against last years results for the 4 tri's I've signed up for and see where I would have come.
4. Log on to 220forum read all posts I haven't viewed previously.
5. Browse Wiggle, see if there's anything I can put in my basket.
6. Start work (about an hour after arriving).

Lunch follows a similar pattern depending whether I've gone for a run.

That's not obsessive is it...? Oh god.

All the fear, no idea.
14/04/2009 at 23:03
'Obsessed' - a word the lazy use to describe the dedicated.

But the answer is definitely yes, I always hit Sunday evening after completing a good week of training and then can't really concentrate on much (even my girlfriend when in bed!) for trying to mentally schedule in my 13 Ironman training sessions the following week around work/her/life in general. Sometimes I have to resort to getting the pen out and jotting down the schedule (usually on the back of a 220!) just to set my mind at ease that I can manage them all.

I also love Flavadaves comments about what he does at work. I have a similar spreadsheet, although I use Orange for those sessions that i've cross trained (ie done something but not what I was supposed to - due to illness/travelling etc), and red sessions I try not to mark on for as long as possible as I usually manage to catch them up (no reds yet and in week 15!).

The funny thing is as the obsessoin creeps over you you can't really tell you are different. Only when asked to join some of my colleagues out this lunch and on Thursday for drinks and having to decline both for training reasons (needed to get malt loaf this lunch for afternoon snacks before training as well as hitting boots for some 'after swim' shampoo and then Thursday can't do drinking as I need to get a run in), did I realise that this has no longer become the exception - but rather the rule.

Ah well, bring on August the 2nd.

Pain fades,
Chicks dig scars,
Glory lasts forever.
15/04/2009 at 00:26
Don't worry we all have dreams like that before our first time.

Another weekend must mean it race time again
15/04/2009 at 00:43
Hi My name is Chris
And im an addict!
Im just trying to figure out how many times i can read 220 each month waiting for the next issue without it becoming plain wierd. And how many times can i fantasise about new bikes before seeking professional help?

Those who can-Tri!
15/04/2009 at 00:43
I love topis'c like these, it proves

YOU ARE NOT ALONE !!


Highworth 2008-400,20,5(1.29.05)
Dorchester tri 09-400,23,6(1.30.08)
Weymouth Sprint 09-750,20,5, 2009(1.43.10)
Crewkerne super sprint 09-(43.57)
Highworth Tri 09-400,20,5(1.26.19)
15/04/2009 at 00:43
Flavadave wrote:

I prefer to think of it as a healthy enthusiasm, but here's what I do every morning when I log on at work

1. Open training schedule, mark completed sessions green, uncompleted red, then if possible re-schedule red sessions.
2. Open my training times spreadsheet, entering distance and time which then automatically calculates projected sprint and olympic distance times and displays previous sessions speed and distance graphically.
3. Compare the times I have projected against last years results for the 4 tri's I've signed up for and see where I would have come.
4. Log on to 220forum read all posts I haven't viewed previously.
5. Browse Wiggle, see if there's anything I can put in my basket.
6. Start work (about an hour after arriving).

Lunch follows a similar pattern depending whether I've gone for a run.

That's not obsessive is it...? Oh god.


Flavadave,

you got a copy of that training schedule you could email me? I've been wanting to get a decent schedule for ages but idea where to get one.

Am I being obsessive???



The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was to convice the world that triathlon was easy

15/04/2009 at 01:00
not obessed enough to desecrate the sanctity of my clothing :|

....surviving only on warm urine and hot doggers.......

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20/04/2009 at 04:03
Obsessed, Me??? NOOOO.
It's all those other people that are obsessed. It's them who talk about me talking about tri all the time. Get a life , you you...non-triathletes!!! I don't always talk about triathlon. Sometimes I dream about it, think, execute, sleep, eat, live, drink and race triathlon.
So stop saying all I do is talking about triathlon!!!![sm=rolleyes.gif]...........[:)][:D]

ITC rules( well, at least WE think so!).
20/04/2009 at 04:20
'becoming' went ages ago. i already am obesessed!!!! but i love it - its fun to indulge your obsessions!! x
20/04/2009 at 21:33
girlfriend told me I was talking about what i should do to improve my swimming leg in my sleep last night !!
20/04/2009 at 22:23
I love being obsessed, my wife thinks it a phase and is constantly telling me to stop talking to our friends about Tri, and to stop shopping on wiggle !! Did my first Tri (3 more this year) and the bug got even worse, constantly planning how to reduce my times in transition and on each leg. I even start work earlier now so I can knock off earlier to get in extra training before er-indoors gets back from work, though I don't think the dog appreciates it that much I start to see the fear in her eyes when the 2XU kit comes out........[:D]

Theres no such thing as 2nd place, more like 102nd.....

Toughguy 2009: 2:04:19
Mansfield Tri: 1:01:27
Rother Valley Tri: 1:35:51
Hatfield Tri:
Derby Tri:
20/04/2009 at 22:23
i actually had a nightmare about it last night. Dreamt I was late for the start so everything a bit frantic. Ran out of T1 with my running shoes on, got on bike to find bike shoes in pedals - had to tie running shoes round neck for rest of cycle until finally my bike frame disintegrated (totall disintegrated - cables everything) and I had to DNF!

hopefully my first tri will go better than that
20/04/2009 at 23:30
Guilty.
- http://www.triblogs.com is my home page for my browser.
- I have a dozen Saved Searches on eBay to keep track of my hitlist of bikes and bits.
- My stack of 220's live on my side of the bed and get read over and over, searching for the
magical nugget of advise that's going to transform my swim/bike/run!
- I own more lycra than Spiderman.
Edited: 20/04/2009 at 22:30