A Quick New Years Post

>> Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Our 2011 New Years Card:

Snowshoeing and skiing in WI, hiking the Superstition Mountains in AZ,
swimming in Lake Mary in northern MN, riding roller coasters in
Cedar Point after Rev3, and out cats in the living room.

Last week, I published this article on my Examiner page. It's a good reminder for all of us, so I figured I'd share it here too.

Here's a note I recently saw that helps put the "New Year's crowd" at the gym in perspective. It was written and posted by "Marmadaddy" in a BeginnerTriathlete forum. Marmadaddy is one of BTs site administrators. Here's what he had to say:

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We're endurance athletes. We train all year not only outside, but also at the gym and the pool. We can expect some serious crowding in both places for the next few weeks. It happens every year.

Suddenly we have to add 30 minutes to our scheduled gym time because of the "resolutionists". There are no parking places. When you do manage to find one and get to the locker room 10 minutes behind schedule, there aren't any lockers available and the door is blocked by someone trying to remember the way to the weight room. In there, the machines you need to use are all occupied by people in new track suits pushing too much weight with truly horrible form. The bubbler is blocked by someone who is trying hard not to look totally out of their element. You can't get in the pool because it's jammed with people using pull buoys on their arms and kickboards as flotation devices. Half the lanes have people with no goggles and baggy swim trunks down to their knees who can't swim an entire lap.

The whole freakin' place is filled with...with...


It's one of my favorite sights. I've never been in a place more full of hope than a gym during the first week of January. It's a place full of people giving action to their dreams. People who for that day are making an effort to be fit, to improve themselves, to live a better quality of life. The effort and courage it takes them to get there that morning is huge. It certainly exceeds what it takes me. I know where everything is. I know the pool etiquette. I know what my workout is going to be and how to use the machines. I'm not the least bit embarrassed to take my shirt off in the locker room. This is routine for me. These new people will be showing a lot of courage and determination by going to the gym in the next few weeks and they'll deserve my respect. They'll get it.

It wasn't that long ago that I was one of them. During the next few weeks I'll be making an effort to help some of these people feel a little less uncomfortable. Maybe make eye contact with some of them, be ready to give a nod or say hello.

Once we're halfway into February, the crowds will be gone. Parking will be easy. Machines will be available again. The wait at the pool will go away. We know this. We're endurance athletes. We know the reward that comes from sticking through the hard parts.

And from helping others through them.

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I read this to my wife, and it really gave us a different perspective on "resolutionists." Have you seen new faces at the gym or in the pool? Be kind to these people - you never know if they are about to become a new training buddy. Happy New Year!

Something to consider before you get too annoyed with those "resolutionists" at your gym. ;)

Back with my "Meet of the Miles" race report from last night shortly....


Christi 8:56 AM, January 11, 2011  

Thanks for sharing that new perspective on "resolutionists!" I will try and be more tolerant of them at the gym.

Tammy 9:21 AM, January 11, 2011  

Great perspective on the resolutioners.
Love your New Year's card, too.

The Triathlon Rx 10:42 AM, January 11, 2011  

Good reminder. I'm sure people have rolled their eyes with impatience at me before too (trying to handle my rescued dog at the lake rings a bell....) and I definitely appreciated others patience, help, and advice.

Happy new years!

p.s. voted for you on that top 10.... two of my other favorite blogs (triarosario and swimbikerunlive) are in the running too!

Bruther 10:53 AM, January 11, 2011  

Not only that, you never know if a couple of them may stick around and kick your butt someday.

Julie 8:43 PM, January 11, 2011  

this is fantastic! Thanks for sharing. I've had the same feeling about going to Weight Watcher the last couple of weeks. I will change my attitude. :)

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