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Although I try to talk to my family about my running and triathlon training, it tends to fall on deaf ears. My mum simply becomes anxious that I am 'doing too much'. My sister says I am obsessed with exercise. They cannot see the difference between keeping to a training schedule and over-exercising. They cannot seem to understand that I do these activities because I enjoy them!
And yet both my mum and sister are overweight - my sister in particular smokes, eats unhealthily, does no exercise whatsoever and then has a pop at me! I've just come back from spending a week at my mums in Stroud and was horrified by their over-reliance on taxis for very short distances.
So its really difficult to share my enthusiasms with them although my Mum will support me by sponsoring me for charity events.
It gets a bit lonely sometimes as I feel I am now the oddball in the family.
I am interested in training for an Ironman but I don't even think I could tell my mum this.........I think it would send her to an early grave!
What are your families like? Or your work colleagues for that matter?