For those that know me I am confident - I know who I am, I OWN it. I don't hide me and my views and quite frankly I am an opinionated, stubborn, strong Bitch. I know this and I own it - I make no apologies for it.
I however am not a braggart - if you ask I will tell you and I see nothing wrong with talking about your hobbies and accomplishments. I earned my tattoo and wear it proudly but I don't walk in each Monday morning and announce what I did on the weekend. (Now facebook and the blog are a bit different so I guess maybe I do brag - sigh)
I try to do some physical activity every day - ride to work, run at lunch, swim, stretch (OK THAT WAS A FIB) but honestly I do try to do something. I do it because I worry about my weight - any woman over 40 pre-menopausal does and because it makes me feel better.
Lately at work people have noticed that I run at lunch or ride to work. A few know I race and ask about it - I don't advertise it, the conversations just happen. More and more it gets out about my adventures and a few times people have said you are amazing.
Let's get this straight I am not amazing - I am doing what hundreds and thousands people are doing - and quite frankly most of them are considerably faster. Nothing I am doing is amazing, I am doing stuff I have always loved to do. Run, swim, cycle. I am just consistent and persistent. I do it because it makes me feel good and because race fees are non-refundable. It is my "hobby". There is nothing amazing about what I am doing -anyone can do this - you just have to want to.
I have always loved being active and this is a way for me to get away from the stress of a work day by cycling home. Okay it is 25km each way, but it takes just as long to drive or sit on a bus so might as well ride. I don't take lunch unless I go for a run - it is a way for me to decompress from the morning. Don't worry I eat, just I eat while I am working at my desk. This is a way to ensure I actually take a break.
I am not doing anything spectacular - I am going out and being active and trust me there are lots of days I think I don't wanna . Where I have the internal debate but then I think how much better I will feel and I go out and I do it. I guess one could note that I am a little more determined about it but again there are 80+ year olds running marathons and doing ironman's. I just passed 45 years. There are folks with missing limbs. running marathons and wheelchair athletes doing Ironman's - these folk are amazing.
What about blind runners running ultra marathons or my buddy Avery West who at 6 years old with Downs syndrome dreams of swimming in the Special Olympics? She is amazing - these folks are amazing - me I am just me with a hobby that gives me some exercise and a wonderful social life with some fantatstic people. plus it gives me a reason to drink beer!
I am not amazing - I am just me trying to stay healthy and have some fun along the way on some crazy adventures. But thanks for thinking it - it is kind of nice to hear but not necessary.