It’s Susan Demo‘s forty, uh…well let’s not get specific….40+ bd today. Ides of October…easy to remember.
Susan, for those of you who aren’t followers of competition, is the only American that ever won an Olympic medal in mtn biking…
And ( thanks to alert reader/rider Adam Hunt) I found this cool story about her honey Dave Wiens in the NYTimes online...The mini-movie (despite those ‘god among men’ cliche shots) is nice and it’s true…DW is humble. And proud of being ‘ordinary’!
Dave once claimed he was ‘way too normal’ to be a win-at-all-costs champion like the podium dudes we all knew, who:
a) beat up their wife
b) took drugs
c) rode recklessly to gain advantage
Well, that stung a bit since I am (though it’s not my fault) born of that troubled tribe, too.
How often did I allow a pre-race slight, the merest ‘psyche-out’ like “your bike looks dirty” to fester, in order to feed a bit more fury in to pedals!
It is entirely wonderful that “normal” (hey, can we get a definition here?) people can take up sports for sheer joy, and excel for the pleasure of a job, er, an act, well performed (I still have trouble with the idea of sports-as-job, can’t ya tell?).
Susan, you said it best, his humility is genuine, “and he’s a stud”.
Dave , good on you for marryin’ the queen of the humble hard-working golden girls.
I am sure you and yr three boisterous boys will share a righteous fine birthday cake tonight. Hope it’s a nice dense chocolate, butter-not-crisco quarter-sheets calorie bomb.
P.S. I loved the comment about how Wiensy was skipping dessert in the month before Leadville! THAT is SUFFERING!
PS Do you think you could give me some humility lessons? I am getting a little uppity these days…