You don’t understand the experiences of pure joy and pure hurt that this sport has brought me.
That being said, you also have no idea the immense love I’ve felt for the people triathlon has brought me: a love that far surpasses anything that a successful, pain free long run could ever bring me.
I can’t always put into words the overwhelming feeling that I sometimes experiences when I think about these types of things.
But at the end of the day, it’s truly wonderful: the feeling of improving yourself. And nothing, not a 1st place trophy to a PR, can outshine the adventures and people that I have swam/biked/ran my way into.
I’m not the fastest, strongest, or best. But I love my people and this sport a whole awful lot and I think that’s enough.