Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Hello, my Name is Jamie, and I'm a Recovering Triathlete

Triathlon and I have broken it off. We're through. I'm keeping all of triathlon's stuff, though. Maybe, with some time and space, we'll become friends again. But our relationship is at its end.

By the way, it wasn't me; it was triathlon. Triathlon was fun and easy-going when we first met, but over time it became high maintenance. It took itself too seriously. It was kind of a jerk. I'm done with it. I've got a new sport in my life, though. It's less demanding of my time, and doesn't take itself as seriously.

Yes, friends. I've broken up with triathlon and am focusing exclusively on cycling.

I've been planning an exodus from triathlon for at least a year. I figured, after doing an Ironman, I'd either be addicted to full distance or be done with triathlon. I was looking forward to finding a new challenge. The choice came down to cycling or rugby (exclusively as a referee, though; I don't need any more head injuries). I've decided to remain on the sidelines (as a fan and occasional touch judge) regarding rugby, mostly because my local women's rugby team practices from 8:30-10:30 p.m. and I have to be at work no later than 6 a.m.

So I set about finding a cycling team that would suit me. There were several to choose from in the D.C. Metro, but I found myself most comfortable in the company of Veloworks-Spokes Etc. I'll be riding with them as a Cat. 4 woman. I think they have a great team philosophy (primarily "Don't be an asshole."); there are enough women to do cool things in races without having so many that you can't know each other really well; they're serious about training without taking themselves too seriously; and I really like the people on the team!

I've never focused exclusively on cycling before. If anything, I've de-emphasized cycling in my triathlon training, because it's my strongest sport. I'm excited to see what I can do by training exclusively as a cyclist. Maybe I have pro-caliber talent as a cyclist! But probably not. Probably I'm average, or slightly above. But I'm excited to find it out, and to do it in the company of a cool team.

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