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Tuesday, June 27, 2006


Bear Of Little Brain

Bear statue - Coeur d'Alene, Idaho

"I am a bear of very little brain, and long words bother me."
- A.A. Milne

A statue is as close as we'll come to seeing a wild bear around here. There are places further north, such as Priest Lake, where you have a much better chance of running into a bear. Some friends of ours went camping this weekend on Upper Priest Lake, which is very remote. She bought some $30 bear spray "just in case." It must've worked... I haven't heard anything on the news lately about people being eaten.

No, closer to home we just experience the occasional moose or deer. During the summer we see a large influx of a strange species known as Touristus Spendius, loved and cared for by many local businesses. And on one weekend at the end of June, going on three years now, we run into a brief migration of very odd creatures known as Extreme Sports Enthusiasts.

On Sunday the Ironman race brought 2500 triathletes and over 20,000 spectators to our little town, clogging the streets and beaches. These competitors swim 2.4 miles, bike 112 miles, and then run a full marathon of 26.2 miles. The winners finished in something like nine hours. I can't even imagine running a race that lasts one hour, let alone nine.

I don't understand why people drive themselves to extremes for fun. For work, maybe. For survival, of course. But for fun? I'd rather spend nine hours on the beach with my kids. Or nine hours at a kite festival. Or nine hours building Lego cities. Well, maybe nine hours of Lego-building is kind of extreme...


Blogger Hannelie said...

It's mainly because they get so addicted to it Phil and also addicted to training. When I did some of my sport studies and coaching we were told to tell your athletes/swimmers to not train every day but have 1 or 2 rest days, because of the addiction to the serotonin (feel good hormones/chemicals) they can get severely depressed if they do train every day and suddenly stop due to injury or illness.
But I hate the competitiveness of it all, 9h!! now way, to long for me too. But I love challenges and always still want to try it, a small mini one maybe.
Love the bear, was that part of the same exibition with the copper hands?

9:32 PM  
Anonymous brettdl said...

When I ran cross-country, I loved doing 5 1-mile sprints. Each one, I'd get a better high than the last. It's a very powerful effect.

But I never liked running over 12 miles or so. It seemed too hard on the body.

12:46 PM  

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