Tom McGinnis sloetoe at yahoo.com
Wed Aug 3 18:06:30 CDT 2011

In the spirit of those Dos Equiis  commercials of The Most Interesting Man In The World, "Troub" of ultramarathoning circles has constructed (for over a year now) his own, "ultra" version. Thus,.....

(Keep your eye out for prior record holder Anthony Thompson's (AT's) name, and AT-, LT-, PCT-, JMT-, and ultra-running's own, David Horton's name, as well...)

--- On Wed, 8/3/11, The Troubadour <TheTroubadour at sbcglobal.net> wrote:

> From: The Troubadour <TheTroubadour at sbcglobal.net>
> Cc: volstate at irun100s.com, "Barkley List" <barkley at irun100s.com>, hr100 at yahoogroups.com
> Date: Wednesday, August 3, 2011, 5:14 PM
> [And yet another Happy Positivity Wednesday to allah y'all!  So today, as
> well as for the past several Mid-Week Celebrations, we have another
> no-brainer for a subject to lay our laurels on.  She is Jennifer Pharr
> Davis, and she just recently (July 31st) completed a fastpack thru-hike of the entire Appalachian Trail (all 2,181 miles of it) in Fastest Known (some call it World Record) Time.  Her total ET, from Mount Katahdin, Maine, to Springer Mountain, Georgia, was 46 days, 11 hours, and 20
> minutes.  This beats all previous male records for speed-hiking the AT
> (notably AT's himself: Andrew Thompson's record of 47:13:31) as well as
> all female records--including her own some years ago and some 11 days
> slower!  So this is, like, not too shabby, eh?  She's also the
> co-author, we think, of what she calls "Becoming Odyssa" and it's all here for your viewing pleasure online free of charge at...
> http://jenniferpharrdavis.tumblr.com/.
> ...and her new record itself is chronicled here, also online and free of
> charge...
> http://www.blueridgenow.com/article/20110731/NEWS/110739980/1016/opinio.
> ...and, yes, she truly does deserve to be today's TMIWITW.]
> Another woman might be troubled by NOT wearing any
> deodorant for 46 days in a row, but she is unique.  She wears this well, too, even if she isn't wearing it at all.
> Never has a slighter waif so slenderly covered ground so
> gnarly over a distance so lengthy in an achievement so heavy as to make
> all eyes teary when comprehending it fully.
> She did the impossible.  She whupped AT's ass. 
> Hence, now both even the AT and AT himself...are stunned.
> She's been known to spend every day of vacation in constant
> motion.  And when those vacation days grow shorter, she speeds up.
> She can live for a thousand days, at least, on chokecherries, wild Georgia peaches, and the occasional half-pecan.  For water,
> she waits for rain and tilts her head back.
> If tungsten steel weren't already invented, she could sell
> the blueprints to her leg muscles to eager metallurgists, who could then
> manufacture it.
> When she completed her World Record transverse end-to-end
> of the entire Appalachian Trail, she celebrated by listening to Mumford
> & Sons and by drinking champagne out of a plastic cup.  So far, the
> entire rest of the world hasn't heard of either one of those things.
> Lately she has set her sights on beating David Horton's
> fastpack speed-hike to Mars.
> Another thing she is currently doing is weighing the
> arguments, both pro and con, for her becoming the first woman ever to finish The Barkley Marathons.
> And the third and final thing she's now involving herself
> in?  Taking two naps per day.
> "I don't always manage a hike of 46 miles per day; but,
> when I don't, I prefer managing 50 to 60.  Stay moving, my friends."
> ( 00 )
>    V
> See (and hear) some originals:
> http://dosequis.com/
> Also here:
> http://tinyurl.com/DosEquisAd
> [and thanks to UltraJohn Price--himself a whole-country
> thru-hiker--for supplying this instead of that former long and
> always-broken hyperlink].
> My mark:
> XX
> Rich Limacher
> TheTroubadour at sbcglobal.net
> ("that 800-year-old awestruck minstrel and buzz tweeting
> lute plucker from France who couldn't possibly comprehend drinking fine
> champagne from a lousy plastic cup")
> Yankee Folly of the Day:
> So, the United States of America just "permitted" itself to
> plunge ever further and even-more-potentially-catastrophically deeper
> into debt.  And this solves the "deficit crisis" how?  If only we
> could get all Congress to follow the strict life's regimen of one Jen Pharr Davis, the budget and everyone involved with it would become lean and trim and fit and fast and, after just 46 days, there'd be a surplus.

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