About the movement.
I was in the middle of building my base for Ironman Arizona when I got word that their state government had passed a ban on abortions after 20 weeks past a woman's last menstrual period. Then I heard that they were trying to spread this kind of restrictive legislation to Washington, D.C. Then I heard Michigan was entering into the mishigas with an even more restrictive bill, and that Rep. Lisa Brown had been banned from the floor for speaking against this bill, after stating, “Mr. Speaker, I’m flattered that you’re all so interested my vagina, but no means no.” Then there was the fact that the entire Republican party got on board with an anti abortion platform, and who could forget about Todd Aiken's insane "legitimate rape" statement. The point being: none of this is new. And we can't sit by passively and allow our rights to our bodies to be threatened. Especially as female athletes.
There is no one who knows her body better than the female endurance athlete. To her, it is a machine. She must listen to it, care for it, make sure she's sleeping enough, working out hard enough and resting enough, timing her nutrition correctly and hydrating. Her body is her life, it fuels her passion, she knows its limits and knows what greatness she is capable of. And for some random old white dude to think he knows better than she does when it comes to a very intimate and personal part of her body is absurd.
If you don't believe in abortion, that is perfectly fine. Don't get one. But it is a choice that is for each woman in her specific set of circumstances to make. And I find it appalling that, the minute I enter Arizona, I have fewer rights than my male training partners. (Part of me wants to put morning after pills in my special needs bag, just to say I did.)
Currently, I'm just one triathlete trying to make a statement in a homemade tri suit during her big long Ironman race in a state that has extremely restrictive reproductive rights. But it's my hope, perhaps, that by putting it out there for other female athletes to consider, I might get more women on board to race for their rights. I've been talking to some other amazing women who are already excited about the idea. We will probably design a Team Choice-type bike kit and do a Kickstarter for it. Any money we make, we'd donate to the Planned Parenthood. (Without whom, I would probably be pregnant, frankly.)