I recently finished Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain. It is an excellent book and has helped me better understand how we interact with one another. I would recommend it for anyone, whether you are an introvert or not, because of it’s insight into human nature. It is easy to read and uses engaging stories to provide in-depth information on the topic. Near the end of the book she discusses parenting children different than the parents and it is fascinating and particularly relevant for any parents who think their children may be extroverted (if they are introverted) or vice versa.
I always thought I was very far along on the spectrum towards introversion. According to the quiz in the book, I am actually an ambivert — right smack in the middle between the two. It helped me understand myself as well as the rest of the world.
I would think that long-distance triathlon attracts a lot of introverts. While training can be very social, I think that when you are training over 10 hours a week, many of those hours are likely to be solo. I even consider racing to be quite solo. You are surrounded by people, but connection and true interaction is rare. On the other hand, I consider competitiveness to be a trait more commonly associated with extroverts, so I could be totally wrong or maybe triathlon has the same ratio as the rest of the country.
At any rate, it’s a good book that I recommend.