Dating an athlete can be intimidating for the indoor set, but an Ironman athlete sets the bar even higher. If the hottie you’ve had your eye on is the Ironman type, here are some date ideas that are sure to get their pulse racing.
- Hit the Bike Trails – Biking with a triathlete might be daunting at first, but most Ironman participants realize that their skill level is a bit higher than most. Even if they have to slow it down in order for you to keep up, they’re likely to be touched that you made the attempt.
- Go Rock Climbing – Indoor rock climbing facilities are easy to find, and most can accommodate varying skill levels. The ability to tailor the experience to your respective skill levels ensures that you’ll both enjoy yourselves.
- The Daytime Outing – Ironman athletes typically train very early in the morning; the late-night date usually isn’t their first choice. Suggesting an early meet-up and acknowledging those morning training sessions is a great way to show that you respect your honey’s commitment.
- SCUBA Classes – Most people don’t realize how easily found and relatively inexpensive SCUBA diving classes are. Even though your triathlete is a highly-trained swimmer, they may not have any more experience with SCUBA than you do. The novelty and nod to their interests is sure to make a SCUBA date a hit.
- Volleyball – With indoor facilities available in most communities, volleyball is a great date activity even in cold-weather months. Sparking your date’s competitive side is sure to make their heart pound.
- Kayaking or Canoeing – If there’s a spot nearby that’s conducive to canoeing or kayaking, it’s a great way to spend the day. Satisfying a triathlete’s need to be outdoors and offering a new experience for the less athletic half, it’s an activity you can both enjoy.
- Visiting the Batting Cages – Because the pitch speed can be adjusted to accommodate different skill levels, you can both enjoy America’s favorite past time at your own pace. Also, correcting your batting stance gives that athlete an excuse to get close.
- Bowling – There’s something about the goofy shoes and garish colors of bowling balls that levels the playing field, regardless of skill. Because you’ll both look a little bit silly, it’s easier to relax and get to know one another over a few frames.
- Skating – Whether you opt for the romantic ice variety, the nostalgic fun of rollerskating or the athleticism of rollerblades, skating is a great date activity.
- Take a Hike – Hiking trails are a perennial favorite date activity for the outdoorsy, athletic type. Be prepared to push yourself when attempting to hike with an Ironman triathlete, and to hear plenty of motivational speeches along the way.
Tailoring date activities to an athlete’s personality is a great way to impress them and show that you’re supportive of their goals, but remember: it’s important that your needs and interests are represented as well. Striking a balance can be tricky, but it’s essential for building the foundation of a relationship.