Nothing has brought out my true colors much like the sport of triathlon. And in case you’re wondering, my colors aren’t always bright and energetic and cheerful. Sometimes they’re dull, drab and ugly.
Marriage brings out my true colors too. The yellow, the hot pink and the black and brown.
Nothing has forced me to face my flaws and weaknesses much like triathlon training has.
Marriage also forces me to look at those ugly things and it helps me grow and change and become more like Christ.
Nothing has challenged me to overcome obstacles, to be flexible and to go with the flow, or shown me that I am capable of so much more than I thought much like the sport of triathlon.
Similarly, throughout our marriage, we’ve learned to face challenges by holding hands and keeping a positive attitude, we’ve learned (and are still learning) to compromise and not get bent out of shape when things do go how we want them to, and marriage has confirmed how much better we are together… as a team.
Here’s a fun fact. Did you know that Davey and I met because I did a triathlon? Read more about that here.
Today is our 5 year anniversary. It rained on our wedding day just like it rains for most of our triathlons. But despite the rain, it was the most awesome day ever.
Marriage has brought us closer together and training for triathlons has brought us closer together. We’ve had great training days, and some not so great ones. Davey has run in the opposite direction a few times and said, “I’ll meet you at home”, just to get away from my runners rage. I have been in tears more times then I can count because I feel like I can’t keep up and that I suck at triathlons.
Davey has helped me when I’ve crashed on my bike, he held my hand when I got stitches and then he bought me a whole pizza just to cheer me up. He has encouraged and cheered me on as I got over my fear of clipless pedals. I have motivated and pushed Davey to go for a swim with me when he just doesn’t feel like working out and vice versa.
Davey disagrees with me when I tell him I’m self-conscious because I feel like my butt jiggles when I run and I tell Davey how strong and sexy he looks in his bike shorts that he’s embarrassed to wear. Davey comes to spin class with me even though he’d rather ride his bike outside. I go for a swim with Davey for the 4th time in one week even though I still have water in my ears from the day before and don’t feel like getting my hair wet.
The sport of triathlon is such an adventure and we love training together. Well, most of the time.
When we race, we try and set up our transition area next to each other and it’s so fun to see each other along the course. It’s also pretty great to have someone to talk about and analyze every single detail of the race afterwards.
Marriage is good for us. Triathlons are good for us. There is love in marriage and there is love in triathlon. Miranda Carfrae and Tim O’Donnell agree.
Triathlons are for lovers.