Thursday, January 2, 2014

Work It On Out!

Chris, my brother-in-law, just finished his first triathlon . . .

. . .  and I did NOT.  Mind blowing that we belong to the same homo sapiens group.

There are a few amazing stories of dads who run triathlons where they carry, load, unload, push and pull their severely handicapped kids and their kids love it.

Chris said there were some new organization where an athlete could volunteer to take a handicapped person with them in the race. How amazing is that?
I suggested he might want to lug my sister Wendy around first.  (The shopping cart would be fantastic! Room for Wendy and some snacks.)  Just a practice thing and if he accidently broke her he could iron out the kinks before he volunteered to take a special needs person.

Post-race, because that is so kick ass, he has decided to get a tattoo. If I completed the Ironman, I would get that tattooed to my forehead. But what is the next step? Join a roving bicycle gang and terrorize supplement stores?

I would like to propose Extreme Triathlon where other sports and activities make a little cameo appearance.

Swim then do some cross country skiing with shooting a rifle at targets. (A nod to the smaller “Athlon”.)

Then bike and maybe the last few miles have a pie eating contest. Granted you would have to have a whole bunch of volunteers passing out a whole bunch of pies but think of the publicity for Village Inn or Denny’s.   

Shake things up during the run. Release a few bears or lions or an angry swarm of bees.  That will keep everyone motivated.

The last step? I’m thinking Karaoke just before the finish line.

Now who in their right mind wouldn’t want to watch that!?!

A few fantastic Quotes:
“I go running when I have to.  When the ice cream truck is doing sixty.” Wendy Leibman
“I used to jog but the ice cubes kept falling out of my glass.” David Lee Roth

“We can’t all be heroes because someone has to sit on the curb and clap as they go by.”  Will Rogers

“If God invented marathons to keep people from doing anything more stupid, the triathlon must have taken Him completely by surprise.” P.Z. Pearce

Finally, signs displayed by bystanders:
“Worst Parade Ever"

"Run like someone just called you a jogger."

"You could have chosen chess"

“Go Random Stranger!”

"Blisters are Braille for awesome"

"The end is near." (Sign held by man dressed as the Grim Reaper at mile 21.)

“I’m 99% sure no one would run marathons if they weren’t allowed to talk about running marathons.” – Mike Vanatta

#Run #Race

1 comment :

Anonymous said...

One of my favorite signs at a race was the husband holding a sign that says, "my hot wife is running, and all I do is drink beer."