Most Epic Endurance and Fitness Weekend Ever July 31 2015
It’s taken close to a week to recover and digest it all, but I believe we that last weekend we experienced what might be the most epic endurance and fitness sports weekends in the history of all mankind. Let’s flash back on this Friday, shall we...
It doesn’t get much better than Le Tour. The greatest endurance event in the world. This year, perhaps more any any race in the recent past, was filled with heartbreak and drama. It was crushing to watch some major riders forced to abandon, even with the podium in reach. In the end, Froome takes that special yellow-jersey ride down the Champs-Elysees for the second time in three years.
…and Alpe d’Huez on the closing day
Would you like your Tour to be more exciting and magical? Ok. You could climb Alpe d’Huiz twice in one day like they did in 2013. Or you can put Alpe d’Huez as the final challenge before the race hits Paris. It’s only happened twice since they started featuring it regularly in 1976.
...and a Frenchman keeping a winning streak alive on the mountain
Talk about making a host country proud. What could be better than Thibaut Pinot taking the French’s winning streak to three on The Tour’s most famous and mythical stage.
Alas the tour is over, and the majority of the world that would rather see the world perched on two wheels and two pedals are sad. I mourn with you.
The Iron Cowboy
This one is going to warrant a post of it’s own some day very soon, especially since I was fortunate enough to bring my two boys out to participate in the Massachusetts 5k. In what was arguably the most intense feat of personal human endurance, James Lawrence, aka the Iron Cowboy, finished his epic 50 Ironman distance races in 50 days in 50 states. Those of us lucky enough meet and witness his passion and determination knew that his completing this epic challenge was a foregone conclusion. I’m sincerely in awe of this man. The guy is all heart, and legs, and lungs. But mostly heart. Again, more to come on this one.
The Crossfit Games
I probably get more excited about The Games because I’m very fortunate to belong to a CF gym (Crossfit New England) that consistently sends athletes and teams to compete. Getting to watch coaches, athletes, and friends you train with on a daily basis and learn from get after it on the biggest stage makes this event so much more special. I fell in love with CF from the first time it kicked my ass - almost three years ago. For me, it’s become the foundation for enabling me to not only achieve a level of fitness I’ve never had, but a foundation for competing in other sports I love like triathlon, running, cycling, swimming, and trying desperately to keep up with my two young boys.
Probably the coolest part is the Masters competition. Confession, yes, I’m a Master, but nothing like these bad asses. Men and women ages 40 to 70+ challenged themselves and inspired us more mature (at least in years on the planet) folk as to what our bodies are capable of for many many years to come. I have to say, it was also amazing to see Katrin win and Mat finish second again - two athletes that are always training at our gym, not to mention Team CFNE finish in the top 20, and two of our masters finish in the top 10 in their respective age groups.
Ironman Lake Placid
I like to call this one Ironman New England since it’s our closest option for an Ironman race and lots of local friends and athletes make the trek out there. I was especially excited to track one of 1BandID’s first customers and biggest supporters, Capt. Caldwell Clarke. The guy is a machine. PR’s his swim and run. All of this after crushing the World Police and Fire Games a few weeks ago. I can’t wait to be his race sherpa in Kona one day.
The Biggest Loser Marathon
One more. This one might have been under lots of people’s radar screens. But another friend and big 1BandID supporter, Dani (aka @IrishEyes1982) ran the Biggest Loser Marathon. And despite suffering a bite from a dog just two days before, she still managed to knock out 4th female overall and tops in her age group. Big congrats to Dani!
Whew. Writing this was an endurance event in itself. Thankfully we live in a technology-enhanced world. The Tour on TV. The Games on the iPad. The Iron Cowboy on Social Media. Lake Placid athlete updates via text. Oh yeah. Endurance spectating multi-screening at its finest.
Bring on the new weekend. Saturday and Sunday are always welcome here. I’m sure we’ll get along splendidly. However, from an endurance fan perspective, good luck competing with the epic one we just experienced.