Am I Addicted to Working Out?

Hilary Topper's signature pose in florida

How can anyone be addicted to working out? It’s boring. It takes effort to get out the door. And, sometimes it hurts. Well, that’s what I used to think before I became a triathlon junkie.

Is there a TA?

I am a Triathlon Addict. There, I said it. Hmmm… I wonder if there’s a TA (Triathlete’s Anonymous) meeting somewhere?

I realized this the other day when I pinged one of my friends and said, “I don’t know if it’s just me, but do you think about working out all the time.”

He answered back that it’s probably because I’m working too hard.

But, it’s all I think about. I love swimming, cycling and running.

Some of my old friends think I’m absolutely out of my mind, that’s why I’ve been hanging with my new friends, haha!

The other day, I told my coach how I felt. She said, that most of the people she knows it’s part of their lives and always has been. She said, “I can understand why you feel it’s a little strange when you never were like this most of your life.”

Dreaming about Swimming

But do normal people dream about swimming? Last night, all of my dreams revolved around swimming. I was doing dry land swimming exercises and I was swimming in the open water. I could literally feel my arm go out, scoop up the water while keeping my elbows high, then following through.

On my off days (rest days), I’m thinking about swimming or cycling. I don’t think about running (although I can firmly say, I do love running.)

Training for a running event or a triathlon has been a part of my life now for the last 1/5 of my life. And, to be honest, if I just swim, bike and run for the rest of my life without competing, I would be happy.

I’m grateful that I am able to do this and I really hope that I can continue to do this as I get older.