Monday, September 10, 2007
Our Sunday bike ride crossed the path of the 2007 Ironman Wisconsin bicycle competition
Our Sunday morning bike ride intersected briefly with the route of the 2007 Ironman Wisconsin Triathlon, and we stopped to watch some of the leading racers in the bicycle competition, at the point where -- to a great clanging of cowbells -- they turned into the Wingra Creek Bike Path about a mile from the finish line. By then they had already swum 2.4 miles, bicycled nearly 112, and still faced running a full marathon. I can't imagine subjcting myself to such an ordeal, but admire anyone who can. Congratulations to all who took part.
In the interest of full disclosure, I should note that this is not a news photo. It violates all the rules of photojournalism. It's a fake, or more politely, a composite. I liked the spectators, but that shot didn't have a bike in the right position. My best bike shot didn't have any spectators. The only way to recreate the feeling of the moment was to combine them. But in reality, by the time the rider in back reached the point shown in the photo, the one in front had nearly reached the finish line. But who knows? Maybe the second one was a better runner.