[Welcome to Positivity Wednesday, when--if some folks still consider it
"hump day"--all of your humping is guaranteed to be positive. And speaking
of humping along at breakneck pace, today's honoree is the brand-new course
record holder of the Rocky Raccoon 100-miler held earlier this month. There
have been no fewer than four ultra-peeps nominating him for today's
"treatment," including Lynnor Matheney (who was there and witnessed it all),
Josh Wiesner (who found the blog), John Nevels, and Steve Tursi. So without
a doubt, today's TMIMITW is Ian Sharman, whose blog is here...
...and whose latest exploit is here...
...and, just for the record, his 12:44:33 at Rocky happens to be one of THE
fastest trail hundreds ever! According to unofficial sources, the current
World's Best for a 100-mile trail race is 12:32, set by a Swede, Jonas Buud,
in 2010 in Sweden. For sure, Ian's RR100 time destroyed Eric Clifton's 1996
previous course record of 13:16:02; and, had anyone known about these Dos
Equis ads in '96, no doubt Eric would've been The Most Interesting Man In
The World then. But today Ian is.]
A British import, he is ultrarunning's equivalent to James Bond.
Accordingly, whenever he shows up to run an American footrace, he is
required to check his Jet-Pack at the gear tent.
At aid stations, he routinely asks that his sports drink be shaken, not
Even without his rocket-assisted speed machine, he has been known to fly
along forest trails at bushtop level completely undetectable by state police
radar. He often saves time running errands in California using this exact
same radar-jamming method.
His most recent 100-mile course-record-setting time meant a 7:38
minute-per-mile average pace throughout--which, in some road races, is fast
enough to win a 10-mile race, let along a hundred miles.
He often disguises himself as Elvis Presley and goes after road marathon
record times for costumed runners. These results are often suspect,
however, because he really and truly IS Elvis Presley.
Once, like James Bond, he diffused a nuclear bomb during the course of
winning a triathlon. That was during the swim. During the bike portion, he
averted World War III; and during the run, he set the record for both
outsmarting AND outrunning all the double-agents of SPECTRE.
Today his services are needed in Libya. And just like a United States
Marine, he has already landed on the shores of Tripoli--where he's currently
leading the "protest" marathon of 50,000 on their way to capturing the
first-place "trophy" of Moammar Gadhafi.
He has been questioned by the CIA simply because our agents have found him
so interesting. The same is true of the AUA, the IAAF, and the IOC.
His are the only athletic shoes in the world to have ever been drug tested,
and sometimes his running shorts as well.
He is THE MOST INTERESTING MAN IN THE WORLD.
"I don't always set course records; but when I do, I prefer Superballs on
the balls of my feet. Stay shod, my friends."
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See (and hear) some originals:
[and thanks to UltraJohn Price--who is now doing a "solo run" across the
entire country--for supplying this in place of that former long and
["your friendly neighborly 800-year-old lute-plucking song-and-dance man
Yankee Folly of the Day:
It isn't very well known, but the name for today's Superbowl was originally
inspired by the then football commissioner's young son's Superball. And
most folks don't remember those either, but it's easy to guess that Ian
Sharman's running shoes MUST be made out of that same material. Ian, of
course, also confesses that after his amazing victory at Huntsville, he did
NOT watch that "other famous contest" in Dallas.