Saturday, February 03, 2007

A confession

I've had a lot of people email me privately about a certain subject and I feel it time to come clean about something.

I'm still, technically, an athena.

I know there was that one time when I got down to 149.5 early one morning after I had peed, pood, and exhaled all the breath out of my body, was slightly dehydrated, and wasn't hungry at dinner the night before, but since then SAD and off season lack of training laziness have hit pretty hard, along with my northern European ancestors genes which refuse to starve, refuse to starve.

The truth is that I've been firmly at 155 or so ever since about two days after that day, with little variation. However, I've continued to sign up in my age group for stuff because the unreasonably optimistic part of me that wears rose-colored glasses is firmly convinced that once I get into the heavy ironman ironman training beginning in late March/Early April (help me) I'll be dropping back down. Since I compete in the southwest challenge series for points, if I change from Athena to Age-grouper mid-season I'll lose the points I've accrued if, indeed, I accrue any.

So there (deep exhalation) I feel better now, getting that off my chest.


  1. Hey, if you don't aim high you won't get anywhere, so good on you. I wish they had athena here as I would have to cut off a leg to get under the weight LOL

  2. It's just a number.

    Little Rock marathon Athena threshold is 165 and I'm quite sure I will still qualify. And I do believe they will be weighing us at registration...

  3. Well I'm no longer an Athena, but I have been and am close a lot of the time, so don't apologize for what you are! I don't blame you for not wanting to lose any potential points. And you are far more brave than I ever was to dare register for the Athena category.

  4. Maybe it's just me, but I've never understood the point of the athena/non-athena distinction. (Probably the only reason I don't qualify is that I'm short! I certainly don't have the typical "triathlete" build.) Just get out there and have fun; you shouldn't have to worry about your weight, as long as you feel strong and healthy. :)

  5. Anonymous2:56 PM

    from one athena to another... it must be said:

    155 pounds? poor. baby.



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