IDC

Oh really?

Recently, a prominent runner publicly came out as gay, which brought a post to the Letsrun.com forums I initially thought nothing of, but have since given great consideration.

I care how he does with his running. I don’t care at all about what lifestyle choices he makes. I wish him well with his running and his life choices.

Letsrun.com forum poster

Some people were quick to point out that “being” gay is not a “choice.” There’s a phenomenal skieologians episode right there, waiting to be chewed on, but I’m not sure it’s a battle I want to fight.

For now, I want to pose a question: is this poster onto something or ‘on’ something?

In other words, how much does it matter to you, me and fans in general, what an athlete does in their private life, away from the competitive arena? Do we care?

Should we?

To me, the answer to both questions is pretty simple.

This column will be continued tomorrow….

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My name is Ryan Sederquist.  I am a man of many passions and dreams, and this website is the outlet for many of them. I am currently teaching 5th grade remotely in the Adams12 school district in Colorado. I have been an elementary music teacher in Alamosa, Colorado, as well as a 7-12 band director at Lake County High School in Leadville, Colorado. I am also in the final, final stages of acquiring my M.S. in Exercise Science from Adams State University. In 2018-2019, we spent a year in Presque Isle, Maine as I coached the UMPI Nordic ski team. I currently live in Leadville, Colorado with my wife Christie, a special education teacher, and our border collie-German shepherd mix, Ajee. Even though it is not my full-time job, ever since I was a child, I had the desire to do one of three things professionally - pro sports, writing about pro sports, or being a radio talk show host. This website is where I pretend to do the latter two, and when I'm out pretending to do the former, I listen to podcasts, think about topics, and pursue my wild dream of someday, at some event, in either running, biking, or skiing, wearing a team USA uniform. This website contains articles, podcasts, pictures, and journal entries that have to do with my passion and involvement in endurance sports. Our flagship project is the Seder Skier Podcast, which talks mostly about nordic skiing and attempts to interview influential individuals in the ski world. I also rant about the Big 4 sports, with a lean towards Minnesota teams (Vikings, Twins, Twolves, and MN Distance Running). I sometimes try to write Sports Illustrated like 'feature' articles about athletes as well. In addition to a focus on sports, you will find the occasional article or show that discusses the intersection of theology and society ...which is ...obviously everywhere. We place these in our Skieologians podcast. The heading at the top of my homepage reads, "Search for Truth. Play with purpose. Strive for success." It is the underlying theme for my coaching philosophy, which can be downloaded from this site. Basically, I'm always looking to search for the truth in my pursuit of knowledge, whether that is knowledge regarding the best methods for waxing skis, training a quarter miler, or defending my Christian apologetic. Searching implies a dedicated pursuit for knowledge, and that is what I'm about and what this site is about, even if it is simply for providing viewers with an accurate description of a product. Play with purpose has to do with living out our passions because they are fun. I ski because its fun. I play music and teach young kids because there is joy in it. This blog is about celebrating the joy and fun that inherently exists in the pursuit of excellence and in the activities themselves. Finally, strive for success is built on the principle that true success is the realization that we gave 100% effort to become the best that we could possible be. It requires 100% in preparation, competition, reflection, mental effort, etc. If something is worth doing, I believe it is worth doing with that level of effort. Someday, I hope to race the Visma Classics - the entire season, wear a Team USA singlet, and have a job that involves writing or talking about sports or theology all day. If you know of any body I can reach out to to help me accomplish these goals, please email me at sederquistrd@grizzlies.adams.edu

2 thoughts on “IDC

  1. Take a good long contemplative look at your man nipples in the mirror this morning before you write any more about the gender and sexual spectrum.
    True that you should not care about other’s intimate details but you should care deeply about every difficult step on the path that your neighbor walks.

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    1. Dan – my post said that we SHOULD care about the athletes we follow. I never stated my position on the athlete in question’s personal choices. My only take is that it’s silly when people say, “I don’t care about that person’s personal beliefs, I only care about what they do ‘on the field.'” That’s just not true … as human’s, we can’t but care and think about what our heroes do on and off the field of play.

      I for one definitely take those long, contemplative looks, trust me! And I honestly do give my best effort at being empathetic when I write something! No doubt – people have difficult steps on their journey – and I do want to respect that!

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