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When I was at my first cardiologist appointment, the doctor asked me all of the normal questions that you’d expect him to ask. Things like: do you smoke (no), do you drink (well, it’s only 11am so not today!), and why didn’t you take off your pants for the exam??..... basically all the normal stuff. I was going through my history of WHY I came in when the following conversation occurred:
Me: So, my heart would go bonkers while I run, blah blah, symptoms, blah blah, heart explode.
Doc: So, you’re a runner then?
Me: Yeah, I run a lot more than any normal person ever should.
Doc: So are you at an Olympic level? (He is one of the more well-known docs and sees a lot of the pro athletes around town – to be clear I do NOT put off the pro vibe.)
Me: Oh no, I’m not THAT fast, I just do it for fun. But, I am relatively competitive at the amateur level.
Doc: Ok, because if you were an Olympic athlete or a triathlete we’d want to do a complete workup to make sure that you’re cleared to perform with sponsors, etc.
Wait, what? Since when did being a Triathlete equate Olympic level athletic ability? (I’m paraphrasing above, but that was most certainly his intent with his comment)
I think that the thing that frustrated me most is that as a runner (primarily), in this doc’s mind I was less of an athlete than a triathlete. Sure, I don’t log 20 hours of workouts a week, but I do log 9 on a pretty regular basis – and I run 8 miles an hour. In this example, triathletes are fortunate enough that bike rides take time. Someone who is logging 20 hours a week in peak IronMan training is going to be logging 10 of those on the bike, likely all or most in Heart Rate Zone 2 – nice and easy. It all adds up.
That said, many people have argued that some of the best athletes in the world are decathlons. These guys/gals are sorta good at ALL sports. Could they outrun Usain Bolt? No. But they can sure out pole-vault him and can probably get to within 0.4 seconds of his 100m time. So, are THEY better than everyone else? Or, just like triathlon, is that a different sport all together?
What do YOU think? I know that I have a lot of triathletes who read this blog. Disagree with me! Tell me you’re better! Tell me you’re worse! I’d love to hear it.
I will say one thing though.... Triathletes are certainly hotter. Damn it anyway.