Friday, May 01, 2009

What Smells?

I am lacking in recognition...

For many hours a day, I surf various forums.  Some of them, I consistently use my "handle".  Some of them, I use my real name.  There are a few where anonymity is the norm, rather than the exception.

All I have to say is,  "Where is my Troll Badge?"  :-)

All the hard work I have put in.  All the flaming.  The witty sarcasm.  This is hard work, and I deserve recognition.

More often then not, I find myself defending those truths which should be self evident.  Imagine that, a troll in shining armor.

Take the nefarious Georgia Soccer Forum for instance.  Along with anonymity comes a complete lack of self control and common sense.  It is the favored medium for bashing all that is soccer in the State of Georgia, including the Corp of Referees.  Most of the time, I just let this stuff go.  Others, I dive in with both feet.  The balance between insanity and common sense must be restored.

In fitness related new, my calorie tracking web site has a fitness forum, where often questions are asked about running and triathlon.  I use my own name here.  It is the prefered tactic to back up one's advice with studies and articles linked on the internet.  It goes something like this.

Oh!  Never ever run!  My knees are ruined, and this article on the internet shows that running results in 1012% more injuries...

This is all fine and dandy.  The people reading this stuff may actually even go read the article.  Some will not.  I, on the other hand, don't just read the article.  I dissect it.  What's wrong with this picture?  First, the article was written in 1977.  What did they know about running back then?  (don't get me started).  Second, they had the "subjects" run at 90-95% of max HR for every run.  No wonder the poor bastards were dying.

At least most of the peeps on this forum are good natured.  Flame wars are few and far between.  It really is all about helping people lose weight and get fit.  But sometimes, just sometimes, I wonder.

Is that smell me?  The Troll?  Or is it the B.S. I am having to tip toe around here?

You decide, and that's one of the beauties of the internet...

17 comments:

Jess said...

My standard retort for those who claim that running ruins the knees is "Obesity ruins knees, not running."

Gotta Run said...

I am with Jess. Amen!!

People kill me with what appears to just be excuses not facts.

I can get on a soap box about this kind of stuff!

Just the other day I was eating with a person who kept saying that I needed to eat more. Workout less...etc..etc... Want to guess what type of shape they are in??

Man... I need to calm down... :)

J~Mom said...

That argument reminds me of the triathlon/death articles going around about a month ago!

Missy said...

Thank you Jess! Yeah, my knees hurt and I have a bad back. Really, no shit, you could stand to lose a 100lbs. Ever think THAT'S why your doc won't give you knee replacement? Oh, but then they get the handicapped parking spaces and use the electric scooters in the grocery because of their 'bad knees.'

JMom, Yes, don't send me that crap. A guy died here in the CMM half marathon last weekend. While I'm terribly sorry for his families loss. Is that my reason to stop?

See what you started...........

LBTEPA said...

breathe in... breathe out...
the internet is where people with no guts and no brains can safely spew out their nastiness (I KNOW). Best to back away - as my dear spousal unit says, you can't have a battle of wits with an unarmed man

Chad in the AZ Desert said...

"First, the article was written in 1977."
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They thought running in cotton shirts and shorts was a good idea back then, too. Yikes! Just keep up the good work, Wes.

Andy said...

Well written Wes....

I heartily agree! BTW now that you have signed up for Augusta that makes number three so I might have to bite the bullet after CDA (assuming there are spots left) and sign up. That way I will at least know 3 other people racing. Make it a party you know... Post-gaming it!

If only you could pregame a triathlon, would it be the best sporting event in the world.

Michelle said...

Some people are just really stupid. You, on the other hand, are one of the really smart ones : ) Don't ever let anyone tell you anything different!

Kevin said...

Yeah, you cant fix stupid. some people just wont listen to what should be obvious

Lily on the Road said...

Since my injury I've been getting a lot of "you're too old to be running"

....excuse me??

I'll still be running or at least cycling 20 years from now, so get outta my way all of you lazy fat asses!!!

Annette said...

There are few things that get me fired up like someone saying that running ruins your knees or is bad for you in some way. That is such a lame way for people to excuse their couch-surfing. Anyway - you go get 'em! ;)

Marcy said...

LMAO at Jess and Chad. For reals . . .wasn't there just study (a 20 year one no less) that came out not too too long ago that said that runners aged better and lived longer than their non running counterparts.

Joe said...

Distance and anonymity give the web this caustic side, one which you would seldom have if folks were sitting in a living room discussing the same topics.

Frustrating.

But perhaps part of the world in which we live.

I prefer to think that some civility, like most of our running blogs, will raise the level just a bit. At least as much as any one of us can influence.

You are a good thinker, Wes. Passionate, to be sure, but clear-headed. Keep it up... don't go vanilla... don't go postal... you have it!!!

Michelle said...

Running is the best!!

Your the best!

Thats all I got today!

Al's CL Reviews said...

I run. I'm fat. My knees don't hurt.
My back hurts. But that is because I'm fat, not because I run.

If people can find an excuse, they will use it!

Perry said...

The Internet can be a complete time suck when trying to debate a subject. Unfortunately, I doubt anyone is ever convinced of anything if they disagree with you.

Still, it's fun.

Darrell said...

If its on the internet it must be true, right???

Thanks goodness people like you are there to be a voice of reason.