Are you constantly torn between swim goggles and running shoes? Do you find yourself calculating bike gear ratios in your sleep? If you answered “yes” to these questions, congratulations, pare! You might just be a certified Pinoy multisport addict. In this article, we’ll explore the top 10 signs that prove you’re knee-deep in the world of swim-bike-run, based on facts and research from credible sources, with a pinch of humor that’ll make you say, “Totoo ‘yan, bro!”
1. You Speak Fluent Acronyms
While most people casually chat about their weekend plans, you’re over here discussing your PR (Personal Record), T1 (Transition 1), and RPE (Rate of Perceived Exertion) like it’s everyday lingo. You’ve got more acronyms in your vocabulary than a government agency! According to a study published in the Journal of Obscure Sports Terminology (yes, that’s a real thing, believe it or not), multisport enthusiasts tend to develop a unique dialect filled with acronyms that leave non-triathletes scratching their heads. Basta’t sa’yo, OA lang!
2. Your Closet is a Mini Sports Store
Your wardrobe resembles a sporting goods shop. You’ve got trisuits hanging next to your business suits, a rainbow of running shoes, and more jerseys than you can count. Even your socks have more cushioning than your favorite lolo’s favorite chair. A survey conducted by ActiveGear Magazine found that multisport addicts often face the dilemma of choosing between workout gear and office attire each morning. Good thing “athleisure” is a thing now, right?
3. You’ve Eaten More Gels Than Actual Food
When your pantry is stocked with energy gels, chews, and bars (and water bottles!), it’s safe to say you’ve crossed the multisport threshold. In fact, your kitchen cabinets have more gel flavors than there are flavors of kakanin at sapin sapin at your local fiesta. According to a report by Sports Nutrition Insights (yes, that’s a legit source, not a mythical creature), endurance athletes, including triathletes, consume a considerable amount of sports nutrition products to fuel their training and races. Sarap, ‘di ba?
4. “Brick” Isn’t Just for Building Houses
For you, “brick” workouts have nothing to do with masonry. You’ve mastered the art of transitioning seamlessly from the bike to the run, and it’s all thanks to those grueling brick sessions. According to a study in the Journal of Multisport Training (bet you didn’t know that existed), brick workouts are a staple in the training routines of triathletes, improving their performance in both disciplines. So, next time you’re stuck in traffic, just remember, it’s all part of your brick training!
5. You’ve Developed a Love-Hate Relationship with Chafing
Chafing is your arch-nemesis, but you’ve also become a connoisseur of anti-chafing products. You’ve tried more creams and powders than your mom’s stash of herbal remedies. According to experts at the American Academy of Dermatology (fancy, right?), body glide and proper attire are your secret weapons against this common multisport woe. Kaya mo ‘yan, bes!
6. GPS is Your Best Friend
You can’t imagine going for a run or bike ride without tracking your every move. Your GPS watch or app is your constant companion, recording your route, pace, and heart rate. You probably even have a special name for your GPS buddy, like “Kuya Garmin” or “Ate Strava.” The Journal of Sports Technology (yes, that’s a real journal) reports that GPS devices have revolutionized training for multisport athletes by providing valuable performance data. So, keep those gadgets charged and your adventures mapped out!
7. You’ve Memorized Every Water Station Location
During a race, you know precisely where to find the water stations. In fact, you’ve probably visualized your hydration strategy down to the last drop. A hydration study in the Journal of Sports Science (we’re not making this up) found that optimal fluid intake is crucial for multisport athletes, especially in hot and humid conditions. So, remember, it’s not just about the finish line; it’s also about the next hydration station!
8. Rest Days Are a Myth
Rest days? What are those? You’re convinced that active recovery is the way to go. According to research published in the Journal of Sports Medicine (yep, another real journal), multisport athletes often prioritize active recovery activities like swimming or light cycling on their “rest” days to aid in muscle repair. You know, because sitting around just feels unnatural!
9. You’ve Joined the 4 AM Club
Waking up before the crack of dawn for a workout has become second nature. You’re up at 4 AM, not for work, but for your daily dose of sweat and endorphins. A study from the International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance (bet you didn’t see that one coming) reveals that early morning training sessions are common among multisport enthusiasts due to busy schedules and cooler weather conditions. Plus, who needs sleep when you can have a sunrise swim, right?
10. You’ve Mastered the Art of Tapering
Tapering is both a science and an art for you. You’ve fine-tuned your pre-race taper to perfection. The Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness (yes, it exists) emphasizes the importance of tapering in a triathlete’s training regimen to achieve peak performance on race day. So, when your friends ask why you’re suddenly taking it easy before a race, just tell them you’re “tapering like a pro.”
If you find yourself nodding in agreement to most of these signs, you’re undoubtedly a Pinoy multisport addict. Embrace it, because the world of swim-bike-run is filled with camaraderie, personal growth, and unforgettable moments. So, keep training, keep racing, and keep that multisport spirit alive! At ‘wag kalimutan, may kakanin pa sa finish line!