Christmas started with a great gift exchange that featured JC giving Brookes an empty box and then giving Brookes and / or myself a pullover that he initially bought for himself but didn’t fit him. The reason it didn’t fit him is because it was a woman’s large and he had no idea.
After that Tom and I took on Steve and Ian in basketball. The Stortz’s shot the lights out in game 1, blowout. The McGrath’s shut us down in game 2, blowout. Game 3 was our’s to lose and we freakin’ lost it in OT. A crushing defeat, kudos McGrath’s.
The real holiday starts today though. Gourlay, Alex, and I are going to AC for the night and plan on taking that city for all it’s worth. I’ll write a recap when we get back I’m sure. I’m setting the over / under of absolute value change in my net worth at $10,000.
My team lead for 10 weeks straight but finished in 3rdoverall after the 11th week.
Dave (Queef) has been anticipating this post for days. Actually, I bet he’s been waiting for it every day since I made that initial post.
His team won.
Of 81 participants, I had the 3rd most steps. Dave was 1st. He is the sole reason his team won.
For the final two weeks, Dave took almost 450,000 steps. For those who like numbers, that’s about 32,000 steps a day.
Walking for an hour typically yields about 7,500 steps. Which means for the last two weeks, Dave walked a little over four hours a day. There was one day where he walked 70,000 steps. That’s over 9 hours of walking. Suz was PISSED.
I made the bold statement of “my team will win this challenge” and I was out-willed by Dave. I don’t know if readers will impressed or concerned, but regardless, hats off Dave.
I’m of the opinion that people don’t give enough credit to homo sapiens when it comes down to un-aided combat against animals. I’m sparing air and sea animals as well as insects because it simplifies things.
The scenario is – a naked ~180 pound, ~6 foot man is in a 50 foot x 50 foot room with the animal and they fight until one dies. All animals are to be “average” size unless otherwise specified.
I’m going to Richmond for the weekend to visit Gourlay. I haven’t posted cause I’m busy at work and I can’t blog on the treadmill for this stupid steps challenge.
I don’t know what we’re going to do in Richmond. Gourlay suggested bowling which is ironic cause he constantly makes fun of me about bowling. Maybe we can plant and grow and sell some succulents, WHATDDYA SAY GOURLAY?!?
Dale is also coming down for his birthday. Huge mistake. Going to be a horrible birthday.
Anyway. I’m writing this on my phone in the waiting room for LASIK. Probably won’t post at all unless Gourlay embarrasses himself horribly.
The half marathon world record holder (58:23), but he’s over-the-hill and has failed in every marathon he’s tried. I assume he’s there to pace or something?
These athletes will no doubt have the highest paid / qualified sports doctors along with coaches working with them to optimize their training and attempt.
Nike has acknowledged that this will not be a record eligible marathon. This likely means that it will be:
A downhill and/or point-to-point course
There could be pacers taking turns every few miles OR pace “cars”
Athletes may have access to fluids more often than the set every 5k
Other things I haven’t read about yet
The current marathon world record is 2:02:57 by Dennis Kimetto in Berlin, 2014.
This is good and bad, though probably more bad.
This no-doubt brings a big public spotlight to professional running which struggles to appeal to the masses.
I don’t like Nike, but they’re the big dog in running, and they’re putting effort into publicizing running. That’s good.
If they succeed, regardless of how (despite jumping off a cliff), this will be history.
Where to start…
In my opinion, we’re very far away from the two hour marathon.
Even with the aid listed above, I think the chances of this being successful are between 0-1% unless something dramatic changes. Even when marathons go out really slow, the second half is never run in sub 60:00. I have no reason to believe someone is capable of two sub 60:00s.
You’re omitting arguably the greatest runner of all time –Kenenisa Bekele. Bekele is fresh off of a 2:03:13 in Berlin out-running Wilson Kipsang (another guy worth considering). He’s proven he’s one of the best marathoners, and if anyone is capable of beating Kipchoge, Bekele is first on that list.
This prevents the Kipchoge-Bekele duel in London.
Many anticipated these two toeing the line in London this year and settling the debate of who’s better. This is no longer in the cards if Kipchoge focuses on this.
If it’s done, it will make “normal” marathons look slow to the common fan. If the public sees a sub 2:00 marathon, it will diminish great performances slower than it to people who don’t follow running. A 2:05 in New York (G. Mutai), for example, does not inspire amazement despite being amazing an performance when sub 2:00 is the anchor that the public now has.
Fortunately, I don’t think it will happen.
It will bring attention to the sport which is absolutely good, and I like out-of-the-box ideas like this. But this seems a bit gimmicky to me.
Regardless, I’ll be interested to see what Nike comes up with, and as a running fan, I will follow its development closely.
As I said, I don’t see this being successful (… assuming Nike isn’t just pumping them with new PEDs), but I give credit to Nike and the athletes for trying
My eyes suck. My right eye is -8.0 and my left is -7.0. The doctor said my vision was 20/800 – 20/1000. I can’t function without corrective lenses. What’s worse is that my contacts are inconsistent and my glasses have no Douglas.
After wearing glasses / contacts for the last 20 years, I’m strongly considering Lasik. As I was making my 90 second drive home, I heard an ad on the radio so I called the number and have an appointment scheduled this Friday to get more details.
The price I got over the phone was $500 – $4000 (how can it possibly be that big of a range). I think it’s a good investment. I despise my bad eyes and if I have the chance to permanently fix them, I think I should take it.
Imagine me with 20/20 vision – I’ll be bowling 300 games every week!
Playoffs started in our 12 man Yahoo league. My team was very good this year:
Odell Beckham Jr.
Outside of Prater, everyone on my roster was drafted.
This team was great. So great that it scored the most points in the entire league. I averaged 117 points a week while the league average was 105 points.
Yet I finished 7th out of 12 and missed the playoffs.
To make matters worse – Tom had the second most points, averaging one less point a week than me. And you know what? He didn’t make the playoffs either. The Stortz’s had, unbiasedly, the two best teams in the league.
So who the FUCK made the playoffs?The people with an easy schedule.
Tom and I had the most points in the league, but we also had the most points AGAINST US in the league (Tom #1 and me #2, separated 6 points total).
The average when playing me or Tom was 113.5 points.
The average for the 6 players who made the playoffs? 100 points.
The final stat I’ll give – Record if you played every team each week:
Total League Record
If you can’t tell, I’m PISSED.
This was less about how good your team was, and more about how bad the team you play each week could do.