Meaning of Rewards and Risks

Bridal Veil Falls in Telluride. The first climb in the Telluride 100 MTB. Photo: Jeff Kerkove

Bridal Veil Falls in Telluride. The first climb in the Telluride 100 MTB. Photo: Jeff Kerkove

With Gary’s near bursting ego after winning the (CAT 3) State MTB Championships of MA, we didn’t have room to fit a guest in the studio, so we hope you enjoy our conversation today on what rewards and awards mean, whether it’s cool for Kilian to “play” around during races, and the risks we take to enjoy competition, and my 100 mi MTB race this coming weekend in the San Juans.

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One thought on “Meaning of Rewards and Risks

  1. I’d say ultramarathoning is a real sport, but a niche sport. And Hardrock is noteworthy even among other ultras for being hyper niche. It’s a small field, first of all. Some of those spots are taken by people who run basically every year, leaving even less for the lottery entrants. Which, yeah, the lottery. Even getting a ticket requires more than a paypal account, unlike many races. Probably most importantly, when discussing the “sport” aspect, is the (intentional) lack of deference to elite athletes. They don’t get any spots, save one for last year’s winner. So it’s hard to say. Are there a thousand East Africans who could take two hours of the Western States course record? What about Hardrock, which is much less runnable? We just don’t have the perspective to know. And we probably won’t. The money won’t be there. The psychosis needed to convince one’s self to run 100 miles probably will never manifest on a large enough scale. Certainly, most people will never have access to the necessary geography to train for something like Hardrock “right”.

    So, I dunno. I do enjoy these discussions though. Too often these things are polarized. The MUT crowd is quick to declare Kilian the greatest endurance athlete on the planet, while the Let’s Run crowd insists he’s barely more than a hobbyjogger. Probably somewhere in the middle. He’s the best at what he does. It’s just that (statistically speaking) nobody else is doing the same thing.

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