Why do triathletes post their workouts online?

Why do triathletes feel the need to post their workouts online? I have never seen athletes in higher profile sports post stats from their practice. Never have I seen a basketball player post something about scoring 50 points at practice, or a quarterback post about completing 24/27 passes in practice. It seems it is fairly isolated to triathlon and I can’t put my finger on why. As with everything, there are reasons for and against. This is what I came up with. Reasons for posting your workout results online.

  1. Sharing good quality workouts with others so they can use them.
  2. Back door brag. This is a perfectly feasible explanation. Just admit to it being a brag.
  3. Showing legitimate improvement compared to a past workout. This may be the best reason to post the results of a workout. If you are getting better, good for you. You have every right to be proud of yourself.

Reasons against posting your workout results online.

  1. Giving a brief snapshot of your overall training doesn’t tell anyone anything about the big picture and how this one workout fits in.
  2. There is never a good reason to post the results of an aerobic session. If you are running 6min/mile you may be an Olympian or not know what aerobic means and be doing your training more harm than good.
  3. No one outside of triathlon or swimming, biking and running has any idea what your training numbers mean.
  4. Those that do know what your numbers mean are not going to be impressed anyway.
  5. If you are bragging, it is hard to tell what you are bragging about.
  6. There is nothing on the line during a workout; it doesn’t mean much to anyone except you in your quest to get better for a time when it does count.
  7. You are risking an unfollow from the one and only @therealstarky. Nobody wants that.

There is a time and a place for everything. Strava has filled the niche of people wanting to compete during their training. If you are feeling the need to share your workout success with the world on facebook and twitter, this might be the place for you to turn.

I’d love to hear what everyone thinks on this matter by voting below.

I will share the results on my twitter page, @jamesthorp23 in the follow weeks. Stay tuned.

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