See below. Looking for weird physical, emotional or personality traits that end up helping with sports
I'm working on a story for
Athletic blessings in disguise: This story is about the characteristics we complain about that actually end up helping us out in our sports. I'm looking for a few other examples from professional female athletes—can be any sport—on one thing about them (can be a personality trait, a physical trait or an emotional trait) that they would normally complain about, but actually puts them ahead or makes them stronger in their sport.
So, from this I am to assume that being an ultrarunner is not, by itself, a "weird physical, emotional or personality trait".
Anyways, this isn't a bash on Dean (see the ULTRA list to get your fill of that ongoing, multi-season soap opera), he's a nice guy who I shared some miles with at Leadville one year. However, the wording and concept behind the TV show's requirements made me think that we ultrarunners are not such odd ducks after all.
That is, until more folks hear about someone like Geoff Roes and think it is normal for ultrarunners to effortlessly squeeze off a 3:41 for 50k. Then when they look at, say, the pedestrian 5:57 I ran at Diez Vista last weekend, they'll think I'm just another lard-butted chump and won't even be asking me to tell them about my experience running 330km in Italy so they can quickly interrupt me to say Yeah, they ran a 10k once, but now they have knee problems otherwise they'd be doing marathons and isn't it cool that the Canucks are in the playoffs wow did you see that guy in the Elvis costume last game he was hilarious.
So like I said, I suppose this is a good thing.... I think I'll like being normal and not being viewed as having a weird physical, emotional or personality trait. Bummer about your knee, though, that's a shame, and no I'm not watching the game, I don't care about hockey and I'm going out for a run.
In which case I just turned weird again .... I can't win.