When running or cycling, that is. I've known a whole lot of naturally skinnyfast people who think they're fast because they've trained a lot, when really they're just fast not because of their training at all, but because they just don't have very much weight to move around. It takes less energy for them to move their smaller body weight and frontal area, on foot or on a bike.
Then again, I've met a lot of skinnyfast people who seem to confuse the concepts of "slow" with "lazy" and "stupid". That's fodder for another long rant some day.
I guess it's just stupidity or laziness that made me run laborious 14-minute miles when I started out when you were doing 9-minute-miles easily the first time you went running, right?
Another rant I'll write some day: The skinny people with crappy diets who think they're skinny not because of genetics or a low setpoint or fast-acting satiety or a high metabolic rate or that they're just lucky, but because of their vastly superior eating habits and industriousness.
I don't know. Maybe I've just been hangin' with the wrong bunch.
Actually, most triathletes that I've met are very positive and supportive of others of all speeds. The majority of them are just racing against themselves, regardless of what event they're in.
The good news? My running is getting faster and easier. So is my cycling. It's definitely not because I've been doing more training (though that helps), it's mostly because I have less weight to lug around. I've done the same amount of training before without getting much faster, because I weighed the same. I'm sure that if I put on a 20-pound backpack, I'd be racing about the speed I did at that total body weight.
Free speed. I'll take it!