Race walking has got to be the most bizarre sport I’ve ever watched.
First, just the concept of “race walking” seems strange. A race is supposed to be a contest to see who can travel the fastest. When traveling on foot, this is usually called “running.” So in race walking, are you supposed to go fast, but not too fast? Are there speed limits?
And then there’s the way the competitors look when they’re walking. They keep their backs straight with their arms bent at the elbow, swinging from side to side. It appears that they hardly bend their knees. It’s not really walking or running. It’s more like “waddling.” Actually, they all looked like they needed to go to the bathroom really badly.
During the race I saw, there were several contestants bunched together in a pack. They looked like a bunch of penguins. Penguins that needed to go to the bathroom. I’m sure it was an intense competition, but I couldn’t help but laugh.
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