cure triathlon monotony

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    Aug 20, 2007 5:29 PM GMT
    By some bizarre twist of social evolution, someone is now distributing a free magazine for competitive athletes, through a drop box at the market in my tiny little town.
    One of the adds is for a new series of "urban adventure races." They spice up the "boring old swim-bike-run routine" with skating, skyscraper-stair-climbing, wall climbing, and such activities as urbanites with too much time and energy might get into.

    I was thinking about ways to make this actually relevant to our town. (It's Monday and it's raining.) Here's a draft of my modest proposal for a new rural adventure race.

    1) BIKE 10 miles up mountain roads to the farm.
    2) DIG 100 feet of trench for a new irrigation line.
    3) Break the old irrigation line and RUN a) to the pump house to shut off the water b) to the barn to get tools and fittings, and c) back to the trench. BAIL out the resulting flood and fix the break. RUN back to put the tools away and turn on the pump again.
    4) JUMP as far as you can in one leap, in your irrigation boots, after disturbing the big rattlesnake that lives under the pump house.
    4) Pick up and TOTE 5 tons of hay bales from the field and STACK them at the barn.
    5) SPRINT back to town, to the employment office, and apply for a nice desk job.

    Well... I'm still working on it. What are some other good alternative race events?
  • swimbikerun

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    Aug 20, 2007 9:50 PM GMT
    The pentathlon!
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    Aug 21, 2007 12:20 PM GMT
    I second that proposal...