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Wednesday, August 09, 2006

The Athlete of 1890: a study

The Athlete of 1890: a study

I have been exploring the world of late 19th century athletes, focusing on swimmers, cyclists and runners.

I want to imagine what it would be like to time-travel from 1890 to today and compete in a modern Ironman using the equipment and methods of a sportsman of the Victorian Era.

In order to achieve this goal, I have been studying up on the habits and achievements of our athletic forefathers.

I picked 1890 primarily because it represents the last year of the Highwheel bicycle otherwise known as the Ordinary bicycle as opposed to the now extremely familiar Safety bicycle.

BFT

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Blogger Barefoot Ted said...

I am actively looking for a sponsor to sponsor and film an attempt to do an official-length Ironman as if it were 1890.

Swim 2.4mi Bike 112mi Run 26.2mi

I would do these activities using only materials and methods available to the athlete of 1890.

Ideally, I would like to have the Official Ironman Organization (World Triathlon Corporation) to support the idea. www.ironman.com

Why? I think that it would bring in a whole new viewing audience. People would be interested to see how an athlete from the past would deal with the challenge of an Ironman.

2008 should be the year. Idaho should be the place. Idaho became a state in 1890.

BFT

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