For whatever reason Ragen has been super active on Facebook recently. Here’s a list of this week’s greatest Facebook hits:
1. She called community gardening “elitism” and engaging in “magical health claims.” (Says the person who claimed that she can block psychic interlopers with her vivid sexual fantasies.)
2. She accused everyone who disagrees with her of engaging in “trolling.” This is the one that got our attention on this blog because it certainly seemed she was, at least in part, referencing us.
See for yourself:
Ragen, since I am now 90% sure you are one of the readers of this blog, I am going to address you directly.
The Triathlon community did not ask you to join us. Never once, ever, was there an outcry of “what the triathlon world needs is a Fat Activist to remind us that ‘health is not obligation, not within our control…'” Oh fuck, I can’t even stand to type that drivel sarcastically.
There are fat Triathletes. One of the best bike fitters in the sport is 6’5″ and weighs in at probably 350 at least (if you lived in Tucson in the last 10 years or are familiar with the most successful internet triathlon company, you know exactly who I am talking about). Jayne Williams is a pretty inspirational person who has completed at least a Half-Ironman. No doubt you are familiar with her book “Slow Fat Triathlete.” (I will take an aside here that it speaks VOLUMES about your personality that you featured Jayne as an unpaid speaker at last years Fat Activism Conference and have yet to even give her a nod on IronFat).
But we did not ask you to participate. You don’t even like us or the sports that compose triathlon. You have said as much many times about how you hate running and you’re no good at cycling. And to add a dose of very typical Ragen hypocrisy, you even criticized members of a Triathlon forum group for not talking about what you thought they should be talking about!
So I am hoping you will forgive us for for reading your blog and recognizing instantly that it doesn’t even come close to meshing with what we would be expecting to see when someone is talking about training. Your latest blog didn’t even mention training as an aside, in fact, as far as I can tell it was 100% about the joke you would have told had you had better seats at a comedy show. L’espirit de l’escalier is actually something most people are embarrassed about Ragen… yet you brag about it… in a triathlon blog no less.
So as such, you have not had one, not one, substantive input to how your training is going. So you leave it to us to speculate. Your “numbers” have made absolutely no sense with regards to improvement. I said in my first blog I have been running for well over a decade and someone improving 5 minutes per mile in less than a month is such absolute nonsense that it makes everything you say suspect.
No, we are not looking for further reasons to troll you. In fact, if you had reading comprehension (nice little dig there, in reference to being called out for using the terms “elite” and “magical” in reference to poor people) you would know that a substantial number of your biggest detractors are rooting for you to succeed. Obviously you have some sort of odd persecution complex and I imagine that must be set in really deep from the way you grew up, but believe it or not, most people are not rooting for you to fail.
You don’t want to feel like you’re being trolled? Then engage your detractors Ragen, cut the bullshit about “safe spaces” that you and the rest of the HAES/FA crowd hide behind when you don’t want to have cold hard facts placed in front of you. You know as well as I do that most of the questions you get are not trolling you and certainly not hateful… your hatemail in itself is another little spin job you do for the benefit of your few faithful followers. You are more than welcome to address us here, on this blog.
And Ragen, my life is in no way “bad.” I’m retired from the Air Force. I deployed many times and can say with certainty that my job allowed me to save lives, of both allied troops and innocent civillians but also the Taliban and Al Queda enemies. I take great satisfaction in that. As I’m typing this, my daughter and her sleepover friends are splashing around in our pool in the amazing Tucson weather. I have my amazing rescue dog resting at my feet, and my son is pretending like he’s Edward Kenway from the Xbox he spends entirely too much time in front of. I write about you because I find you amazingly sad. And rather than doing it myself Ragen?… I’m entered in the Tempe 70.3 as well. I had a decent ride on my stationary trainer and a so-so run on my treadmill. I watched Carl Sagan in the classic “Cosmos” talk about how big of a number a “googol” is. Life isn’t bad over here Ragen.
The bottom line is, if you are doing this simply for a medal, or a tattoo (a new revelation that came out the other day) yet provide no substance then everything you just referenced as trolling is going to continue… you are just too interesting for it not to. Perhaps you can try invading our minds while thinking of us having sex to scare us away?