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Mean and ignorant people: why?

June 28, Day 136

Today’s Workouts: 

60 min bike, 15 minutes in Z1, 35 minutes Z2, 10 minutes Z1
1750m swim, 500 yd Z1, 5 x (100 yd Z3/15″ rest) 250 yd Z1, 10 x (25 yd Z5/10″ rest) 250 yd Z1

Yesterday’s workout: 45 min run, HILL REPEATS, 5 minutes Z1, 5 minutes Z2, 10 x (1 minute Z5 uphill/2 minutes Z1) 5 minutes Z1


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There’s an inherent meanness that some people express towards those who are working out I just don’t get.

Anyone who runs or cycles outside for any length of time I am sure has seen it.  While biking on the road I’ve had people lay on their horn right behind me or as they pass me, even when I’m not in their way.  I’ve had people shout names or obscenities.  I’ve been flipped off, cut off, I’ve even had someone cut in front of me and hit the brakes real quick to see if they could make me wreck.  There’s even actually a thing now for “coal rolling” cyclists.  I can sort of get the road rage when there’s no shoulder and I had the audacity to slow you down 2 seconds from your destination, but I’ve had it happen even when there’s plenty of shoulder and no possible way I was in anyone’s way.

For running I haven’t gotten coal rolled or cut off, but I’ve had people cat-call, whistle, honk, etc.  Last Thursday when I was doing the run portion of my brick, I ran across a gas station exit, and a woman in an SUV pulled up to the exit.  She leaned out of her window, yelled something at me, then sped off with a screech to her tires.  I had my music in and didn’t hear what she said, but her expression, tone, and the way she peeled out made me think it probably wasn’t “good morning”.

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Why do people feel the need?  I just don’t get it.  And this is with me being a fairly good size male.  I can’t even imagine how bad it could get for women runners.

Yesterday as I was crushing my hill repeats (and that felt good) I had another common thing for runners happen to me again.  Guy walking his dog along the sidewalk, big dog, way out in front of him, no leash.  Dog comes bounding up to me and he yells “Don’t worry, he won’t bite”.  I have to stop and warily watch the dog until he meanders up and puts the dog on the leash, acting like there’s something wrong with me for being nervous.

Grrrrr.

Now keep in mind, I am a dog owner.  I love my dog.  But I do not trust her in ALL situations with ALL people at ALL times.  And I certainly don’t expect a total stranger to be comfortable with her bounding up on them at full speed while they are running.  It’s just plain ignorant to think you can predict your dog “would never”.

'Relax! My dog would never bite you!'

My mother was attacked unprovoked by a dog while running.  She was pretty seriously hurt when the dog knocked her down.  My son was attacked unprovoked by a friend’s dog while at his house.  He had to have some pretty huge stitches to repair multiple bites on his arm.  My dog was attacked (happily not seriously hurt) when walking on the sidewalk when a dog, unleashed, came running out of a garage and went for her.  Guess what the owner said in every single one of those situations?

“That’s the first time that’s ever happened.  Normally my dog WOULD NEVER do something like that”.

Famous last words.  Is it really worth the risk to others?  To your dog?

Anyway, enough ranting.  I’ll just leave it with one more message.  Cheers!

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