In 2005 Nike launched an ad campaign that was intended to be body positive and pro-running (well duh- it’s Nike!) One of their posters showed a nice, healthy pair of thighs and declared in large print – I Have Thunder Thighs and in smaller print “And that’s a compliment because they are strong and toned and muscular. And though they are unwelcome in the petite section they are cheered on in marathons.”
I thought it was a great campaign and applauded their efforts all the while having to ignore 99.9% of the skinny models in their other ads.
Today I declare myself to have thunder thighs for my own reason. Reasons having to do with my bike.
When I first started riding with TGD (the good doctor) last May he could always kick my ass – always. At first I could keep up with him pretty well but as the months went by he got stronger and I really didn’t and so keeping up with him became a struggle. When we climbed Mt. Diablo he would get way ahead of me and, like everyone else, have to wait until I caught up.
Today we rode our bike to the junction on Mt. Diablo which involves about a 2,000 foot climb. It isn’t super hard but you do have to work to make it up the hill. TGD was on-call and had to stop to answer the phone repeatedly but I wouldn’t know he had stopped until I looked back and down the hill (it goes switch back) and not see him. I would stop and wait and then, when he didn’t show up for a while I would go back DOWN the mountain to fetch him and then go back up again. Last year this would have been flat out unthinkable. No way would I have headed down for fear of never making it back up to where I was. Every inch of climb was an air robbing, gasp laden struggle.
But wait! There’s more! My bike has a triple on it and I generally have to resort to the small chain ring by the time I’ve climbed about 800 – 900feet. Not today. Today I made it up to the junction in the middle chain ring – and it wasn’t even that hard.
So today I declare myself to be a woman with Thunder Thighs. Nice, thunderously strong, thighs – and for probably the first time in my entire life I appreciate them.