Feeling Snarky

I was so excited that I was picked to be featured amongst the amazing women featured in the Maine Women’s Magazine…

caratunkgirl, caratunk girl

I didn’t really even tell anyone about doing the interview – which is really weird for me because I am a complete blabbermouth.  But I wanted it to be a surprise to my family and friends.

Anyway, when the story came out I didn’t know about it. 

It is kind of funny, a friend of mine mentioned he read it and said it was a nice article.   I was hoping to get a copy sent to me, or at least notified that it was coming out…but I didn’t.

No biggie…I finally got my hands on the article.  I was so excited to read it, I sat outside the post office.

Partway through the 3rd paragraph, I wanted to throw the thing across the street. 

“Farrar didn’t finish the first Iron Man she tried because she hadn’t trained as hard as she should have.”


I finished my first Ironman dammit.  

Maybe only someone who finishes an Ironman can understand why each one matters so much…and well…I don’t like how it presents me as some goofy girl who didn’t take her first Ironman seriously. 

I trained hard for that race.  I gave up time with my family and friends for that race…that shit matters.

True enough, I didn’t finish Ironman Mont Tremblant last year because I had a really crappy year which drained me of all of my ambition to train.   But that is a different story than what was written.

I am kicking myself for not asking to review it before publication – which crossed my mind but then I thought it was kind of presumptuous of me to want to do that. 

Lesson learned on that one (not sure anyone will ever want to talk to me again after this rant).

I guess what I should say now is that in the big picture, it isn’t a huge deal…I am making a big deal out of nothing, that I need to be a bigger person, and it is just really an honor that I am in there with all of those amazing women…

OK that is all true, but I am still feeling snarky and grumpy about it. 

Actually truth be told – the rest of the article is really very good, there are a few more errors but nothing that is a very big deal.  I appreciate the nice comments about my blog and about my attitude about the future (basically that I am not freaking done yet).

Moving on…and speaking of not training, I have been basically hiking and walking in the woods for my upcoming 50k trail race.  My plan is to start working in a few more runs (I guess that is important on a trail run?) into my schedule and just build my legs up so they can take the beating of a 50k. 

Besides…I can’t be in that horrible of shape – I just did a half Ironman 2 weeks ago.  And I have hiked 3 mountains since then. 

Thanks for reading!

About caratunkgirl

Short spunky girl from the tiny town of Caratunk, Maine. Active outdoor girl. I am a forester, whitewater raft guide, Ironman and 5x marathoner with Ultra dreams. Always ready for the next adventure with my dog Kineo by my side.
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10 Responses to Feeling Snarky

  1. adena says:

    You didn’t even tell me and I can get a copy of it! Did u get two? One for me?!?! All of the rant is justified. All of it. And I still love you more than bacon.

  2. Uhhh……any error is a big deal I don’t care how small. They are journalists and they should be producing content that is 100% factual not some made up stuff.

    I would certainly ask for a retraction on that and maybe it doesn’t matter in the grand scheme of things but it matters to you and that is all that matters.

  3. Mary Farrar says:

    Mandy I am so proud of you for your “snarky” remarks! I hope the journalist who did the interview reads your blog. LV Mom

  4. Krista says:

    I would be seriously pissed off. That is a major mistake. Yes, it doesn’t matter in the long run/big picture/world peace kind of way, but you worked hard and successfully finished your first IM and you should get credit for that!

  5. Michael says:

    I don’t blame you at all for feeling that way. I would totally be ticked. It is cool that you were featured, but they need to get their facts and story straight! This stuff is important to us. If it wasn’t we wouldn’t do it and kill ourselves every day and every weekend to make it happen.

  6. Michelle says:

    I would have been pissed too cause you totally finished that first IM. With taped shorts and hoo-hoo flashing and duct tape. YOU FINISHED DAMMIT! I’m pissed and I didn’t even do the race.

    Cool you got an article written about you though. #jealous

  7. Matt Smith says:

    You so cool cuz your in publishes magazines and newspapers. You’re famous!!!…even if it’s for NOT finishing your first IM? What’s up with that? Well, you’ve got the picture to prove it. 🙂

  8. I would feel shitty about it too. Especially because it was the first one. Non other like the first one.

  9. Carmel Rubin says:

    … and that Mandy is why you should NEVER believe 100% of what you read in the paper!!

  10. Erin Lane says:

    You are amazing! We all know the truth anyway. And your feelings are totally valid. It feels awful to be misrepresented. Miss you… Come to NH and hike with Talia and I this fall? I have a smaller belly since last time I saw you…

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