1. If the handicap system was accurate, wouldn’t a 20-something guy win a proportionate number of times — instead of never?
2. Even though the committee that controls the Dipsea is a little insane and leading into the race, you start to feel like this kind of power-tripping can’t be worth it, once you’re running it is. For just one reason: you get to do all that shit you always wanted to do as a kid but weren’t strong or fast enough to. Wanna run full speed downhill and launch yourself off a rock? Go ahead.
Here’s my favorite picture so far from the race, where I’m trying to leap the ditch onto Highway 1:
When I was running down one of the long downhill stretches on the road with another girl, we passed this little 6- or 7-year-old girl running with her mom. As we passed, the girl started running faster and she clearly wanted to come with us. But her mom stopped her.
“Slow down, slow down. Be careful,” she said. “Remember, we don’t care.”