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Pet Peeves of Runners and Triathletes, Part 1

Updated: Dec 29, 2019

If there is one thing runners and triathletes have, are pet peeves. Don’t deny it! They range anywhere from training workouts to race day experiences. With the help of some friends, I have put together a list of the top 5 pet peeves for endurance athletes.  1. The group of five taking over an entire sidewalk while you are out for a run. I live in a city and like most city folks, you have to deal with tourists or people out for a walk. You get used to dodging and running around them, especially that group of school students, but what drives me nuts is when you are running towards that group and no one moves out of the way, causing you to pull the awkward squeeze yourself in move, the run into the street or grass move or stop and say excuse me like five times. To those rude individuals, please just move out of the way when you see us or hear us. 

2. The person who racks their bike the wrong way in transition.  We have all experienced that person who rack‘s their bike the wrong way next to yours because they feel like it or there are already enough bikes on one rack but that person likes how close you are to the aisle and wants to squeeze in next to you. Look we get it, you want to be close to the aisle, but chances are you are going to piss off the people around you because you are leaving little room for your neighbors to get their bikes out or some pedals will be bumping. Do not be rude. Rack your bike the right way and if you don’t know what that is (it’s every other direction), ask someone, I’m sure they will be happy to tell you. 

3. The runner who tosses their water or Gatorade cup on you.  It’s not that hard to avoid being that person. If you can’t or don’t want to finish your drink, make sure to move off to the side or heck find the trash can! The chances are that throwing that cup full of sticky drinks while you are in the middle of the road, it will land on someone. So please be kind and pay attention because as good as it tastes, it’s not fun to be sticky the rest of the race.  4. The cyclist who passes you then slows down causing you to pass them and then they want to pass you again.  Look I have no problems if you want to help pace me, but please PLEASE do not pass me and then slow down causing me to get on your ass. We all know the drafting rules and I do not want to get caught. So either speed up or stay behind me because I do not want to keep playing this back and forth game unless you are ahead of me by a good distance, not two feet.  5. Cyclists or runners who do not obey the rules of the road.  If there is one thing I do not like, it’s those people who you know have been running or biking for awhile and they still run red lights, stop signs, etc. This is not only a danger to you, but to me as well. What if I am walking and crossing the street and here comes a bike (which has happened before) and I have to jump out of the way because you go zooming through a red light. Please be kind and look both ways.  What annoys you? Share in the comments below!

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