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Love on the Swim, Bike & Run

Love on the Swim, Bike & Run

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Published by: Holly Bachman Bennett on Jan 13, 2011
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 tS, Bkd Ru
the challenge of merging love wih mlispor hasinspire a Faceboo page (“ow o dae an nrancehlee”), a boo (“ow o dae a triahlee”) anconless o-color joes. training an compeingcerainly can ae a oll on one’s energy sores, leavinglile for relaionships, family, sex an romance. Yenmeros riahlon-loving coples mae i wor jsbeaiflly. n he spiri of S. Valenine’s day, we chaewih a half ozen well-nown pairs o learn wha maeshese rie an re riahlon wosomes ic.
By Holly Bennett 
Luke McKenzie
didn’t make a goodfrst impression on
 Amanda Balding
.The setting was a 2006 training camp ride inCairns, Australia, and Luke had bonked badly.Seeing him on the side o the road, Amandathought, “There’s always one idiot.” But anintriguing heart-to-heart conversation a ewdays later let them both dizzy with inatu-ation. They’ve traveled the world together,training and racing, ever since—sealingtheir commitment with wedding vows lastOctober.
Luke:
Immediately ater the camp, we wereapart or several weeks. I e-mailed herconstantly. It allowed us to get to know eachother, minus the physical part.
 Amanda:
Ihad been single or quite some time. I wasn’tinterested in settling down or changingmy liestyle. But Luke was so similar—weboth love to train hard, race hard, play hardand travel the world. We’re spontaneous—maybe even a little crazy. I knew I’d met mymatch.
Luke:
We’ve dealt with injuries andmisortune in our careers, as well as success.Being in it together, being there or eachother has been incredible.
 Amanda:
Luke isphysically strong and mentally tough, buthe’s also emotionally sensitive. I am his secretweapon o support! Plus our un actor isthrough the roo. We work ourselves to thebone, but we have a bloody good time doingit.
Luke:
We don’t let training and racing ruleour lives, but rather share a pure love or thesport, the people in our lives and the liestylewe lead because o it. We’re lucky, and we’retotally on the same page.
 Amanda:
Anydrawbacks? Intimacy is something we shareevery day, but sex is sometimes orgone.We’re just too smashed rom training.
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 At Caulfeld Grammar School in Melbourne, Australia,
Sarah
and
Chris Legh’s
 parent-teacher conerences ocused on howto handle the two high schoolers’ obviousattraction. But Sarah was dating a collegeguy, and it took Chris three years to winher away. When they fnally got together,it was almost a oregone conclusion theconnection would last a lietime. Nineteenyears later, they share a marriage, business,homes on two continents and a pair o gor-geous daughters.
Chris:
Even though I’m the proessional ath-lete, Sarah was a competitive swimmer inschool, so she understands what it takes tosucceed. We’ve been in this together sinceday one.
Sarah:
We’ve always shared thesame goals. And not just in triathlon—wehave similar amilies, similar backgrounds,we know everything imaginable abouteach other.
Chris:
Our involvement in thesport is pretty broad. I race, but we bothwork with our sponsors; we run a triathlondistribution business in Australia. We’vebuilt a lie around the sport.
Sarah:
Earlyon, we chose to travel together. The longestwe’ve ever been apart is three and a hal weeks. Yet we never begrudge each otherour independence. Chris goes o with theguys and I take time with my girlriends.He’s also amazing with our daughters—heloves hanging out with them, no matterhow hard a day he’s had.
Chris:
In April,Sarah’s running the Paris Marathon withher girlriends. She just started running andcycling in the past year—I think her race ca-reer may take o while mine nears its end!
Sarah:
It’s really cool, actually. For the frsttime in our relationship, we’re running andriding together. Those are some o our bestdates!
Chris:
In terms o intimacy, I can seehow you might be in trouble balancing aregular ull-time job, amily and training.But or us? Not at all. I mean, what else isthere to do in the aternoon?
Sarah:
It’strue! We’re always super busy, but we alsohave an amazing amount o exibility, soit’s easy to make each other a priority.
Leanda Cave
and
Torsten Abel
frst caught each other’s eye at a triathlon in Portugal. Inspired by a note Leanda let with thehotel concierge, Torsten ollowed her, frst back to training camp in Munich and, later, overseas to Australia. That was 1999; the couplemarried in the summer o 2010 and recently settled into a new home in Tucson, Ariz.
Torsten:
I grew up in the Bavarian Alps. It was idyllic, sheltered. I never intended to leave. But now I’m a world traveler.
Leanda:
In thebeginning, Torsten talked with his eyes and hands, his engaging smile. Outside o Germany he struggled. He was very dependent on me.
Torsten:
I’ve tried to repay her over the years as a coach and training partner—it was something I could give back to her. Back then I wasdependent on her fnancially, also. But we wanted to be together. I I stayed home, where I could work, we would be separated or toolong.
Leanda:
I disagree with people who say, “Love is all you need.” It’s not always enough—not i the stress overwhelms the relationship.There was a time we had only my income and a mortgage and a ton o fnancial pressure. I fnally cracked and walked away or a time.Then Torsten was invited to the States to become a coach. I saw him take a big risk, going outside his comort zone and putting his ownsporting career on hold, to build toward our uture.
Torsten:
 
I ought or us! Things are easier now—we’ve learned money managementskills, we’ve built a oundation. We’ve learned to communicate and become best riends. But we also have intense passion and attractionor each other.
Leanda:
Granted, during heavy training blocks we’re rarely intimate, but during our easier weeks and o-season, it’s on.The o-season or training is defnitely the on-season or romance.
Torsten:
 
We’re both very romantic. We’d rather savor it when we canully connect. I you love chocolate and eat it every day, at some point you reach saturation. But i you push it away, wait just a bit longer,then when you indulge you think, “Wow, I’ve never tasted chocolate like that beore!”
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