Sunday, August 17, 2008


Sometimes I forget that every one's life doesn't include words like "brick", "transition area", and *audible gasp*, "Ironman".

So there I was, sitting in the chair, getting my hair cut, like I do 2 or 3 times a year. My stylist, Tiffany, was working away. She is into bikes, both pedal and motor as is her husband. He used to race motocross until he wrecked pretty hard and was injured seriously enough to have to stop racing. Up until this year, they both have cycled quite a bit. We would always talk about which rides we had been doing and what the few-and-far-between up-coming events in Omaha were. Apparently, she has also been having some chronic pain issues and hasn't been riding. I guess people's lives and interests change. It's no big deal but it was so strange the way our conversation was so different from before. It went from comparing adventures to her telling me what a "go-getter" I am. Lame. Anywho, she asked what trips or races I had done this summer and I had casually told her about the HIM in Wisconsin. (Really, it's the only place I have gone.) She looked at me blankly.
"What's that?" she asked.
I looked back at her a little confused. "You know, a half Ironman."
"Is that a bike race?"
"Ummm, no.... it's half of an Ironman." I was confused. You know, Ironman? I couldn't even explain it, I was so bewildered that she didn't know what I was talking about. I even busted out the, "you know, the Hawaii Ironman?" Hahahahaha. Wow.
I did eventually explain that it was a triathlon and stumble through the distances.

I know that it is unreasonable to think that everybody knows all about triathlon but isn't Kona one of the biggest sporting events EVER? Well, maybe not, but you know what? I like the little imaginary world that I live in. If anyone cares to join me, I'd be happy to have ya, it's great here. Otherwise, see you on the flip side. :)


Jamie said...

Haha. I have had the same exact conversations with people before.

I tell them I did a half ironman, and all they hear is "ironman" and were so confused.

"Wait, you went all the way to Hawaii?! That is awesome!"

My family has now given up calling me Jamie and just started calling me "ironman." I'm not too keen on getting credit for something I haven't done yet, but I can only correct them so many times. :-)

blink said...

Yeah, I just don't even mention it (tri) to someone that I know has no idea and the others, forget it.

Only talk tri with the tri peeps.

While I'm here, good luck next weekend. Kick ass and take names!

bigmike600 said...

Yep pretty much what blink says. Too much hassle to try to explain it to the common folk.

J-Wim said...

I find myself talking and talking and when I finally come up for air, the person I'm talking to is looking at me like I have 3 heads.... then I shut up and ask about their day.