I do it because I need a focus, a reason to get out and do something, and since I've been training regularly, I find it an excellent way to relieve stress. Colleagues go for A beer, I go and exercise.
Took a year off from Tri in 2012 to see if I could get some speed, it failed, as I broke. Back in Tri this year and the variety is making all the difference again, being able to swap disciplines because IM not feeling right for one is just what I need.
I think I missed the buzz and anticipation of an event, and the cameraderie you only seem to get in Tri, especially IM, so much so I volunteered at one last year.
2 1/2 IM distance races for md this year, and yrs, I got the ink as well, shallow, I know, but it's more than just an mdot, it's a story board of my journey, and sometimes I just look at it and think of where I was what I've done and it makes me feel good.
My training has also inspired my wife and daughter to do events, so more positivity.