Saturday, March 22, 2008
David Goggins : Ultrarunner - Revisited & Respected
Last week I lampooned the guy in the video above, David Goggins who earned 5th place in the '06 Badwater 135 mile ultra race, and gave him some pretty hard shots.....(you all have to know this was on par with talking junk on the basketball court if you will) - he got it.....we're cool - and he's a great sport. I appreciate him checking-in & and contributing his voice to Harlem 26.2 - he did not have to do that. It's of great value to me to share with my readers that men like him are out there - countering the prevailing notion that Black Americans don't do distance. Very few people are familiar with the world of ultrarunning and I am proud to know a Black man is out there doing it on a level another Black man, Ted Corbitt (founder of the sport) would admire. I challenged David because I hold him to higher standard in this running game we all do. He's good - but could be great (on the Ultra circuit) - and he strikes me as a person who answers and rises to a fairground challenge. However distance running is not fair- no one cares about your BMI - David Goggins is not a little guy. Keep in mind when a guy like David runs an ultra like Badwater - in the desert sun - the toll he takes - due to his body mass alone- absorbing heat / carrying mass - 6'1" 195 .lb and muscle. It's much harder for this guy than the rest of the field - to handle the elevation gains, etc. - however this guy doesn't complain - he's a "no excuse" guy - he just deals with it and presses on - forward. Enjoy the video - and get a feel for the man he is. If he had a fan site or a place where you can keep up with him - I would post it - if you know of one - please post it. Is this guy really so humble that unlike Jurek and Ferg Hawke and Karno and Pam Reed....he does not have his own fan website? Can that really be?.....no myspace or facebook or anything? How do you keep up with him then? Check out this podcast interview David did last Summer too - very impressive man and I am happy I can expose him to a new audience. Have a great day.
at 11:53 AM Posted by Smith