... while you know I LOVE triathlon, parts of it really do stink! I've been in the pool 3x in 2 days and I'm wearing parfume de'chlorine... which most of the time I kind of like because the association I make with chlorine's smell. Chlorine = pool = good swim = happy.
I know there are a ton of other triathlon-related smells. I'd like to blog about it, but first I thought I'd see what you all thought.
Ideas? What do you smell while training? +/-. What memories do you associate with smell? Does a triathlete stink?
Sara Cox Landolt
Interesting topic. Here are a couple that come to mind for me:
Lemon Lime Shot Block smell = bad, after consuming 5 bags on the bike in my first 70.3 a couple years ago I cant stand the smell...not sure I really needed 5 bags. I have since cut that back
Black magic marker smell= good, reminds me of race day getting numbered.
Oh, Gawd, it's bike chain oil. I smell it everywhere. And once it's on your hands it stays on for a long time. Or on your legs, if you are awkward like me. I noticed a zipper of chain oil grease the other day about 18 hours AFTER my shower running up my back leg. Nice. Wonder what my co workers thought. New tattoo maybe?
Add in the smells of sweat (usually someone else's--why we are engineered not to smell ourselves as much as others I couldn't tell you), sunscreen, and fear. If you don't think fear smells then you haven't raced enough.
Finally--dead skunk on the ride or run. Always one there. Always on my side of the road. Usally across from the town garbage dump.
I have to agree with the skunk. It's a pretty significant smell, if nothing else.
I'll just say the series of smells on my training route/ride to work: suburbia, industry, woods/park, and sizzling road (and skunk); then flip it for the return trip. My trek through suburbia is pretty quick, and I'm either half-awake or too sweaty to smell anything else. The industrial portion is short too, but is the hardest part of the ride aerobically - even without the noxious smells. The park is my favorite part: rolling hills, woods on both sides, riding around a lake, and a couple big hills. I finish on a highway nestled against the foothills; gorgeous in the morning, sizzling in the afternoon - smelling like asphalt and exhaust. Oh and the skunks. All the time.
I LOVE this question and all the responses! I am so new to this.... but I smelled everyone else's dinner cooking tonight when I ran around our condo's parking lot!
Can't wait to smell more chlorine and magic marker...etc.
...skunk.... not so much!!
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After 12 years of competitive swimming in my youth, the chlorine odor is becoming one of the great things about training for my first triathlon. I didn't realize how many positive associations I had with the odor until I started up swimming again. After the first couple of pool work outs I realized how good that smell made me feel... like I had accomplished something... even if it was just swimming a thousand yards or so.
When I walk onto the pool deck and the smell hits me... it's kind of hard not to dive in and rip off a 100 yard sprint as fast as I can go. It just makes me want to go FAST.
As a male, this may sound odd, but I associate the smell of shaving cream with shaving my legs, as opposed to my beard.
I relate. Except for me it's legs, arms, chest, back... essentially whatever is not covered by a suit, cap and goggles (though I never did the eyebrows).
That was back in the swimming days though... I can't imagine shaving for a tri at this point.
Great question Sara!
The smell that gets me fired up the most is the rubber smell from my wetsuit. Honestly, if they made it into a cologne, I would buy a gallon of it!
First off, I LOVE the smell of chlorine and bleach. I wear my Eau de pool with great pride and there is not any more sexy smell for a lady in my book than chlorine.
Sweat. I love the smell of a good sweaty workout but enjoy the cleanliness of a nice hot shower equally as well. I think many have heard of the studies that presented blinded females to different scents and the one that was found most appealing was guys sweat. I'm sure there is some pheremone in there.
Training rides in the country. This is where it sucks. I live in central IL and there is a hog farm that I must ride by at the very beginning and at the very end of some of my training rides. The smell is so bad, so vile, you can taste it! Skunks and other rotting carcasses...eewww.
The smell that comes off the road after summer rain shower...awesome!
The smell of grape gatorade when you are parched...Awesome!
The smells that emanate from the pizza joint and steak restaraunts that I must ride past at the end of my evening training rides when I haven't eaten any REAL food since lunch...CRUEL AND PUNISHING.
Hey there stinkers!
Thanks for sharing your +/- smell associations! It was fun imagining each smell while reading your comments. I'm sure we can all come up with a few more winners during the present training season.
I can't wait to read about it,
Sara Cox Landolt
As a tri newbie, the first thing that comes to mind is definitely the chlorine smell from the pool. I've been swimming for several weeks now, mostly on my lunch break, and even though my local indoor pool has a shower area, I still head back to work smelling like the pool. I've actually grown acustom to it, and enjoy it now because it means that I got the swim in. I now use it as a sense of accomplishment to help me make it to the next day.
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