first of all, this dude doesn’t even have the balls to sign his real name because he knows he’d have a target on his ass at the next race he goes to. second thing, if you read the second paragraph, he spouts off at the mouth about dangerous ideas but doesn’t give not even one example. surely, someone as educated as he is (see first paragraph), would do a better job of backing up his accusations with some valid examples. sounds to me like he’s had a little too much HATERADE in his life and the reason he isn’t on facebook or twitter is because he probably doesn’t have any friends with that cranky attitude of his.
i would love to hear what you think about this letter to the editor. is there some truth to it?
much love and peace out!
I would buy a shirt that had that on it. Could not agree more with you. Seriously no signed name. loser.
but I love your car. We have a 4runner [or is that a sequoia?!] anyway - the perfect "do-er's" SUV!
Emz, you are the queen of cool shirts. It could have a haterade bottle on it and under it say something like don't hate, appreciate! Yep, you guessed the car. 4runner sport. Love it!ReplyDelete
Laughed out loud that he calls out people that put the stickers on their car because of low self-esteem, but starts out his letter that he is a half-iron triathlete and a veteran of 53 marathons. Way to validate yourself, Mr. Anonymous. Pot? Kettle? He probably posted his letter on FB.ReplyDelete
I am not a fan of LAVA magazine for other reasons and my free subscription is canceled, but the letter is pretty funny.
We're not all haters in Texas! :)
Someone needs to go for a long run to burn some of that off!
I read that in the magazine and all I could think of was why this person would spend so much time crafting this letter. Still a mystery unless there was some sort of a contest to get a letter published - I'm sure the winner will get a sticker for their car.ReplyDelete
I read this one too and the reply by the editor was awesome!ReplyDelete
I love how this guy goes off and just destroys triathletes but mentions he is a personal trainer and fitness instructor. So he hates them but has no problem taking their money as their fitness instructor! Nice.
What douche. I promise not ALL Texans are as douchey as he is.ReplyDelete
Oh my word! I feel bad for this guy for having such a bad attitude and hatin' on triathletes. Get a life.ReplyDelete
KC, you make me feel better about my sticker on the back of my 4runner. Some times I feel like it's a little lame, but after my HIM this summer, you better believe there'll be a 70.3 on there.
Thanks for posting this letter.
All the Texans I know (most in Blog land) are such cool peeps. Matthew, you put that sticker on your 4runner and ride proud b/c you will have earned it.ReplyDelete
I'm fairly certain this dude (or dudette) didn't finish his/her first IM and is bitter that the rest of us kicked his righteous ass.ReplyDelete
I love my stickers... to me they announce to the world that I am proud of what I have done. There should never be shame in feeling pride about one's accomplishments.
I have a new respect for the LAVA magazine now. I couldn't have responded better than the editor did.ReplyDelete
I have stickers on my car (26.2, 70.3, Tri, USAT, 13.1, and eventually will add a 140.6). Why? Not to brag at all, because like the editor said most people don't even know what they mean. I have them there for two reasons. #1 They make me smile every time I see them as I remember a certain race. And #2, it is a great way to meet other triathletes because they are conversation starters.
We are probably going to be upgrading to an SUV in the next year or so so it looks like everyone has good things to say about the 4Runner.
HATERADE! Love it! I am going to complete my first half ironman in June. And I can't tell you how many times I'm in a hard workout that I think about getting to put the 70.3 sticker on my car. And my self esteem is just fine!ReplyDelete
My 13.1 sticker lives proudly on my refrigerator bc my car is undeserving of it. But it makes me smile every time I see it, and you can bet a 26.2 sticker will be joining it as soon as I cross the finish line on May 1. I love seeing them on other peoples' cars...it's like that recognition, Hey...you, too, huh?ReplyDelete
So on board with the other comments. Elitist people make me feel bad, because I'm soooo not near that level, but every single person I've met in the running community and the fewer triathletes I've met have been nothing but positive and welcoming.
Shannon brought up the same thing that I was going to bring up. When the writer brought up the issue of stickers, I immediately thought, "why didn't he say he was a 'marathon veteran' instead of pointing out that he was a 'veteran of 53 marathons'". This only makes me want to head to my next race flying my Marathon Maniacs flag! Speaking of which, I wonder what he thinking about Marathon Maniacs and 50-Staters?ReplyDelete
Also, I am not a triathlete but I have been looking at a couple of Olympic distance Tri's later this year...if/when the time comes that I finish a Half Ironman, I, without a doubt, will put a 70.3 magnet on my car.
Oh yeah, just thought about this because the Editor mentioned that "not even 1% of the population knows what those numbers mean". I was at an expo here in DC and I'm looking at some random stuff and a few guys walk over and are looking at the various stickers/magnets, and one guys turns to the other two and asks what a 140.6 sticker means, and one of them response with "I think that's Badwater". >1%, so true!
