I'm sure this has happened to every athlete on this site at one time or another, and as it happend to me again yesterday, i've finally decided i need a witty comeback response.
Situation: i'm sitting in a sales meeting waiting for it to start, and one of my co-workers asks me if i'm doing anymore tri's this year; i respond "no, i'm done for this season, yadda, yadda, yadda..." So a co-worker next to me is interested about tri's and we start talking; then another co-woker sitting accross from us says "i could do triathlons, but [insert discipline here (it's usually swimming)] is tough for me; but the others i can do."
My first reaction is "BS!!!!, YOUR OUT-OF-SHAPE A$$ COULDN'T RIDE A BIKE MORE THAN 3 MILES, THEN RUN AFTERWARD", but i refrained b/c i have zero respect for this person, and didn't want to waste my time by getting into a conversation about the amount of training/pain/suffering that we put ourselves (and family) through.
Anyway, i get this alot: "i could do tri's, but...." I hate excuses; i hate people who "talk a good game."
Just had to vent, but am curious to get a thread going on conversations you have with "non-triathletes." :)