Since I’ve had more time on my hands than usual and since I love athletics and triathlon, I was a super fan this weekend!
You might think being a super fan involves painting your face with your country’s flag or talking up your team in a local pub. I have a different idea.
Five signs you might be a super fan:
- You wake up in the middle of the night to watch events live, multiple days in a row, regardless of how little sleep it means you’ll get.
I woke up at 2am to watch the female triathlon live, 4am to watch the women’s marathon, and 4:30am on a workday to watch the men’s triathlon.
- You cry along with the athletes and their families at their incredible accomplishments and devastating heartbreak.
Without fail, I have cried every.single.time I see the image of Kara and Shalane supporting eachother post-marathon. I cry at the wins. I cry at the losses.
- When talking about the Olympics, you start most sentences with I was watching the Olympics and quietly crying or I couldn’t see the event clearly through my tears.
My husband called me on this one. Apparently every time I talk about an event, I tear up or mention how I cried.
- You tune in to the Olympics on multiple devices (TVs, iPad, and MacBook) so you don’t miss a beat.
That was me yesterday morning. The men’s triathlon was still on when I had to get ready for work. You better believe I had the tv on in multiple rooms and the event on my iPad so I wouldn’t miss a second.
- Although you watched an event televised live, you make every effort to catch it a second (and maybe even third time).
Guilty. I’ve watched an event live, re-watched it, and then watched it again pretending it’s because my husband just had to see it.
I am absolutely heartbroken for two Canadian triathletes Simon Whitfield and Paula Findley. I wanted to write about their devastating races but found this blog by Adam Kreek that says it perfectly: A Tribute to the Fallen – Simon Whitfield crash, Paula Findlay last place finish at Olympic triathlon.
If you’re in the Olympic spirit, have a read. They are two phenomenal athletes, who do what they do because they adore the sport.
Although the writer is talking about two brilliant Olympians, a lot of his messages are good reminders to all of us: we have plenty in our lives other than our athletic experiences, embrace challenge, and take lessons you’ve learned through running or whatever sport you love and apply them to other aspects of your life.
What Olympic story has made you cry, either good or bad? What’s been your favourite moment so far? In athletics, do you prefer watching sprints, distance, jumps, throws?