I was talking to my running buddy, and I said something like "being one of the fit people in our circle of friends..." and he stops me and says something like, "Dude, screw our circle of friends. You are at an elite level of fitness." Which is something I guess I don't take the time to appreciate/reflect on much. I compare myself to people at the gym, and I realize I'm one of the strong people there--but I'm not unique. There are a couple guys who are bigger and go heavier; others who are close. I'm in in the upper tier, but I'm not an outlier. But that's comparing me to other people in the gym. Compared to the average person.... Not to say that "average" is necessarily a good point to be, but it's worth remembering that those of us here are pushing past the average person. So while it is good to acknowledge what "normal people" have to deal with, also realize that most of us no longer qualify as "normal people" when it comes to fitness. Jaer might be one of the strong ones at his gym, but he's also the fat one. Man that place is full of lean, athletic people!