I got this idea from a posting providing some favorite words that appeared in mental_floss stories in 2011. Have fun working these into your triathlete conversations this holiday season and in 2012:
Kummerspeck (German): Excess weight gained from emotional overeating due to your inability to break 19-minutes for a 5K. Or you got chicked......by the entire female field.
Petrichor: The clean, pleasant smell that accompanies rain falling on dry ground. It’s from the Greek petra (stone) and ichor (the blood of Greek gods and goddesses). The term was coined by two Australian researchers in 1964. So, when you arrive at transition at 4:30 AM and it is raining, you can say something like, "I love petrichor before a triathlon. It invigorates the soul."
Dysania: Having difficulty getting out of bed in the morning. Yep, you are at the pool at 5 AM waiting on your training buddy to show up. You can now text by saying, "Get your dysaniac butt out of bed and get here!"
Karoshi (Japanese): Suppose to mean death from overworking. We can alter this to mean being injured from overtraining. "Yeah, I suffered a karoshi injury from my 500 mile bike week."
Lawn Mullet: Suppose to mean a neatly manicured front yard and an unmowed mess in the back. I can see Jerry MacNeil using this at the finish line. "Hey, there is Bob Smith! Look at that hair. What a lawn mullet he is sporting!"
Koi No Yokan (Japanese): Refers to the sense that upon first meeting a person that the two of you will fall in love. For tri-geeks, we can apply the same feeling to a bike. "I went into Gear West and saw this Cervélo and it was Koi No Yokan for me."
Bakku-shan (Japanese): Suppose to refer to the experience of seeing a woman who appears pretty from behind but not from the front. I'm just going to let that one stand.
Have any other suggestions? Let 'em fly by leaving a comment.