Putting the irony back in ironing?
Blog Guy, you know a lot about sports. Can you tell me about this Ironman Triathlon thing?
You came to the right place, since I’m an Ironman competitor, myself. Here is a photo from our recent race. As the triathlon name suggests, there are three distinct parts.
First, the bike portion. Like most bicycle activities, it is designed to tie up automobile traffic for miles and miles, thus infuriating drivers and pushing them right over the edge.
Secondly – and here’s where the Ironman name comes from – you have to iron a full set of linen napkins.
Gosh, that surprises me. I pictured a more, you know, manly activity.
Then I guess you’ve never tried to iron outside on a hot day while wearing a dress, with bikers calling you rude names. Try it sometime.
So what’s the third part of this so-called Ironman Triathlon?
It’s cross-highway skiing. Note the guy on skis just behind the dude who is ironing. He’s about to shuffle across the road.
What’s so difficult about that?
He does it right in front of the already pissed-off car drivers. It’s normally the shortest leg of the triathlon.
A group of riders cycles past a man ironing clothes during the eighth stage of the Tour de France cycling race between Station des Rousses and Morzine-Avoriaz July 11, 2010. REUTERS/Jacky Naegelen