Hi everyone, I've been a lurker here since Feburary, I was finally going to start contributing to the forum but I had no idea my first post was going to be a rant. I am sorry. I just... need to talk to someone who understands.
Quick info about myself: I am a 30 years old dude and I weigh 215 lbs. I am also only 5'7'' so those 215 lbs aren't the greatest sight. I just started biking last week after recovering from a biking injury (fractured my hand within the first month I started riding if you can believe it). I average about 15 miles a day, everyday. I know its not much. My plan is hopefully to lose 1.5 pounds per week.
Anyway I live in a heavily populated metro area where biking routes are a rarity. Yesterday I was biking along one when I came up to a group of friends in their 40's taking a stroll on the biking lane. Between the seven of them they have effectively blocked the whole lane, so I slowed down to a near stop and asked politely. They looked at me, hesitated for a second, then reluctantly made way for me. But while I was riding past them, one of the guys said with a smirk, "packing too much fat to get through, eh?" I was busy trying to pick up speed that by the time I really realized what he had said I was 20 feet away. So I just kept on pedalling and got my ass out of there. I was ok but now I am pissed off the more I think about it. Sure, I know I am fat and I know I am probably awful to look at, but that's what I am trying to change by biking. Damn it if I weren't would I still bust my ass out there everyday? (Well, probably yes; I love bikes.) But how is it that the society decide its ok to mock fat people regardless of right or wrong or the occassion?
I am sorry this turned out to be such a long rant and I am sure I sound more like a teenager girl than a 30 y/o dude at this point. I just wish I knew how to react when people laugh at my weight. I usually cope with humour and jokes but sometimes they just don't work at all. Traffic, I can manage; road rage, I know how to avoid; but mockery.... Can someone help me with it? Thank you all.