Tuesday, August 24, 2004

Captain Bob

Respect today has to go to Bob Brown for being the first deranged man to win the California to New York ultra marathon.

Good Old Captain Bob

He's probably not deranged but its the only conclusion I can arrive at to explain why this man ran 50 miles a day from one side of America to the other. The equivalent of 2 marathons a day. Not just for a couple of days, oh no because that would be so easy wouldnt it? He ran 50 miles a day for 2 and a half months. Yes, 2 and half months - a total of 3,100 miles.

You can take your Olympians and your failed athletes, I'll stick with old Captain Bob if its all the same. He says he's 35 years old, but he looks a lot older than that. Who says exercise is good for you?

Reading a bit more about this living legend I find that apparently he got into endurance racing after running a marathon and finding it too easy. Too easy? Not content with laughing in our faces at our weaknesses he has also cycled from Lands End to John O'Groats in record time and won the World Decatriathlon Championships which is just a 24 mile swim, a 1,120 cycle ride and a 262 mile run.

He's definitely a chap I can identify with having spent most of the weekend lying on the settee watching TV thinking about the food in the fridge.