A couple of weekends ago, when I completed the Towne Lake Triathlon in Cypress, Texas, Mark came along to cheer me on. He’s done ten marathons since we first began dating, and as long as I wasn’t participating in another way, I cheered him on during his race. I’ve signed up for less races, but he’s always my number one fan, too.
After Towne Lake Tri, Mark seemed a little off. I was so excited to be getting over my open water fears, and had already planned on getting in two more races before the season was over in a few short weeks. When I told him my plans, he was frank:
“They wouldn’t let me cross any barriers, because of where the transition zone was.”
“I couldn’t see you the whole time, I was just waiting around.”
“I don’t know if I want to spend every other weekend doing this for the next six weeks.”
I totally understood, told him he didn’t have to come, and briefly worried that I’d be needing some Spousal Approval Units. He’s done some trail races, and I don’t cheer at those because they aren’t as conducive to cheering. I hoped he would soon get in a better mood, and we carried on about other things. Until later:
“It was so boring earlier. I think I’m just going to take up triathlon too. That way, we can train for your Ironman together.”
My excitement can’t be put into words–I’m beyond stoked to be spending tons of quality time with my husband as I achieve this goal. I think it’s funny how he nonchalantly fell into the sport, but I’m not complaining! He’s been doing a lot of the fourth sport of triathlon: shopping, and yesterday, Sunday, was our first triathlon race day as a couple.
But, first! I had to make him one of my most important part of race day gear (and, as anyone who has done this type of race knows, there is a PLENTY of gear): a checklist! I made one for my 70.3 that I can use over and over again with dry erase pens and it was super convenient.
Want one, too?
- Just print out this: Printable His and Hers Triathlon Race Checklists
- Cut along the dotted lines.
- Get your hands on some self sealing laminating pouches.
- Space out the two lists in the pouches.
- Follow the instructions on the pouch.
- Cut about 1/4 inch away from the edges of the paper (or the self laminating pouch wont stay shut)
And, voila! Reusable Triathlon Checklists to keep in your bag (they’re waterproof, too!)
I recommend using ultra fine tip Expo dry erase markers if you’re particular, like me.