"...In the end, people either have excuses or experiences; reasons or results; buts or
brilliance. They either have what they wanted or they have a detailed list of all the rational reasons why not."

~ Anonymous
(taken from Matt Erbele's, It Takes Time to Get Good)

Thursday, April 10, 2008


A conversation with a guy at my pre-masters swim class after someone brought up running and he said he had run a marathon.

(Let me preface this with the fact that this person has the IQ of a bag of hair, so my re-telling this story is a bit mean, but it is my blog and I'll bitch if I want to)

Me: I did my first marathon in March.

Bag of Hair boy: What was your time?

Me: I am slow, 5:20

Bag of hair boy: Whoa! ~insert Bevis and Butthead laugh here~ that IS slow.

Me thinks: thanks asshole.

Me says (trying to save face): Yeah, I am slow but I love to run. I am doing a half marathon and 10 k this weekend and am training for San Diego Rock 'n' Roll Marathon.

Bag of Hair Boy: My boss does lots of marathons, but he is really skinny.

*Looks of horror from the other swimmers witnessing this*

This takes place on the pool deck and I am standing there in my swim suit, feeling VERY awesome right about then. I think it shows AMAZING personal growth on my part that he still has all of his original teeth and the pool is not missing a kick board.

Me says: How is your swim coming? You know they have a pretty steep cut off at Half Ironman's for the swim portion.

He swims like a stone. I am faster than him for Christ sake. Childish, I know, but I had to get a shot in somewhere. Although, I honestly think he was too dense to know he had said anything offensive to me OR that I was giving him a shot. Whatever, it made me feel better.


Reese said...

I love to zing people who don't know they're being zinged. Great job, and next time don't preface your marathon time with "I'm slow." Chances are they'll have no idea what's slow and what's fast. In fact they often ask me "now how far was THIS marathon?"

Calyx Meredith said...

You finally melt some of the ice girls and now you have to put up with Mr.Obtuse Meathead?! At swim practice? Without your armor on? No fair! Someone needs to thump that boy. Hairbag! (<--You want I should scrawl that across his chest in puffy paint?)

I agree with Reese (in a do as she says not as I do kind of way) about not prefacing your run time with a self-deprecating qualifier. You ran the whole thing! You are a blazing superstar! Numbers are good, but not the totality. What was your time? AMAZING - that's what your time was! And your next one will be AMAZING-ER because that's the kind of non-hairbag you are!

Anonymous said...

LOL.. what a dipwad!

Well, YOU may consider yourself slow (I don't), but at least you can rest assured knowing that you're smarter than 98% of the other people running in the marathon with you..... no matter how "skinny" they are. :-D

(My percentage may be off - it could be 99%.)

What a stupid, stupid little boy.

Herself, the GeekGirl said...

Just for your info (and his), speedy Gonzales, my road marathon time is around 5:45. I've found that there are two types of amature athletes: those who are competitive, and those who are having fun. The competitive ones say really insensitive things like, "if you're that slow, why bother?" which means they are not only hopelessly type A, but they need help in the social skills department, as well.

E said...

What a jerk! Remember that you ran a marathon!!! That's something most people don't do at all in their lifetime!

Willie said...

What an A-hole. 'nough said. You are so much better than him don't even let that bother you. You're too good for that. Keep that chin up and remember you're an athlete. Them that aren't, don't understand and never will.

Sounds like you are really working on the swimming. Good for you. I bet that will pay off in the tri. I can't wait to hear about it. You Tri-gals really impress me. It must be hard to have to train for 3 different events. All I do is run! It's easy. You gals have to be good at all 3 events. Really impressive.