Originally Posted by Cyclist
As a triathlete I browse a lot of swimming, cycling and running forums / websites and no one really posts the number of days they have swam, biked or run in a year. Granted, they do sometimes state how many meters and miles they swim, bike or run per week but those are stated in reference to some sort of training and fitness discussion.
Cyclist -- I think the reason that runners, swimmers, bikers and triathletes don't brag about number of days ran, biked, or swam (swum?) is that they have other metrics that are more relevant -- time and distance -- about which (let's be honest) they brag about a lot. Nobody wants to know how many times a week I run, they want to know how I did in my last 5K race. Actually, they probably don't want to hear about that either, but that's what I'd brag about -- if I'd run a good time -- as well as where I placed in my age group.
Epic is not a ski racers forum per se. There are some competitive skiers here, but my guess is they're probably just privately texting each other to trade times on (brag about) last week's salom race. We do have some here who like to brag about the gnarly trees they skied [cough/Josh/cough]. As Bob Lee's post notes, bragging is fairly primordial -- how many woolly mammoths did you spear since the last full moon? If you're a skier, but not a racer or a gnarly tree guy, what else is there to brag about, other than number of ski days per year? Some of the topics that people used to brag about on Epic have since become passe:
-- how fat are my skis (everybody has fat-ish skis now, so there's no way to distinguish yourself)
-- not wearing a helmet (now sort of like bragging about how many cigarettes you smoke)
-- not putting the bar down on the lift (what's-his-name has left the forum)
-- what "level" of skier you are (never really got traction as a bragging right, since it's a self-certification)
-- number of skis you own (wait, wait, that's still a bragging topic...)
OK, taking tongue out of cheek, what's wrong with telling each other (bragging, yes, maybe) about the number of days skied? As a 12-16 days per year guy, I love to hear about those who get 50+ days a year, to dream about it, to aspire to it....
PS -- my son did his first triathalon this past September. Anybody want to hear his times and place? (if you can't do it yourself, brag about your kids....)