Floating: This would be a unique sport that is both judged and timed. Obviously, points would be awarded for certain style elements and degree of difficulty, but also for completing the run down the river in a target time, such as when the beer garden opens or the shuttle bus leaves. Bend would be a breeding ground for world champions and Olympic medalists in this sport. In fact, Bend could become home to the U.S. Floating Federation and Training Center. Beck and his band floated before their concert last Sunday and he said "Floating is just what you should do in the summer in Bend," as he dedicated a song to those on the river. Just think of the dollars that would flood into the Central Oregon economy as aspiring Floaters move here to train.
DITCH THE REMOTE
Now you can turn off the remote and start training for London 2012. Actually, a small group of us at a party (admittedly after some wine) recently agreed to form a masters women's curling team and committed to embark on a strict training regimen for Vancouver 2010. At the very least, get back out on your bike, don your trail running shoes or pitch your tent somewhere. This is the nicest time of year here, especially after Labor Day when the tourists and mosquitoes go away.
When that happens, cyclocross season has arrived. The WebCyclery Thrilla Cross Series launches on September 4 and continues on Thursday evenings at 6pm on September 11, 18 and October 2. Cyclocross is a killer workout and spectator friendly, so come on out, and the worse the weather, the better. For more information, visit www.webcyclery.com.
Sunrise to Summit and the Bend to Bachelor Duathlon are slated for August 30. Run up 2,600 feet from Sunrise Lodge to the top of Mt Bachelor or double your fun and precede the run with a 2,770-foot climb on your bike. To register, visit www.mbsef.org. Personally, I think the MBSEF may as well go all out and create a REVERSE PPP. First, they hand out the mugs and you drink beer. Then you sprint, paddle, run, bike up to Bachelor, x-c ski and then skin up to the Red Chair. The race finishes with a 100-yard glissade down the hill. Any takers?