Fat Slow Triathlete, Incorporated

It has been a learning experience since Day 1. It started with the initial blog entry in 2011 called Clydesdale, still the number one blog post I have had (481 reads and counting). The issue of weight. Not just the problems with losing and managing it, but also the issues arising out of training as a larger athlete. It has been hard to get those that have never been heavy, those little rubber people that weigh 110 pounds and barely touch the ground when they run, to understand the stress and pounding a body weighing 250 pounds takes over the course of 13.1, or 26.2, or 70.3 miles. Coaches and trainers schedule night runs of 10 miles, because they can do that in an hour and a half, without realizing that it takes us 2-3 hours, meaning we are running until 9:00-10:00 at night, or scheduling a “quick 5 miles” in the morning because it takes them 40 minutes but not understanding it takes some of us over an hour. It’s not their fault. It’s because they’ve never been heavy and they don’t understand the challenges.

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 ….

8 thoughts on “Fat Slow Triathlete, Incorporated

  • December 12, 2012 at 11:01 pm
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    It is. My wife and mother-in-law own a plus size ladies clothing boutique in Trinidad named “12+”. It does very well as it has an atmosphere that is “private”, comfortable and where people can shop and fit in comfort. Do it. There are many ways to set up the channels that need to be assessed: major retail store, on-line exclusive, small store for a start. Get the clothing brands registered and begin here. If you are game and open to partnership I am willing from a knowledge and financial equity aspect. I believe you are on to something John.

  • December 12, 2012 at 11:01 pm
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    It is. My wife and mother-in-law own a plus size ladies clothing boutique in Trinidad named “12+”. It does very well as it has an atmosphere that is “private”, comfortable and where people can shop and fit in comfort. Do it. There are many ways to set up the channels that need to be assessed: major retail store, on-line exclusive, small store for a start. Get the clothing brands registered and begin here. If you are game and open to partnership I am willing from a knowledge and financial equity aspect. I believe you are on to something John.

  • December 13, 2012 at 10:50 am
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    I love this post! This will really inspires people with extra pounds to keep going. Don’t ever lose hope. We can get to the finish line if we won’t give up.
    Corp-Plan.com

  • December 13, 2012 at 10:50 am
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    I love this post! This will really inspires people with extra pounds to keep going. Don’t ever lose hope. We can get to the finish line if we won’t give up.
    Corp-Plan.com

  • May 30, 2013 at 12:01 pm
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    It is stressful to be fat. It is difficult to move around because moving around would easily make you feel tired. And losing weight would always be a difficult task. But I guess as said, if one would just be persistent enough to lose weight, he/she could really lose it.
    Corp-Plan.com

  • May 30, 2013 at 12:01 pm
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    It is stressful to be fat. It is difficult to move around because moving around would easily make you feel tired. And losing weight would always be a difficult task. But I guess as said, if one would just be persistent enough to lose weight, he/she could really lose it.
    Corp-Plan.com

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