The license plate on my car has one of those license plate covers on it. It has a little stick figure swimmer, a cyclist and a runner. It says 'triathlon'.
Doug gave it to me for my birthday.
I love my license plate cover. I don't see it often because it's rare that I approach my car from the angle where I would see it but, every time I spot it, I smile.
I spotted it yesterday while pushing my grocery cart to my car.
And for the first time I wondered. What makes someone a triathlete?
Is it the fact that they have competed in triathlons?
The fact that they are able to swim? Ride a bike? And run? In succession?
I wondered because, for the first time in two years, I'm not exactly sure I can call myself a triathlete. I'm not exactly sure I am allowed to be in that group of athletes.
How long does the secret password last?
I have been running a lot and running well. But I have not been in the pool once in the past three weeks and now it's closed for two more.
Cycling, which I do every Sunday, hasn't happened once in five Sundays. Why? Because I had two weddings, one bachelorette, one half marathon and one wedding shower all either on Sundays or out of town.
So am I a triathlete if I'm not currently swimming or cycling but I really want to? Am I a triathlete because I guess, if I tried, I could do a triathlon tomorrow and get myself across the finish line? Am I a triathlete because I have done triathlons?
How long does the crown last before it starts to rust?
I don't think it's too rusty yet. I mean it's been less than 10 months since I did a triathlon and there was a Canadian winter in there so I'm not the only one who wasn't competing.
I am a runner. I am a half marathoner. I don't think anyone would argue with that.
As long as I get back in the water and back on my bike and, if I do at least one triathlon before the snow flies, I think I can keep the triathlete title.
For another year at least.