Do you smell like chlorine all the time? No problem. Does your bike have its own room in the house? Of course.
For triathletes, many of these quirks are considered a rite of passage in our close, tight-knit community. If any of these quirks apply to you, start swimming, cycling and running stat—and in that order, too.
You have a pain cave.1 of 31
Abandon all hope, ye who enter here.
Your house looks like a bike shop.2 of 31
One bike in the living room, one in the hallway, two in the garage...
No bathroom, no problem.3 of 31
You've peed in your wetsuit, on your bike and while running. NBD.
Wardrobe makeover.4 of 31
When your closet becomes dominated by tri kits and finisher T-shirts.
4 a.m. alarms are the new normal.5 of 31
But it never, ever gets easier.
You run without socks.6 of 31
Those 15 seconds you save NOT putting on socks are important, OK?
You have an M-Dot tattoo.7 of 31
How else will anyone know you're an IRONMAN?
You get serious gear jealousy.8 of 31
The new 2019 model was released? Guess it's time for a trip to the bike shop.
Birds of a feather.9 of 31
You spend more time with your tri friends than your usual crew.
You know what a brick workout is.10 of 31
We're not talking about doing squats with a couple of cinderblocks.
You've used the #swimbikerun hashtag.11 of 31
Don't forget #IRONMAN, #triathlon or #lifebehindbars, either.
You can't wait to hear, "[NAME] YOU ARE AN IRONMAN!"12 of 31
The five words making all your hard training days worth it.
Multiple hours on your bike is normal.13 of 31
You'd rather ride four hours than drive your car for one.
26.2?14 of 31
You're missing the other 114.4.
You have a favorite discipline.15 of 31
And you make excuses to skip other workouts to train for it more often.
Your grocery bill goes through the roof.16 of 31
As if the cost of race registrations weren't enough.
You've shaved everything.17 of 31
Because smooth is fast—or something like that.
Vacations become mini training camps.18 of 31
Your family may be barbequing on the beach, but you're swimming across the lake.
You're a member of several triathlon Facebook groups.19 of 31
Shout out to Pathetic Triathletes Group, You Know You're an IRONMAN When...
Your bike costs more than your car.20 of 31
Well, you can't drive your car on the bike leg of an IRONMAN.
You smell like chlorine 24/7.21 of 31
You're known around the office as the "swimmer."
You dread laundry day.22 of 31
Doesn't hanging up all your expensive kits count as active recovery?
Awkward tan lines are the new normal.23 of 31
Awkward? More like a badge of honor
You're a rocket scientist.24 of 31
Snot rocket, that is.
You have less than 10 toenails.25 of 31
Honestly, why do we even have toenails in the first place?
You count down to your post-race meal.26 of 31
That cheeseburger, milkshake and pound of fries aren't gonna eat themselves.
Your friends don't recognize you in street clothes.27 of 31
You mean you don't wear your aero helmet and cycling sunglasses at the grocery store?
Checking Strava is a daily ritual.28 of 31
How else are you going to creep on your competitor's progress?
Hearing "mud run" makes you mad.29 of 31
"Oh, you've done an IRONMAN? My son/friend/wife does mud runs!"
You train six days a week.30 of 31
And wouldn't have it any other way.