Last week when I went for my paratriathlon assessment, I had to sign forms. I signed above the line that said “Athlete”.
Hm. I have never really thought of myself as an “athlete”.
I mentioned this to my coach on Sunday. That evolved rather quickly into a discussion about when someone can be considered a “triathlete”. “It’s not like an Ironman – no one announces “You are an Triathlete” and definitely that’s it…” I quipped.
He turned it back around. “At what stage are you considered a negotiator?” he asked. That is my job – I flippantly replied “One deal doesn’t make you a negotiator. Maybe 10 does.”
“So then you need to have 10 triathlons under your belt to call yourself a triathlete,” he said.
Really? At what distance? 10 sprints? 10 Olympics? Or is the process that matters (e.g. the training) rather than the number of races completed? So 10 seasons of training?
A rather quick exchange illustrated a much discussed point… How do you define a triathlete?
What do you think?