A new article in The Wall Street Journal is shedding light on the growing effect endurance sports, such as triathlon, are having on marriages across the country.
As the wife of an endurance athlete, Caren Waxman wakes up alone every morning, including holidays.
“Mother’s Day really upset me,” says the Rockleigh, N.J., mother of three, age 47, whose husband leaves before dawn each morning for hours of exercise. In May, he will wish her a happy Mother’s Day from Utah, where he will compete in a triathlon.
“It’s selfish,” concedes her husband, Jordan Waxman, 46, a private-banking executive at Merrill Lynch and an Ironman triathlete. He says he leaves notes for his wife and children before leaving for morning workouts.
With exercise intruding ever-more frequently on intimacy, counselors are proposing a new wedding vow: For fitter or for fatter. “Exercise is getting more and more couples into my office,” says Karen Gail Lewis, a Cincinnati marriage and family therapist.
Newlyweds have long recognized the risks of potential sickness, infidelity and ill fortune. But few foresee themselves becoming an exercise widow.