Why Do Triathletes Post Their Workouts Online (Part II)
A few weeks ago I did a post addressing the topic of why triathletes like to post their workouts online, while addressing the pros and cons of each. This topic sparked a lot of interest and it's easy to see why. There are a wide spectrum of thoughts on the topic. Some people love it and some people do not. I asked this question through a poll on my post and after a few weeks and a lot of response, here are the results.
I am sure my thoughts on the matter have become quite obvious, particularly if you follow me on twitter. However, I prefer to let the results of the poll speak for themselves. There are very few people that like hearing about your workout results online. There are even fewer people that love hearing about them. I would like to say that I can understand where everyone is coming from on the matter. Posting workouts shows how hard you are working. It also shows how much you have improved and keeps you honest as you move towards a goal. Having said that, it is also easy to see the other side of the coin. It is annoying to see a newsfeed clogged with people telling you how fast they did their 100*100s on at the pool or what pace they averaged for their 3 hour long run. Your improvements in endurance sport come from chronic training, not a single successful workout. It isn't pretty, but then again, it wouldn't be as attractive if it was.
As the winter draws to a close and the sun finally begins to come out in Ohio I am getting excited to attack the 2014 season. As it stands, I am looking to kick my summer off at the Olympic distance Memphis in May on May 18. Although you may not have been hearing about all my workouts online, rest assured, I have been out there grinding away. This in itself gives me confidence that when I cross that finish line and the results are official I will have something impressive to share with you all.
Until then, train hard and stay safe.