Ok I KNOW my friends and family who are reading this are laughing, but I ALWAYS thought of myself as a super relaxed person …. Type B for sure - Maybe even type C. I can HEAR you laughing.
I AM relaxed - I am! But sometimes I get a little “crazy” about some details. Only as it pertains to training as in my equipment, nutrition, sleep, hydration, data, and even the color of my pee.
Yep - just broke that seal — I said pee, urine, piss - whatever. It’s actually a diagnostic that triathletes very freely talk about. It might only be triathletes since I’ve gotten some weird looks when it comes up in general conversation.
Yep I missed a workout this weekend - a two-hour run. Two days later and I’m still not comfortable with an Orange block on my Training Peaks page. Training Peaks is a shared-calendar tool where your coach puts your workouts and you upload the data from a finished workout. The reason I never miss workouts is that the guilt kills me and I’ll admit it - I don’t like my Training Peaks software to register anything but green blocks. Red or Yellow indicates a workout was incomplete or non existent. Green = a good solid week.
I was still pretty active - with out-of-town guests. We hiked and did other things. I had a backup plan for workouts - which is a great thing for me so I can stay loose and chill. I still lost sleep. This is one of the great things about having worked with my coach for 4 years. He’s great about cross-training - recovery days, mountain biking, long rides with no power - just for fun (imagine that?) - hiking, snowshoeing - just keep moving ( I take my Garmin just to see what my data look like). It’s really great and keeps the FUN in the training.
On my recovery days I actually get a lot done. Stuff that I let go during the week (see? I AM relaxed) - laundry, clean my bikes, a short run, vacuum, check bike fitting and do a quick spin just to loosen up the legs, clean out the fridge and hit the market and best yet - collect all the bike water bottles that are on literally EVERY surface in the house. I think one of those days I trimmed the hedges in front of the house - all 90 feet of them. That was before I washed all the cars inside and out and then repainted the front door.
I guess the answer is No - triathletes are NOT Type A - I think some are for sure - but I’m definitely Type C - Maybe B? Except for my equipment, nutrition, hydration, bike shorts, brand of chamois cream, sleep, and data. Other than that - we’re a pretty chill crowd.