Last May I started working to run a 5k. shortly along this journey I became fixated on performing in a triathlon race and eventually a series of triathlon races. At the time I was extremely over weight and out of shape. Most of my life was dedicated to a motivated couch potato life style. Looking back at the me of last year I almost do not recognize the me of yesterday compared to today. Beyond my on going physical transformation there have been other aspect of my life that have been impacted by my push to be a fit, more inspired, athletic person going into my forties. Since its Thursday I figured it would be a good day to share my list of noticeable ‘Other’ changes that have been produced by the effect of my triathlon training.
Things that have changed since I started training for triathlons:
- Post photographs of Myself – If you have read this blog for a while, you will notice that often I put pictures of myself up on posts. I do this because as an obese individual I have always hated the way I look in pictures. Blame it on the poor showing of excess flab or just the raw honesty that become noticeable in pictures, for an over weight insecure person, photographs might as well be immortal torture. As I have gotten fitter and have become more mentally secure with my changing self image, I determined I would post pictures of myself on this blog. I have actually grown to like the way I look in some of them as the weight has come off and I have become more athletic.
- Locker room nudity – May sound odd to some, but since high school gym and maybe earlier, I have always felt awkward getting naked in front of other people. I know its just a bunch of other guys, but being over weight had set this one in pretty firm. When backpacking I often went out of the way to find places to change where no one could possible see a sliver of my flesh. After a few months of triathlon training this fear began to erode, as I often spend 2-3 times a day in the gym or in a shower that is not my home shower. Often I shower more in other places than home and all toiletries are available at all times. I have come to accept that in a locker room and common shower, nudity happens.
- Changing clothing behind towels in public – At some point I realized my need for non-performance clothing trumped my public changing vanity. Lately I seem to have no problems wrapping a towel around my waist and just changing my clothes, regardless how many people are around. This was an issue for me almost as much as public nudity/locker room nudity.
- Tight fitting shorts- Bike and tri shorts are made to be tight on purpose. Being over weight often means a wardrobe of loose fitting baggy clothing and nothing that comes close to actually hugging the skin anywhere. Serious athletic training requires tight shorts and sometimes tops for performance reasons. I now find that I own way to many pairs of compression and spandex shorts and I wear them without another baggy pair over top. Yes I still have allot of middle baggage that goes on display when I wear these shorts or shirts, but you just have to put them on and own wearing them.
- Shirtless – In some ways this is a guy right of passage, taking the shirt off in public without a care in the world. For me this used to only occur when swimming and promptly when exiting the water a shirt went immediately on. Now days I find I don’t parade around without a shirt deliberately, but I am less concerned about not having one on and if I need to take it off, away it goes!
- Multi-workout days seem normal – I have gotten to a point where I almost forget that at one point the idea of running in the morning and biking at night seemed ludicrous and preposterous, or any two or three multi-hour activities in the same day. Often I will refer to a previous days workouts or the current days workout plan when discussing workouts with my work mates and their jaws drop at the sound of it. Until I started working in an office, I some how forgot how jarring a triathlon training schedule can seem and how extreme training can get. Its truly on the border line of obsessive.
That is my quick and dirty non-training specific list of “other” changes that I have noticed since I started this adventure a year ago. Did I miss any? Do you have any personal ones you want to share? Leave them in the comments to discuss. Til next time.
- Where To From Here (chatterdoesfitness.wordpress.com)
- Why are boys shy in front of others? (boysbeauty.wordpress.com)
- Poll: nudity in locker room (homeclothesfree.com)