Thursday, July 25, 2013

Ohio Active story: It's official, I'm an athlete


One of the pictures they didn't use, but that I love. This is me with Jesse at the Mad Anthony River Rally

The Ohio Active story that features me as an everyday athlete is up. I just spent a few minutes going through old posts to make sure I didn't say anything that would be too damaging or negative, because since it uses my real name and links to my blog, and even mentions my workplace, chances are that my worlds are finally going to collide.  I think it's okay, really. The one bad thing is that my students could potentially see my weight numbers, which would be a bit embarrassing but not the end of the world. They know what I look like, so it's unlikely they would be surprised that I might want to lose a few pounds.

I like the way the story came out.  I was surprised when I was approached by the editor to do it. I think of myself as active but I still don't think of myself as an athlete. I could list a whole bunch of incidents that made me think of myself as clumsy and unathletic, but I'm not going to, because I have been running for more than 20 years and doing triathlons for 12 years. I have done three half-marathons and a couple of 50-mile-plus bike rides. I think I've earned the right to call myself an athlete.

I like the idea of "Everyday Athlete," because it suggests that it doesn't take superhuman efforts or dedicating your whole life to training. I do sprint triathlons and 5K races, mostly, and most likely will never do a marathon or an Ironman, or even competently play any sport using a ball. I'm still an athlete.

I kind of like it.

1 comment:

  1. What a great article! The interviewer really captured the essence of Jen. Have fun in your race this Sunday!

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