Getting very close now to Ultrabalaton, a 212km fun run around Lake Balaton in southern Hungary. We're running it as a four person relay team, with me likely taking an 80-85km night shift. Training has been going well, with weekends dedicated almost exclusively to relentless forward motion...sometimes long slow runs and sometimes long fast walks. Last weekend Deanna and I did about nine hours in our trusty sneakers, and look to hit ten hours on the paths this weekend. A few more weeks like that, then the taper as we take our long-anticipated ten day tour of Turkey with some friends from work, before arriving in Budapest on June 16th.
[Kneeling, left to right: Audrey from Korea, Yura from Japan, Malak from Oman, Amina from Pakistan, Deemah from Saudi Arabia, Salma from Saudi Arabia, Jana from Saudi Arabia, and Tami from Saudi Arabia. Standing, left to right: Melissa from Malaysia, Joshua from the USA, Atheer from Saudi Arabia, Ameer from Iraq, Faisal from Saudi Arabia, Shehab from Saudi Arabia, Layan from Saudi Arabia, and Arnold from Korea. Captain of this ship of fools: Mr StoneFace from StoneFaceLand]
As mentioned before, I have no compunction about borrowing freely from the blogs and websites of others. It seems almost an inherent right in a [cyber]world where I can
I have been reading Jordan Rapp's blog since he started dominating the world of triathlon. I don't do triathlons, but that doesn't matter. I've never met the man and am unlikely ever to, but no matter. I can definitely appreciate his insight and his dedication to his pursuit of excellence. And he's funny, posting sporadically a series he calls Real Men of BAMFness.
A week ago, while out on a training ride, Rapp was a victim of a hit and run, left unconscious and bleeding heavily on the side of the road. As recounted here, a few bystanders called 911, but U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer Thomas Sanchez jumped into action. Working with some gauze from a combat vest in his car, Sanchez staunched the flow of blood from two severed jugular veins in Rapp's neck until paramedics arrived.
Because Rapp didn't die on the road...
because you humbly give credit to the paramedics who arrived after you did and the doctors at the hospital for saving Rapp's life...
because you keep a combat vest in your car...
CPO Thomas Sanchez, you, sir, are a serious BAMF.