Now, to the purpose of this post. One comment in particular that caught my attention yesterday came from everyone's good buddy Kovas, who usually has something brilliant to say. He said:
Which of course led to my google search of "Zorbing" as I had never heard of it. I don't know if you are aware of the "sport" of Zorbing but it apparently has been around for a while and is fairly popular in some European countries, Asia, Canada, Australia, well basically everywhere but here in the United Sates, although there are reportedly, three Zorbing facilities, one each in Tennessee, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania. Basically, Zorbing is it exactly what it looks like... human sized hamster balls. Participants are secured in the ball then they roll down a hill until they are ready to puke. When I mentioned to Kovas that my nauseousness in the Zorb might be increased to 11 (as in "this one goes to 11") he calmly responded, "Oh, you don't want to throw up in a Zorb!" I would imagine not.
|from Wikimedia Commons|
If you are a Zorb fan and a fan of the Olympics, you are in luck because Zorbs have been adopted as the symbol for the 2014 Olympic games in Sochi, Russia. According to Dmitry Chernyshenko, president of the 2014 organizing committee, "The transparency of zorbs also reflect the open, accessible and inclusive society that Sochi 2014 Games is helping to build." I also learned (is there any better learning tool than Wikipedia... it's all absolutely factual, no?) that there are currently two Zorbing Guiness World Records: 1. Longest sphereing ride: 1,870.1 feet and 2. Fastest sphereing ride: 32.3 mph. Try to keep your cookies while traveling in circles that fast.
Speaking of strange contraptions, when I was leaving the track this morning, some guy whooshed past me on the street riding an "ElliptiGO"(luckily it had its name painted on the side or I would have had no idea what to google). Maybe I've been living under a rock, but I had never heard of what essentially amounts to the bike for runners. It is one of the coolest (and strangest, although not too strange after researching the Zorb) contraptions I've seen. It's the real deal though, as it has been endorsed by many spectacular people, including none other than Mr. Ultramarathonman himself, Dean Karnazes. Dean of course uses it not only to cross train but to compete in already difficult cycling events like the "Hell's Gate Hundred". When asked why, his response, "I love seeing how far the human body can be pushed and the ElliptiGO gives me another way to push the envelope."
|from the ElliptiGO website|
How about you? Ever tried a Zorb or heard of it? How 'bout the ElliptiGO? Could be fun stuff.