Okay, I know the saying is usually "WHERE'S a cop when you need one?" Things just worked out differently, this weekend. And it all became clear when I was pulled over while running. (Man am I getting fast!)
Now, for your viewing pleasure, Iron Pol after the second long run of the weekend. To be fair, we wrote the "50 miles" before actually mapping out the course. It was only 48.6 miles. I did 29 miles on Saturday in 4:55 (with 10 minutes in pit stops). That was followed up on Sunday with another 19.6 miles in about 3:45. My son was supposed to be offering me Gatorade. It looks more like he's trying to pour water on my head.
Perhaps it's just a bad summer. Perhaps it's just because I pay more attention. Or perhaps these tragedies are receiving more attention so people become better aware.
Roman Mica recently posted an article about a local sheriff's take on cyclists, traffic laws, and attitudes. The sheriff, along with many readers, made very vocal comments about their perception of the attitude of cyclists. In return, cyclists tried to help others understand the environment they sometimes face. And to be fair, other cyclists did much to prove the sheriff's point.
It's amazing how things can change a person's perspective. After spending the weekend dealing with a rather sick two-year old, I figured it was good blog fodder. Then I read a news article about the Gulf Coast Triathlon that made a couple nights sleeping on the floor seem pretty inconsequential.
In the 80s I liked to watch Hill Street Blues. This police show opened each episode with roll call where the precinct sergeant went through important news and information. At the end of each roll call, as the officers headed out to work, the sergeant would remind them to "Be careful out there."
On Sunday, the cycling and triathlon worlds were again hit with tragedy when Kristy Gough and Matt Peterson were killed after being struck by a car. Kristy was the 2004 winner of the 25-29 age group at the Ironman World Championships. She had recently made a transition to elite cycling and had her eyes on the Olympics.
Irony. An incongruity between the actual result of a sequence of events and the normal or expected results. Most often used in sentences of the "isn't it ironic that" variety.
The other day I was driving through town when I saw something that really made me think. Two girls were on a bike, one standing on back wheel pegs. The girl on the back was talking on a phone. But the truly scary part was that the girl actually driving the bike was either dialing a number or sending a text message. Given the amount of attention she was paying to the keypad, I'm willing to bet she was texting.
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Most weekends, news from the world of endurance events differs greatly from "ordinary" news. While nightly news casts are full of doom and gloom, race news is generally about people overcoming major challenges and achieving great success. Unfortunately, this weekend was somewhat different.
Just who is this Iron Pol?
A former out of shape sailor, who became a marathoner, then a triathlete, Ironman, and ultramarathoner. Now, life has pushed me into short track speed skating. More important than the titles is the lifestyle, and sharing it with others.