Friday, traditionally, is the day when I write free verse. Which is to say, I ratchet the pretentiousness of my writing up about 3% (because, hey, I’m already pretty pretentious to begin with) and put line breaks in the middle of my sentences.
Yeah, I know you know that’s all my free verse is. I just wanted you to know that I know you know. You know?
And I was kinda half-sorta thinking about writing my next installment of my 2013 Rockwell Relay saga as free verse. But then I came to an important realization: I don’t want to.
So I’ll pick up the story on Monday. And — this time, I triple-swear — I’ll finish the story by the end of next week.
I know, I made a similar promise that I’d finish it by the end of this week. But here’s what happens. I sit down in the early morning and type a list of standout moments I want to be sure to cover in the post for that day. And then I start writing, deleting items from the list as I mention them, and adding new items to the list that occur to me as I write.
But for this story, when I get to what feels like a good stopping point for the day (about the right length, a good lead-in for the next major development in the race) I find I usually have about half of that list still to write about.
So let me revise my promise of finishing next week to: I’ll finish the story when it’s over. But I kinda think that next week sounds about right.
Even with a day off for Independence Day.
Rockwell Relay Race Reports, Elsewhere
Meanwhile, it’s not like I’m the only one who’s been writing about The Rockwell Relay. I’m aware of at least three other good race reports. Check them out:
- Team Crankenstein’s Race Report (a funny, well-written four-parter. I especially liked the bit about the dangers of taking Ambien in the middle of a relay race)
- Team Betsy Was Right Race Report (I’ve linked to this before, but you know. Just in case you missed it)
- Team Keep It Clean Race Report (Eric really lets you into his head in his race report, revealing the amazing highs and lows he experienced in a very honest way)
Oh, and just in case you haven’t had enough, the Rockwell Relay guys did a cool video recap of the race; see if you can find Team Fatty in it (hint: we’re in it a lot):
If that’s not enough for you, there’s a much-longer version you can watch, too.
A Couple Other Interesting Tidbits
You may have heard that there’s gonna be a new TV show starting tomorrow. If I understand correctly, it’s about a bunch of friends on a cycling tour of France and surrounding countries. It sounds OK, if you’re into that kind of thing. During the commercials, you might want to read these interesting things, neither of which are about me, but both of which I am tangentially connected to:
- Luke Allingham’s interview with Levi Leipheimer. Luke is a 15-year-old kid who’s making a name for himself interviewing cycling bigshots. My connection with this story is that I introduced Luke and Levi and helped set up some of the logistics of the interview.
- The Missing Kimmage Defense Fund. Joe Lindsey reports on the intriguing tale of bikes, freedom of press, charity, deceit, naiveté, and fundraising gone horribly wrong. My connection with this story is that I’m mentioned at the bottom of the second page.
Have a good weekend, and feel free to comment in the form of free verse.