After warming up and doing some drills, it was time to really work. Fast 50s. Truth be told, it wasn't quite as bad as I expected. (Crap, if she's reading this, now I'll suffer. It only wasn't as bad because I was expecting it to be really really hard.) But, it was still hard. 50 metres is long enough that you have to pace, but short enough that you can really make it hurt. Then 50 metres recovery, and off again. And again. And again... Sets of 4 (5, if you were in the fast lanes, which I'm not), a rest set, then repeat, and repeat, etc.
The awesome thing is that I was almost holding my time in these sets. Now, "actually" instead of "almost" would be even more awesome, but pacing over multiple sets has long been a weak point for me. To be *almost* holding pace without sandbagging was great.
And that brings me to my point, and the title of my post. Are triathletes masochists? Because, even as I was inwardly cursing the workout, and my arms were screaming for me to stop, I was simultaneously loving it. Even though I had to push off again when I felt like I could have rested another 60 seconds, I rejoiced in doing so. It might hurt, but it's an absolute adrenaline rush. And when you finish you feel amazing (and are unable to sleep, so instead sit at your computer blogging).
I know why I do this. The payoff is huge. But, is this something that exists in a lot of us? Are we wired to enjoy that pain we get from pushing ourselves?