Why are some women so unsupportive to other women?!
Saturday, August 06, 2011
So my first triathlon is this weekend. And the weather isn't going to be great. Rain. And the surf is going to be high. But I'm ready. And I'm proud of myself for how far I've come. And I had such a victory this week! I easily slid into size 8 Jean shorts. Which I only tried on because they were on sale and there were no 10s. I have never been a single digit size before (and this is for real, right, jeans that aren't even tight make it for real!) in my adult life!
So I go pick up my race packet for the triathlon. Now I have quite a few races under my belt - mostly running, mostly co-ed. This is a women's tri. When I moved to the woman giving out the shirts, she asked for my size. I had ordered large. I am a medium these days :), but I like loose workout clothes and this is a tech shirt. She immediately told me they were running small and I might want an XL or even XXL. Really? Really? Gee thanks.
I ran a women's only 5 mile race a few months ago and had another one of these kinds of demoralizing experiences. A woman completely amazed that I was participating (who finished 20 minutes after I did, by the way).
What's up with that? Fit people come in all sizes! It was nice to get the tip on the sizing but I would never tell another woman she is an XXL. I would never even venture a guess. Why can't some women just be happy for other women instead of being snide? They were being so nice to the stick thin woman who was asking a million questions because she is sooooo obviously afraid of the ocean. Size bias even at a triathlon for women. Sigh!