If you spend enough time around runners, you will probably hear us talking about our triathlete cousins. And it’s not usually positive. Shelly and I have a few triathlete friends, and we like to tease them about their chosen recreation. It’s meant to be good fun, and they understand we’re only joking. For me, it’s clearly envy as I have about as much swimming ability as a bowling ball.
However, there does seem to be some serious negativity thrown at triathletes in general. I have three questions:
1. What are the stereotypical “triathlete characteristics”, both positive and negative?
2. Are these deserved or accurate?
3. Are these triathlete characteristics, or the characteristics of any person engaging in any sport as an adult?
I suspect it’s simply a case of a few high-profile triathletes shaping the stereotype, and the negativity is in no way a representation of the average triathlete. What are your thoughts?