Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Why on earth do I do this?

1. When I see a 6 hour ride on my schedule, my whole body smiles
2. I love the smell of chlorine in my sweat when I'm riding the night after a 4k swim
3. Because I can
4. It was either this, or follow my true dream of becoming a French runway model
5. Seeing the sunrise is a beautiful thing. Why not see it every day?
6. Running in the rain kicks ass
7. I always wanted to be able to bounce a quarter off my ass
8. Gives me an outlet for my impulsive spending
9. I don't have anything better to do
10. I've met more truly wonderful and inspiring people this year than my 27 prior years combined
11. I really like to be sweaty
12. I like to take my calories in the form of amorphous brown chocolate flavored carbohydrate packs
13. Because, really after the first hour your crotch goes numb and you don't feel that hard plastic seat anymore
14. To find out if I have What it Takes
15. Because I just bought almost $200 worth of "nutrition" and I'm sure not going to eat that crap at work
16. Because it makes my dad so happy
17. I feel invincible when I'm not sore the day after a 6 hour workout
18. There is no better way to wake up than a 5k swim
19. Triathlete men are hot
20. I have to justify the countless hours I spend on the Slowtwitch forum
21. For the finisher's chute
22. I want to see how many times I can legitimately go to the doctor in one year
23. I need a good excuse to eat more peanut butter
24. Nothing makes you regular like a steady diet of 3500 calories per day
25. I love the way spandex feels on my body
26. There is nothing quite like the feeling of true exhaustion after a really long brick
27. I feel like a superhero in my wetsuit
28. My bike was made for me and I was made for my bike
29. Because it's hard
30. Always having a good excuse to get a massage
31. I never liked underwear anyway
32. Peanut butter Cliff Bars, Peanut butter Power Bars, Peanut Butter Captain Crunch...
33. I needed one more reason for people to think I'm crazy
34. The far east/southeast side of Cleveland is an amazing place to be on a bike
35. I can now get "wasted" off one glass of wine
36. Saturday nights are overrated
37. Being outside is freeing
38. I really want to see if it's possible for me to pee while biking
39. Racing makes me smile
40. Feeling firsthand the electricity in the air 30 seconds before the canon fires.


Mallie said...

Great list, Jodi. This is one you should definitely "tag" some others with, as it's not only fun, but inspirational. Keep up the good work!

Kate said...

what an awesome list- so true and so inspirational! wow- I'm a complete parrot... but mallie said it all so well :-)

Wes said...

Nice list, Jodi! I think we are glad you didn't become a french runway model too! Becoming "french" is just WAY to much work :-)

JenC said...

Amen sister! In particular, I identify most with 24, 27 and 28!! See you Friday!

DaisyDuc said...

Between the quarter and the underwear ones, I am still laughing!

#10 is huge on my list...really within this last year or so I met some of the most wonderful people through this sport!

erichollins said...

#4 really struck a cord with me. Great list.

TriSonq said...

#3 ditto
#10. The best part about standing in line at the expos is hearing other people's stories
#13. Umm. Not so much for me.
#16. Awwww.
#19. Aren't we?!? ;)
#31. Umm. Comment of "No comment" or I'm just going to keep it to myself.
#35. Love being the cheap drunk after weekend bricks.
#36. Yeah. I don't have to use the "because I'm a loser" excuse. Training. Yeah, that's the reason I'm staying in. Ha!

Love reading ya!

TriSaraTops said...

Great list!

The peeing thing...yeah. Let's just say I couldn't bring myself to "practice," but it did save me a ton of time on race day. As the little old lady from Billy Madison says, "If peeing your pants is cool, consider me Miles Davis."



Eric said...

#4 - Now you are a hot triathlon model.
#7 - Are you going to demonstrate at the picnic?
#10 - You are one of those people.
#29 - If it were easy everyone would be doing it.
#31 - going commando is good.
#35 - My nickname of two beer still holds true, now more than ever.
#38 - You will get there. Be Free.

TriSaraTops loves that Billy Madison quote.

teacherwoman said...

#19 stuck with me. More reason to get started with training to become a triathlete... hehehe

Great list!

SkiRough said...

I LOVE IT!! :)

#10 is accurate for me as well. :) And honey, with that hot tri bod, perhaps the runway model is the next logical step ;)

Papa Louie said...

Peeing while riding is a skill. Just stand up and do it. They say urine is sterile and if you think about that, it's not so bad if you have to do it in your shorts.

Chad in the Arizona Desert said...

Great list! Some of these had me just laughing my ass off.

I hope you knee is feeling better. Sounds like your bike fitness will be rock solid for the race.

B Bop said...

Good stuff! Reading it I was going back and forth from feeling inspired and simply smiling to lauging at the obsurtities, in all their truth.

I agree with teacherwoman, due to #19 I should get on the ball and get that first one finished ;-)

I hope the knee is feeling better!!

JeffM said...

Great list! For me #3 and 28 are the best.
Hope your knee gets better.

Charlie said...

Why on earth wouldn't we do this?.

Jorge M said...

now THAT is a top 40 list for tri-ing!
would you marry me? ;-)

Good luck getting ready for CdA