I love it also when you say this to some of them and their response is “well, just lose weight and you” be fine!”
Thanks for the news flash Tom Brokaw. I hadn’t thought of that.
These are probably the same people that think people are poor because they are lazy and don’t want to work. Yes, it’s true in some cases, just like it’s true that some people just don’t mind being fat, but more often than not we are struggling every day with these issues, whether we show it or not.
So how does relate to Fat Slow Triathlete?
I started this blog with the sole purpose of keeping myself on track, accountable, and as a way to release frustrations, ideas, commentary while I tried to right the ship and get pointed in the right direction. I think, for the most part, it has served its purpose. What I did not realize is how many people would start reading this because of the title, and because they relate to what I am talking about. They have sent me texts, messages on here, and a lot of private connections on Facebook, giving me thanks for saying what they were thinking and giving them a little hope that even though they are larger than a regular athlete (whatever “regular” means) that it is still possible to cross the finish line of a Half Ironman or Marathon. You’re not going to win any medals, or stand on the podium, but you will finish, standing, strongly, and knowing you EARNED that medal when they handed it to you. And that’s what it is all about.
So I have decided to Incorporate the Brand …
But to what purpose?
To be honest I am not 100% certain either. All I do now is I want to be that person that can share the problems of training as a larger person, understand the frustrations they have, and help them work through it. And it is not only the training issues. One of my biggest frustrations with the sport is the clothing. It is almost impossible to find a triathlon top that fits. Go to any local store that sells it and look for a 3XL. Nothing. You’d be lucky to find a 2XL, which I often end up buying because I need something, which results in all my race pictures looking like I tried to squeeze my ample frame into a small top or bottom. Don’t believe me? Check out the picture from the Disney Wine and Dine race online. The top I am wearing, from TNT, is a 3XL. Thank God I wore a shirt underneath or everyone would have been subjected to my belly making an appearance throughout the run. There is NO way on God’s Green Earth that was a 3XL. Women have it a bit easier because they can always go to a men’s Large or XL and be OK. So why not a line of clothing, bike, running, triathlon, built solely for the Clydesdale or Athena crowd?
So what, loyal readers, do you all feel about this? I am not saying this is a “chuck my career” type of move, but do you think there is a need for this in our world?
I await your answers ….