A thought hit me this morning after I hobbled out of bed with a still sore calf muscle from the ridiculous charlie horse I got while swimming last night…
… isn’t it strange that we pay so much money to hurt ourselves?
I mean – I’m paying some dude to tell me what to do twice a week in a pool. When I’m tired and don’t feel like swimming, he gives me a hard time about it. He rattles off “drills” and demands that I complete 500 yards at the end of the session. I’m tired, I’m already sore and yet – I have paid this guy to do this to me.
Or the fact that I pay a registration fee for all of these stupid races I’ve done every month? Sometimes these fees are ridiculous in price but yet, I still pay them so that I can huff and puff my way through a marked course. For what? I never win. I don’t really get any sort of glory. Am I paying to have these times forever marked down so other people can view them? It all seems so silly… and yet I keep paying. (side note – it is official, I have registered for the Philadelphia Marathon!)
Let’s also consider any sort of waxing/threading that we ladies do to ourselves. It doesn’t feel good and sure I’ve reached a point where it doesn’t hurt so bad that I want to cry, but seriously – we are paying someone to rip hair out of our bodies.
It all seems so stupid – and yet I keep on paying. Maybe I’m just feeling the effects of going 2 weekends without getting paid or perhaps I’m just really really sore this morning but yet still pushed myself to run a 5k and then bike 5 miles. Who knows – but I need to figure out a way to get paid for enduring all of the torture!
** Update **
The more I thought about this, the more I wanted to calculate just how much I’ve spent to participate in the IronGirl triathlon. I’m only calculating those items purchased solely for the triathlon (including items needed to train – but I’m excluding running shoes only because I’d buy them anyways):
Entry Fee – $110.00
TriSuit – $80.00 (technically I only paid about $10 for it because I was able to apply funds from our REI membership but let’s be honest – I could have used that $70 for something much cooler than an unflattering trisuit)
Swimsuit – $30.00 (I really cheaped out on this. I felt silly swimming in the trisuit only so I purchased another equally unflattering article of clothing)
Swim Cap – $13.00 (as if the swimsuit wasn’t unflattering enough – I’ve topped the look off with a swim cap)
Swim Goggles – $25.00
Bike Helmet – $35.00 (yeah yeah – I probably should have purchased this anyways if I’m going to bike around the city but I like to live life dangerously. I really only purchased this for the triathlon because it is required)
Monthly TriClub workout membership (2 months) – $80.00
That totals $373.00 to torture myself for roughly 2 hours in my life. I think I may have taken crazy pills.