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The 15 Attributes Necessary for Success in Tri

Posted By: Chuckie V
Date: Wednesday, 2 July 2008, at 8:06 a.m.

I thought I'd cut and paste this from my blog KP, if that's alright...

If you're like most triathletes, and most triathletes are, you've probably familiarized yourself with such terminology as "anaerobic threshold", "glycemic index", and "brick". You may also have learned to program the "proper" zone limits on your heart-rate monitor and what a "V02 Max" is. You've studied the latest training information with the focus of a straight-A student (you put the stud in study) and know precisely the ins and outs of a well-designed taper. You own bicycle equipment developed by nerdly NASA engineers and you pay your entry fees well in advance (the truth is there's no other alternative in this day and age). You eat right and you pull yourself up and out of bed before the sun even thinks about it.

And all of this is but a sliver of what you put into our sport of sports. But here's the thing: very little of it matters to your success. While success is quite obviously a very subjective goal, defined differently by each of us, it is perhaps why we wake up at ungodly hours and why we drag our bodies through the run portion during a triathlon. So while Peter Reid's definition might very well be to beat everyone else to the finish line, your meaning of success might simply be to finish your first triathlon.

And so it was that recently, on yet another thought-provoking bike ride, I came up with what I believe to be the necessary attributes in reaching your goals. All the training in the world won't help you if you don't have at least a portion of the following...

The 15 Attributes Necessary for Success in Triathlon

1 Luck. Without luck, you aren't going go far. (Unless it's bad.)
2 Insanity. Let's face it; triathletes are a strange, strange breed.
3 Drive. Not the ability to drive, but to be driven by your goals.
4 Competitiveness. With yourself. With others. With the demons within.
5 Toughness. Physical toughness, mental toughness, toughness.
6 Fitness. Fat people aren't widespread in triathlon, just spread wide.
7 Tenacity. More than you've ever mustered in your entire life.
8 Humbleness. At the pro level, you don't see much of this.
9 Courage. You'll need more courage than taking that first plunge.
10 Optimism. If you think it'll all work out, keep working out.
11 Curiousness. You've already got this if you're reading this blog.
12 Humor. You better be able to make yourself laugh. (See #2)
13 Hunger. As in food. If you don't eat, you won't last very long.
14 Knowledge. If nothing else, you'd better know the basics.
15 Decisiveness. You can't take it as it comes all the time.


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