As for unusual people, I think the last "unusual" person was Giorgio Alessi, the cyclist from Italy that I met last week (see previous post). He does Ultraman triathlon athletic events that require all contestants to have successfully completed an Ironman event. Incredible...a 6.2 mile open ocean swim, 261.4 mile cross country bicycle ride, 52.4 mile ultra-marathon run. He also does "double decker" ultraman triathlons and is planning a "triple decker" ultraman triathlon. These are versions where the distances are doubled and tripled, as you can guess.
Now, today, two more unusual events. One, my Shimano Ultegra chain broke. Two, as I'm sitting here typing for this post, a goat went walking by the house. A domestic goat, yes, but a goat... something I've not seen before in the neighborhood. In fact, I've never seen one in any neighborhood I've ever lived in. Period.
The chain...it was two years old but I didn't think it was too worn. I was headed up 6th Street hill near our house and I was almost to the top when the chain broke. Fortunately, I was not standing up on the pedals, but was seated and I was able to unclip and prevent myself from falling over. Took the Vitus to Gila Hike & Bike, showed Bill and Martyn, the wrenches. Bill, after seeing how the chain broke, put his two index fingers together to make a cross and held it out towards me and called me "Sir". Said it took a lot of torque to break the chain in the way it broke. I bowed and told him he was too kind. Then smiled. Then frowned. Damn, I'll probably need a new chain. Bill checked out the chain and it was close enough to being worn to the point of replacing it. Well, got the new chain. Will do a ride with Eileen in the a.m. then off to a follow-up meeting re: the Silver City Clay Festival.
A photo of the broken chain...a little blurry but you can see how the link broke.
|A might blurred, but where/how it broke is visible.|
A photo of a similar looking goat:
Ok, on the goat note, time to go for a tune..."Stand By Me" by John Lennon. Never heard him do this one before. It's dedicated to my new Shimano Ultegra 10spd chain.