Mercedes DeCarli
4 min readJun 15, 2015

15 Reasons Triathletes are Crazy

The sport of triathlon takes a special type of person — a person who is not afraid to put their blood, sweat, and tears into a sport and possibly tuck away most of their sanity.

  1. First off, who has the time to spend training for THREE sports.
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Okay, let me go take a nap now. Just thinking of this makes me tired.

2. Swimming. In open water. With sharks.

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3. Long miles run on the road = new shoes every two months

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Runners are advised to change out their running shoes with every 300 to 500 miles they run on them, according to Runner’s World. That adds up to a lot of shoes in one year! http://www.runnersworld.com/running-shoes/running-shoe-faq

4. Their bikes cost more than a used car. Racing wheels, top-notch components, and electronic shifters, oh my.

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According to a demographics poll from USA Triathlon, triathletes spent: $2,274 spent on bikes and $564 on race fees in past 12 months. That cost doesn’t include bike equipment, footwear, or nutritional supplements which add on another $1,171. http://www.usatriathlon.org/about-multisport/demographics.aspx

5. They fuel their training with foods labeled as: gels, gummy chews and bars. What is an energy gel even made of??

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6. They all eat super healthy. Sprouted wheat bread, almond butter, and kale just to name a few.

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7. But they can also eat pretty much whatever they want.

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During a full-lengeth triathlon (2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, and 26.2 mile run), a female will burn anywhere from 8,000–9,000 calories while a male will burn 9,500–10,500. http://www.nutritionatc.hawaii.edu/HO/2004/279.htm

8. And a TON of it.

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9. They wake up at ridiculous hours of the day to train. Who can even think at 4:30 in the morning?!

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10. They subject themselves to pain — and enjoy every minute of it. Then tell everyone about it later. I mean, everyone.

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11. Bike, shoes, and helmet all have to match or it’s the end of the world.

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Did I mention the tri suit has to match the water bottle.

12. Who’s crazy enough to swim 2.4-miles, bike 112-miles, and then run a marathon in less than 17 hours?

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Almost 2,000 people take on this feat at the Ironman World Championships in Kailua-Kona, HI each October with thousands participating at other events. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jeffrey-bland/kona-ironman_b_1975487.html

13. They do all that just for a medal… to hang on their wall.

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The average entry fee for a full distance triathlon? Around $600… http://www.bloomberg.com/consumer-spending/2012-11-05/the-real-cost-of-completing-a-triathlon.html#slide15

14. They get the weirdest tan lines. And show them off proudly.

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15. They’re crazy, but how can you not like someone who looks this good in spandex?

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