Tossing and Tortured 'Till Dawn

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Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Okay, I got back from the Elkhorn "Classic" stage race in Baker City, OR. Great race, though it was pretty brutally hot and at high enough elevation to make us sea-levelers feel like crap. The sweet part is that they had the same course for everyone, even us amateurs, so we got the same 125km and 160km road stages. I'll tell you how it went down in a bit.

Two unrelated observations:

Why is it that, in America, every stage race has to call itself a "classic?" In addition to the Elkhorn, we have the Cascade Classic, the Mt. Hood cycling Classic, the Redlands Classic, and plenty more. What gives?

In European cycling, there is a group of races called Classics that are typically one-day races taking place either before or after tha major stage races of the season. They're characterized by short, steep climbs, bad weather, and they've been around a long, long time. Plus, you don't call it the "Liege-Bastogne-Liege Classic," it simply is classic.

Elkhorn was a great race. But this was it's 5th year. Sorry, guys, you've got to be 'round a bit longer than that to be classic.

Also : With summer in full swing, the number of adverts for swimwear and other reduced-coverage clothing has increased greatly.

Frequently among them we see: "Swimwear that looks good on every body shape!"

What a ridiculous euphemism. "Flatters every figure," means, what, "doesn't make your fat belly look quite as fat?" If you've been doing your situps and eating your wheaties, you don't need the super-compressing ultra-tough lycra to squeeze yourself into what appears to be a presentable form.

If I offended you, perhaps you're one of the 65% of Americans who are overweight, or the roughly 1 in 3 who are obese. Perhaps you think that it's "natural" or "healthy" to have 45% body fat.

I don't even know what to say to you.

4 Comments:

  • At 11:05 AM , Blogger Al Maviva said...

    How about, "It's been nice riding behind you, Al. Think you could ride leadout for me one last time before you upgrade to the next Cat?"

    That's what some people say to one overweight person I know anyhow.

     
  • At 11:06 AM , Blogger Al Maviva said...

    Oh, and it's probably around 21%. Still pretty overweight. Not as bad as it was. But still.

     
  • At 2:40 PM , Blogger Argentius said...

    Hah, yeah, maybe. :)

    Look, you ride and race bikes. Fit, but with a little extra weight, ain't such a bad thing.

    I think I got all rant-inspired when two ladies I met last weekend, who had to be about 250 lbs each, were feeding their kiddos the same kind of "you're beautiful however you are, you don't need to change a thing" deal.

    Now, I'm all for maintaining self-esteem, but, 12-year-old boys should NOT have a beer belly already, you know?

     
  • At 6:43 AM , Blogger Al Maviva said...

    Agreed. "You're just fine. Don't worry. By the time you're 20, they'll have developed a cure for diabetes." I had to face the facts last year that I was obese and on my way to really bad medical problems if I didn't get after it. Only honesty about myself got me to think that way. Bbuilding false self esteem and inculcating a self-image based in dishonesty are precisely the wrong things for a parent to do to a kid. They don't have to mock the kid out, but a bit of honesty, the harsh light of truth, would probably help here, more than, "oh, don't feel bad about not being able to play baseball... here,have a cheeseburger."

     

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