What we take for granted

A friend recently told me a story about not wanting auto start and heated seats in her car. She never had it, never wanted it, didn’t need it. Then she experienced it. You can guess what happened; she never, ever wants to go back to a car without them if she can avoid it. 

I was listening to a news story recently about a time before we had roads and cars. Ads on the news had to sell us on the need for both roads and a car that could take you wherever you want to go, whenever you want to go. I don’t think as a society we will be going back on that one anytime soon. 

Yesterday I got frustrated by a software product and went searching for a phone number to ask someone to help me figure out what happened. I learned that the company didn’t have a phone number for me to contact and became frustrated. What kind of customer service is this anyway? What a lame company. Then I considered the text notifying me that they didn’t have a contact phone number — I didn’t have access because I am not a paying customer. They provide an amazing software product to me for free!! If I pay to subscribe, then they provide the customer service. 

I had to step back and chuckle. Yes, I had become accustomed to using the product for free. Not spending their resources on staff to help me as a free user really makes all kinds of sense.   

What have you become accustomed to in your own Trilife? If you are already doing long distance triathlon, with a body that regularly carries you across long distances, it might be worthwhile to try and recall when shorter workouts used to be much more difficult. Have you traveled to elevation recently and been able to recognize how your fitness helps in that situation? Remember where you were so you don’t forget how far you have come. It may be a lifestyle we love, but it’s not always easy and I know I for one am so grateful what my body can do.