Monday, December 03, 2007

What Makes the Triathlete?

Mark Twain wrote, "Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on mankind."

Well, I propose to all of you blog readers in the 'BoomerNation that clothes make the triathlete as well. Along with the colour of your bike and wetsuit, it's the stylin' and profilin' for the photos that make for a lasting memory of the race. Don't believe me? Just go to any Ironman the day after the race and what's the longest line? The line to buy the photos. It's followed closely by the line to throw down a credit card for anything with the word "Finisher" and an MDot next to each other. Besides the finisher's medal, the photos remain long after the joy (and pain) of crossing the finish line has faded.

Similar can be said about your kit when you train. Not all performance in training is physical, ya know. An important part of how you perform is your attitude. And let's face it... when you feel good about training, your training goes better. Or at the very least... stylin' ain't gonna hurt. And the better your training, the better prepared you are for the race.

Well, that's the theory, anyway. In my personal case looking good is a relative term and usually it's the only good (relatively speaking) thing I got. Otherwise, I got nothing. I have yet to step up on a podium and my best finish in any race is 5th in my age group. How did I look while chowing down on the post race bagel? If you don't count the part between my neck and the hat... and any other bit of exposed skin... things looked pretty darn good. Yah, the clothes kept it all together.

In the effort to stay in the good graces of the tri-fashionistas... and you know who you are... I will be sporting this piece of gear in 2008....








here it is...








wait for it...








just a bit longer....








OK....






... Ta Da!












Talk about getting a few lingering glances, eh? There's no way to go unnoticed when those slip by in a shark-like stream through the water. The bike will leave an even bigger impression when my call of, "Boomer on your left!" is followed by the flames all up in my draft. And the commotion in the finishing chute? Hah! Foe-get-aboud-it!
Can't say where I'll place in any 2008 race but one thing will be certain...
the photos will to talked about for years. (Is that a good thing??)
Stay tuned...

20 comments:

Jason said...

On fire!

UntPawGal02 said...

Are you serious???????????????????

Curly Su said...

awesome!!!

21stCenturyMom said...

Goodness, Gracious - GREAT Balls 'o Fire!

You are a brave man, if not a little crazy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yQMYtUB2Y_k

Topher said...

Holy cow! It takes a very secure man...

I'm afraid my mid section would make that look more like a California wildfire.

By the way, I recently found your blog and enjoy reading it.

Topher
www.illrunfordonuts.blogspot.com

Rainmaker said...

Wow...just wow.

Clearly we're all going to need some photographic proof of you actually wearing it. And like most equipment - you generally want to try it out before the big day. Seems like a few pool trial runs are really in order here.

Jameson said...

Wow Boomer....

I'm not sure what else to say other than "wow".

I somehow think this would make good use as a uniform for a roasted peanut vendor on the street or something.

"HOT NUTS. Get your HOT NUTS here."

supalinds said...

Yeah I am at a loss for words. Good on ya. That is awesome. I think :)

Spandex King said...

FIRE CROTCH!!

No way. Not even the Spandex King would wear those. My wife would divorce me and I would die a lonely man with fire crotch!

J-Wim said...

Smoking hot nut huggers there.
I see you have been to Splishcustoms.com

Brent Buckner said...

Oh. My. God.

Fire in the hole!

Vickie said...

I'm thinking you caught the diva fever of buying all things IM or with your name on them!

kt said...

HA.

My husband and I have a rule at our house. Neither one of us lets the other one leave in anything ridiculous. =0) I am not sure that would pass the Collins' test.

That is awesome.

TriGirl 40 said...

Priceless, just priceless! Looking forward to the race pictures. LOL.

Shelley said...

Nice suit...you sure are lucky!!

Allez said...

Hot nuts, hehe. Those rock!

Iron Eric said...

um...dorky..

IronJenny said...

you know Steve-in-a-Speedo will be jealous...
;-)

Deniel Hopkins said...

Great Post! interesting and informative :) keep tri-ing

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