The editor's response was brilliant. I hate it when people take their personal irritations and make it seem like the rest of the world feels just like him. The dude was basically telling the world he is exactly what he was writing about!ReplyDelete
Sometimes I wonder if the editors make up these letters to get people's juices flowing. My response is "whatever". It takes all kinds to make the world go around and if this person wants to get all worked up about the IMSG, IMFL, IMAZ, 140.6, Mdot, upside down IMLOU I have on my car, have at it. Now that I think about it, maybe I have gone a little over board..... nay, I could put two IMFL on my car and I didn't.....ReplyDelete
I’m not a genius and would never claim to be but it seems like Mr. John Doe is contradicting himself in this article. He sets the stage by telling everyone how “experienced” he is and how “intelligent” he believes himself to be… “I work for a MAJOR University”. Seriously when did Universities become Major and Minor? Oh and lets not forget his last sentence in the first paragraph should he not have put an “s” on the end of triathlon in “focusing on triathlon”? So now that the world knows his true intelligence we can move on to his other issue. He believes that people who put stickers on their vehicles, blog, Facebook, or Tweet about their abilities/ accomplishments are egotistical individuals that suffer from low self-esteem. Okay well let’s go back to paragraph #1 where he not only list how “qualified” he is to write this article but focus on the fact he tells us exactly the number of marathons he has done. I guess, in his eyes, tossing out the exact amount of his accomplishments is not egotistical at all. Thank you, Mr. John Doe, for providing the world with your ignorance.ReplyDelete
There is a spot right beside my power T on the back glass of my Yukon where I will one day place a sticker for an Ironman distance Tri.
Great responses! The J-man pointed out also that he also mentions that he is a personal trainer. I'm betting he trains (read: makes money off of) these rich triathletes too. No wonder he doesn't have the cojones to post his name. He'd lose some of his bread and butter. @Summer, so true about how he knows exactly how many marathons he has done. I lost count after 30. I could care less. He should put an "L" sticker on his forehead!ReplyDelete
Yeah I read that article, actually had to laugh a lot when I was reading that night haha.ReplyDelete
First off, anyone that goes and spends a paragraph stating his credentials and trying to prove that he is an authority figure in this field... don't listen to them. They are obviously cocky and pompous to begin with.
Great post :) Agree with the haterade consumption ;) haha.
We just got a jeep grand cherokee :) The toyota was a gas guzzler ;) (I am cheap haha).
Wow, the dude just needs to lighten up because he is projecting all over the place!ReplyDelete
the author almost made a few points but... I see some bitterness there... I keep the Dale Carnegie "How to Win Friends and Infuence People" handy for situations like this. I only need to read (and try and live by) #1. "Don't criticise, condemn, or complain"... and... I'm keeping the 3.1 sticker on my station wagon... =;-)ReplyDelete
What an A*S. We work hard for those stickers and I will keep them on my car for sure! I love the editors response.ReplyDelete
but ur now missing a 70.3 sticker?!!
I read that too and thought about how big of an idiot he was! I actually liked the magazine's response and read it to my husband!ReplyDelete
Oh, and I have a 70.3 and 26.2 sticker on my car, and love them!
Yeah, and he doesn't really want to be taken off of the mailing list, does he? How can he be removed if they don't know his name? What a coward. AND I agree with Mr. Culp, half the people probably think I go to math-a-thons by looking at the back of my car...so be it. I worked hard to earn my stickers and you better believe I have a spot all cleared off for my 70.3 and unfortunately...that one only means I have one left to earn: 140.6. So shove it Mr. Anonymous.ReplyDelete
5 Miles 2 Empty has written exactly what I was thinking. How can he be removed if he is anonymous? Pompous jackass. Now he will show his buddies his letter and at the same time salivate when the next issue comes in.ReplyDelete
BTW - Not all who live in Texas feel this way. Send me Lava, mail me stickers and I will love every minute of it.
Much Love and Peace Out.
You are my triathlon angel. On my shoulder at 4am today while on my 35 minute taper run. I am channeling my inner KC for Cali.
This letter is ridiculous. I think if the idiot would have had the balls to sign his name, well I would still be pissed, but at least I would think the guy had a spine.ReplyDelete
I have a 70.3 and a 26.2 sticker on my truck. Why? Because I went the distance and not many people have.
Oh, and I will be swapping the 70.3 for a 140.6 in July. :)
Hateraide. I hadn't seen that, good one.
I just read this letter this morning. Dude needs to relax. Sure, I think there might be some truth to the article, but don't think I'm siding with him completely on it. You're right, he should have offered advice instead of just ripping into everything.ReplyDelete
It is very clear that this man has no set of balls at all!ReplyDelete
Pretty sad that he is no better then the 1% of triathletes he is complaining aboutReplyDelete
I'll assume the dude must have been having a bad day...and as I'm find of saying, what he wrote doesn't even add up!ReplyDelete
I wonder what this guy would think of the tattoo running down my left bicep ... :)ReplyDelete