Discussion..

Sunday – 40min leisure bike, 2200m swim

Saw this on the 220Triathlon forum:

“Women – don’t really ‘train’ do they..?
by Conehead » Sun Jan 17, 2010 8:19 am

So – its that time of year and there’s a lot of new names on the forum so I thought it was time to mix things up.

There’s a couple of really good posts on tritalk so devoid of any original ideas of my own I’ve nicked one.

The observation is this – I see a lot of women out ‘plodding’ about when training, but when I see blokes they’re generally trashing themselves. Now the casual observer could claim that women ‘don’t really train’ and ‘don’t like sweating’ and are happy to bimble along. Whereas fella’s like to seemingly ‘train hard’?

Discuss”

My first reaction to this post, it has to be said, was total mortification and anger that a person could be quite so ignorant. Many men plod, many women plod; many men train hard, many women train hard. I then established that the poster was looking for discussion, and not necessarily expressing his own view entirely. The replies that followed the post continued to provide me with a mingled emotional spectrum of amusement and anger – such as ‘if I didn’t work and had all day at home, I would train mid-day too – so maybe we men who work hard just don’t see the training women cos we’re busy earning money’. Such reasoning belongs in the 1950s, i’m sure.

It did however lead me to consider the question of sex and sport once again. I think women sometimes feel self conscious about really giving training everything they’ve got – i’ve caught myself in the gym mirror many times looking like i’ve just run through a jungle (probably being chased by some sort of large cat), and felt a little embaressed. However, when I know I have a goal – when I am aiming for a predetermined speed or distance, I don’t care. Actually, I more than don’t care – i’m proud.

Horses sweat, men perspire, ladies merely glow?
This might well be true, but this Lady glows enough to fill a good couple of buckets.

There are 2 comments

  1. Harry Munro

    Blokes do love to prove their manliness in a contest of who can fill up the sweat bucket more. Paralleled with a 'who can spend the most at physio getting overuse injuries treated' contest.There are a lot of people who see steady state aerobics and bodybuilding-style resistance training as the ONLY way to get in shape. Any other form is "too hard". (ps it pisses me off when runners are like, yeah I need to do some strength training… off to the leg-press machine! It's not their fault.)You got to remember a lot of blokes are inspired by muscle mags and websites. Lots of GRR, AHH and ITS ALL YOU BUDDY over there. IF a bloke isn't putting the effort in, he's frowned upon by himself. On the contrary, when has a piece of media ever aimed at women been jacked full of testosterone and made them want to self-obliterate?

  2. Michelle Arthurs

    I understand that men may feel the need to appear to 'push the boundries' of their bodies more, and that male role models might influence this.What I dispute is that women are not inclined to push themselves, and are more content to 'plod' along, maintaining fitness and not improving. Just not true – if it was female olympic events would be v. underwelming to watch!

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