The Intimidation Factor of an Elite Athlete

Are you a runner, cyclist, triathlete? If you say no, you may be surprised that I will disagree! Being active takes on many roles and we need to embrace the athlete inside of us.

I have a sticker on my car telling the world I am a member of the USA Triathlon Organization.  The humor of the sticker and others like it make it look like I recently returned from Kona, Hawaii after competing in the Ironman Triathlon…but I didn’t and nor do I plan to…I like doing the everyday triathlons.  Like many other sports and activities, there are levels of involvement.  You can start as a beginner, you can compete as a hobby or you can be an elite athlete.  The only requirement is that you just DO IT!

Running is another activity that is intimidating.  We are surrounded by thousands of morning runners, marathons and races.  There are special stores just for runners, clubs, events…you name it – we have it!  The problem is that most of us don’t consider ourselves runners.  We vision being a runner as someone who tallies up 20+mile weeks, races on the weekends, wears a belt with energy ‘goo’ in it, etc…

The rest of us, we just “Go For A Run” – maybe 30 minutes, maybe 3 miles, maybe less, maybe more.  The point I want to make is that WE ARE ALL ATHLETES!  We are runners, bikers, triathletes, swimmers!  No matter if you run 2 miles or 20, We Run.  No matter if you race a sprint triathlon or an Ironman, We Race.  No matter if you ride your bike to work or from Georgia to Tennessee, We Bike.

So the next time you see a running store or a bike store, go inside and see what its about!  The people are nice and they KNOW that we all are not extreme athletes, we just like to be active!

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On The Ball Life & Parent Coach May 28, 2012 at 12:21 PM
What a great little post! Believing in ourselves is a superb first step.
Katie Scharf May 28, 2012 at 01:05 PM
Thanks 'On The Ball Life & Parent Coach'!
Christopher Anderson May 31, 2012 at 07:56 AM
I think part of the issue is convenience and culture (what you grow up with). Moving to Atlanta, from Sweden, it is hard to find information on running trails longer than the 3 miles around Chastain park, while staying within a reasonable distance of Buckhead. The idea of only running a 3 mile loop, which takes 2 miles to get to from my new apartment, does not appease my contemporary cultural need of what I want is convenience. Or maybe I'm just not looking in the right places? Like a lot of things, I think your routines are a lot about who you know and spend time with. /Chris
Michael Packer (Editor) May 31, 2012 at 04:19 PM
Chris, good point. I think an answer to your concern might be on its way. Check out this article - http://patch.com/A-tC91
Christopher Anderson June 01, 2012 at 07:55 AM
I like the analysis of evaluating the park/area/resident walking time ratio, but with reading the mayor saying he wants 100%, sounds a bit too unrealistic and reactionary. I would have been impressed with a more thoughtful response, but this seems like a comment made to an unaware/unprepared busy leader. Having large and regionally central areas would be one great solution, but require a lot of land and also some transport for the public (e.g. bike paths to and from). But I doubt that kind of space would be easily found or properly purchased.


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