He responded almost the exact same way that I would have, that our calendar is almost full (though, not registered for many of the events yet) and that our big race is Ironman Louisville.
That made me smile, and I thought about how many benefits there are to being a triathlete couple. While Mike would be supportive of me if I was the only triathlete in our house, and vice versa, it is nice to be a couple of triathletes that happen to be a couple.
Only a triathlete couple willing does a Du and then a half marathon the next day!
For one thing, we get to train together. This may not always be the case with every couple but we are almost the exact same speed when it comes to swimming and running and biking typically work out nicely for us. We do train separately at times due to time constraints, schedules, etc. but for the most part I can always count on Mike to be there to train with me.
We get to have each other for support at races. We rarely have raced "together together" (only two times, from what I can remember) but we race the same events. I love seeing Mike out on the course, whether on the bike or during the run, and if we can high five each other it's even better! He is always at the finish line cheering for me, and even though I sometimes give him a stink face I really appreciate his support.
Speaking of support, we are there for each other no matter what this crazy sport throws at us. We know the frustrations of being injured (been there done that) and provide support when needed or know when to back off and not say anything. Mike's crash was one of the scariest things we have gone through, but being a triathlete myself helped. And he also didn't mind when I asked the surgeon (luckily he didn't need surgery) when he could start swimming, biking and running again!
Support is a family affair!
We get it. So many people don't understand why we find enjoyment in running 20 miles, biking 60 miles or running an overnight relay (just to name a few). Mike gets it, and I get it. We can talk about our passion for this sport together and get it. We also don't mind that 10pm is bed time and that we wake up just as early (or earlier) on the weekends for training, since we are both doing it.
Who's excited about an overnight relay? We are!
And probably the best part of being a triathlete couple is that we have a lot of fun along the way!
Becoming Half Ironmen together was a great day!
Wearing a tutu, no big deal
We LOVE this life!