Wednesday, 10 June 2009
Big Brass Ones
Even our bib numbers are cooler than they need to be. But that's just how we roll on this thing.
No more needs be said specifically about the question of whether someone who's done no work in a break has the right to contest the sprint. The various people who've weighed in have come down about where I expected them to, with Jared Nieters offering (in my opinion of course, and not surprisingly) the most seasoned and pragmatic thoughts on the issue.
Sailing has its own Eddy Merckx, except he's not Belgian, he's Danish. He's also a few years older than Eddy. His name is Paul Elvstrom. If you meet someone and they claim to be a big sailor and they don't know of Elvstrom, there's your answer - poseur. He's won like 6 Olympic gold medals (unlike in some other sports, it's only possible to win one per Games - you do the math on how long he was good) and probably 30 world championships (you can notch a few of those per year). His influence on training for sailing was as profound as Tudor Bompa's (sp?) was on cycling, with the technical influence of Srs. Campagnolo, Binda and Christophe thrown in for good measure. Atop all of that, his ethical influence prevails, and is the basis for my admiration of all of his accomplishments, for here is his well known quote on sportsmanship:
"You haven't won the race if, in doing so, you've lost the respect of your competitors."
Final thought is that there are two types of people in the world - those who pee in their wetsuit... oops, sorry, different conversation. There are two types of people in the world. Those who add to the equation (and by that link I don't mean just promoters, I mean Karen specifically and those who raise their hands when things need doing generally) and those who take away from it. The people who constantly expect to have the world do for them can pretty well go choke on a fat one says me.
One guy who I got a lot more respect for last was night is Donald Brew. This guy's been going through field sprints like syphillis through Napoleon's army, and his upgrade from Cat 3 to 2 is probably borderling mandatory at this point. He's claimed to hate hills. So why was he one of the very first people to register for the Altarum Lost River Classic p/b GamJams? I'm guessing that the answer to that question and today's title post are one and the same.
Register for the race, it makes the promoter feel good to know that the thousand hours he and others have spent on something isn't going to be divided among 32 participants.
Judd Walencikowksi is hereinafter officially to be known as the first person ever to register for the Lost River Classic.