[RC] HELP Convention Topic - Rides 2 Far
I need the help of ALL ridecampers. That means YOU TOO lurkers! AERC
asked me if I would be a speaker at the convention. I told them if they
needed me, sure. Now they want to know what my topic will be.
Hmmm, I don't have the most mileage, I don't have the most wins, I don't
know the most about nutritian, I don't know the most about
strategy...hmm...it's a hometown crowd, they know me, I won't be a
novelty to a large part of the crowd. >panic<
So rather than talk about *me* and what *I* think, I believe I'll talk
about *YOU* and what you think, do, etc. I've decided to do an in depth
"State of the endurance rider" address. I'm going to see just how many
questions I can ask and put the numbers down for. It may get to the
point of asking, "How many of you take broccoli casserole to covered dish
dinners", I think I'll just ask a zillion questions and look for
patterns. While I'm at it, I'll ask if you're a front runner, or rear
ender. Maybe we can find out if rear enders bring broccoli casseroles and
front runners just show up with a 2 liter Coke & a bag of ice. I'm still
in the planning stage.
I'm serious. I want to find out what the difference is between the upper
echelon and myself. I'm on a quest and if it takes standing up in front
of a crowd to figure this sport out I'm willing to do it. I figure
there'll be plenty of "big dogs" at this convention. Maybe if I get
enough participation from the masses, I can get some of the biggest dogs
to comment and we can compare "us" with "them". I think an "open mike"
could get fun. Oprah here I come. >g<
I was really hoping to also throw in a video teaching how to sponge on
the fly but that may depend on whether I get released by the surgeon to
mount a horse by then. Sponging out of the back of a truck just wouldn't
be the same. By the way, I'd been on some pretty strong pain pills around
the clock for 18 days when I came up with this idea, but I put away the
pills yesterday and after 30 hrs or so of being clean I still liked this
idea better than anything else I'd come up with. I hope every one of
you...from the zillion milers to the "hope to do a 25 soon" people will
find time to answer.
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