Life On Two Wheels

Along the river and toward the mountains a morning shadow shimmers across the road. The rays of the first light jet through the trees and across a figure gliding upon the road. His breath trails in short spurts, petrified as it hits the icy air. All is quiet except the slight sound of the athlete as he summons himself for yet another days work. Soon the rest of the world will bustle with life as well and the brief simplicity of cyclist and nature will disappear into the everyday struggle of life in full motion; the errands and intervals, the appointments and intersections, and the deadlines and finish lines OutPaceTheRace

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

The low-down on rivalry

North Bend, WA
Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Taking out the competition is a very skillful and practiced art throughout the world. In all walks of life there is a set goal and a handful of competitors competing for the top spot. Whether its sport or “business,” the true competitive nature is there, in sport it’s a bit more evident though. In business it’s almost imperceptible- the subtle nature of competition among “colleagues” who repetitively attempt to one-up each other. In sport you can actually tell the competition that they suck without having jaws drop in unison and reprimands for bad “etiquette” thrown at you from all directions. It’s interesting that the capitalistic nature of the two are actually identical initially, sport is simply the ultimate culmination of capitalism… Too bad Floyd blew today, but Levi’d be the first to walk up and let the reporters know he’s the best of the American’s, however worthless they may be at the moment. What’s the point of talking when you’re 9th? How’s he gonna gain 7 minutes to the guys that are putting time into him every day? It’s a race for the first American now, like on the u23 national team. That’s too bad though, I’d have liked to see Floyd win.