Triathlon

Of course they do

No surprises in this story about maori with their hand out?in another case of brown-mail:

The iwi that owns Lake Taupo is looking to charge Ironman New Zealand competitors about $56,000 for use of the lake during the swim leg of the endurance triathlon.

The proposed levy by Ngati Tuwharetoa would be about $40 a head for competitors, who have already paid at least $785 each to enter this year’s event, in which about 1450 people will take part next month.? Read more »

You think you’ve got it tough

Watch to the end…nice twist:

Dani Molina tells the story of his venture into triathlon and an attempt at the World Championships nine months later. The drive and determination that gets him through the trials of life delivered him to the second tier of the final podium. He’s an inspiration to us all.

There is a nice bit about New Zealand too.

Video after the break:? Read more »

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World Class at Being Boring

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I want to see a freak show Olympics where atheletes use every drug known and untested to max out their performance…the current Olympics with their insistence that the atheletes are all drug free 9which they aren’t ) is simply boring…let’s see just how fast someone can run the 100m. But basically the olympics and most of their sport are simply boring. Basically they are non-commercial sports…for purists:

The London Olympics are a festival of athletics for athletics? sake, a carefully choreographed celebration of branding, and an international pissing contest among global powers. They are all about pageantry and?control?for the duration of the games, London has essentially?transformed itself into a totalitarian state. Anthems will be played, what would normally be an unseemly amount of nationalistic chest-beating will be allowed, and at the end of it, the countries with the most money to blow on training programs will emerge at the top of the medal leaderboard. You can be upset by any or all of this, or proud, but by the end you?ll almost certainly be tired by the whole fucking thing. That?s because the Olympics are amazingly boring.

We don?t normally watch gymnastics and weightlifting and swimming and diving and dressage and the triathlon, because these things aren?t any fun to watch. At the highest level, they?re incredibly impressive athletic feats that tax the human body to its utmost limits, but so what? When I?m sitting on my couch, my awe at an olympian?s physical prowess wears off after a minute; after that, I have no idea which 14-year-old gymnast is doing what better, or how, unless one of them falls, and from the couch, the triathlon is nothing but a couple hundred people doing something horrible I?m glad I?m not doing. The TV angles on swimming reduces racers to splashes which look like they?re all basically even with each other. Running events are either thrilling and over in ten seconds, or insufferable chores that go on and on and are about as exciting as watching grass grow (sex joke goes here, amiright ladies?). Archery sounds cool until you see it. Ditto for fencing. Rowing doesn?t even sound cool. Dressage is just?watching horses walk around. Volleyball and ping pong are surprisingly entertaining, in a stoned-at-2-PM-what?s-on-TV kind of way, but watching an entire game (or set, or whatever) gets dull about the time the weed wears off.

 

Whatever it takes

This is a video Michael Poole showing what a weeks training for a professional?triathlete?looks like:

Triathlete Michael Poole, 20, doing a week’s training in Auckland at the end of 2011 before heading off to begin training and racing in the USA. Just started studying at University of South Florida in Tampa. Filmed, directed and edited by Chase Madsen. Anyone interested in supporting Michael in the USA can contact him through his website?michaelpoole.co.nz

If anyone is looking for a moving billboard through the USA during the professional triathlon season then click the link above and get in contact.

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