Listen, I don't want any trouble. I don't want any of the Alison (just one 'L') Stokke nastiness, with lawyers and angry parents and journalists with dead-end careers getting pissed at me because a female teenage athlete is attractive (or because of copyright law, whatever).
I just want all you nice people to know about 18-year-old Kirsten Sweetland, a world-class triathlete who last weekend became the youngest Canadian to win a World Cup event with her victory in Richards Bay, South Africa. Congratulations, Kirsten — consider the readers of With Leather among your fans.
In a delightful turn for sports fans who like to follow athletes' activities, Kirsten has an enjoyable blog that allows you to keep track of her travels around the world and her grueling training regimen. I hope she doesn't mind that I've shared some of the photos from her blog below. I think we can all agree that she's slightly more adorable than a box full of golden retriever puppies snuggling with a litter of kittens. And I want to point out that that's not a sexual metaphor. I'm not attracted to her at all in that way. She could ask me to take her on a date to the botanical gardens, and I'd politely decline and tell her she should look for someone closer to her own age. That isn't to say things wouldn't work out for us someday down the road, but… you know what? I'll stop talking now.