An admitted shoe geek waxes philosophical about running, triathlon, and life in general.
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Monday, May 6, 2013

I've got a fever, and the only prescription is...


(I wonder if the SNL guys had ANY clue how that skit would take on a life of its own.) I'd love to post up the video of that skit, but NBC is all over the copyright infringement, so I'll leave it up to you to search it out if you don't know what I'm talking about.

There was a post back in August of last year on the forum by a user of the moniker GreyhoundGuy titled A Cowbell Revolution. In that post, he talked of how he now carries a cowbell in his car, and when he is approaching a cyclist or runner on the road, he rolls down the window and rings the cowbell for encouragement.


An update thread started just a month ago has shown the response to be fairly universally positive. Others have started to do the same thing.

Any one who watches European bike racing, especially that maniacal combination of steeplechase and cycling called cyclocross (psycho-cross, in many circles -- the muddier the better) has heard the cowbells tolling at the toughest parts of the race course. It's started to catch on in the US of A in cyclocross as well, and in some of the larger road races. Saves the lungs and vocal chords, and makes for some loud encouragement. And smiles.

Who wouldn't rather hear a cowbell on a ride or run, rather than a honking horn where you're trying to figure out if it's encouragement or another couch rider wanting you to get out of their $#&*%Q*%$ way? 

So I'm going to get a cowbell and put it in my car. It'd be worth it just to lift the spirits of ONE person.

How about you?

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