Thursday, August 10, 2006

Black and Tan Lines

When you look at the earliest photos of triathlon... ummm early as in 1976... you see that the britches worn by the men were Speedo briefs. These were the days before speedsuits, trishorts, and padding on the butt. Since the theme of the River Cities triathlon was the 60s I decided to leave my usual trishorts in the hotel room and go old school and don my Speedo briefs (without padding) for the race.

The last time I ran around the park in my underwear Lyndon Johnson was president and Batman was primetime TV. If this race was to celebrate the 60s you can bet your sweet bippy I was ready to show my Love American Style from the start.

All was good until the sun rose and shined on me. A blinding light bounced off of my thighs so bright it changed the migratory flight patterns of birds and jolted the international space station off its orbit. You see, from the knees down I'm tanned from the sun but above that it's a whole different scene.

Yeah, I got my share of curious (or were those disturbed?) looks but I didn't let them phase me.

On the run a young lady at a water station shouted to me, "Woo hoo! Nice pants!" (I love her.) A minute later I ran passed a training buddy and he shouted, "'Boomer, your shorts suck!" (Sigh... Daddy-o, digggggg... don't hate the playah, hate the game.)

'BoomerNation, check out the pics for yourself and tell me what you think. Speedo "Yes" or Speedo "No." But, be advised you may need sunglasses.

The Swim: Click Here
The Bike: Click Here
The Run: Click Here

Stay tuned...

(85 days to my first Ironman)

21 comments:

Shelley said...

Toooo funny...stylish yet comfortable...hmmmmmmm...:-D

Donald said...

Wow...you're kickin' it old school.

It doesn't look bad to me, because I've seen a lot of the pros who still race in Speedos. I don't know how they do it, though - my thighs couldn't take it.

TTUTri said...

Nice.

My wife always tells me I need more sun. She calls in my - Tri-Tan.

Kim said...

laughing hysterically over here. i dont know how you can bike in speedos, but hey, if they work for you, they work for me!

TriBoomer said...

Kim, you grit your teeth and shift assets when needed.

;-)

Bolder said...

classic!

too bad the body marking on your thighs detrated from the two tone.

but, i bet you felt alive!!

next year, no speedo.

that's real OLD school.. like 2000BC!!

Running Rabbit said...

What kind **assets** are you referring to there, bud?

Next year no speedo huh? I'd pay to see that..I'd pay to see that!

:-)

Nicely done.

stronger said...

My opinion with men wearing speedos...If you've got it, flaunt it. But if your flaunt spills out the sides, spare us.

Jessi said...

I have to say, as I was clicking on the links but before I actually viewed the pictures I was thinking This is kinda like when someone says "Whoa, that smells BAD!" And then of course you have to smell it, even though it'll probably be awful...

But then I looked at the pics and they weren't bad - hilarious, of course, but not gross. (Wow, is that a back-handed compliment or what? I think I'm just jealous 'cause there's no way me and my thighs will be racing in a bikini briefs anytime soon!)

jeanne said...

that is hilarious!!! at least you've got your bib strategically placed.

and my, my, you are one fit dude! now, how 'bout three's company?

Cliff said...

Triboomer..now i need a pair of speedos of my own.

Barb said...

Wow! Lookin' Good! :)

You are one brave guy! Good thing it was a sprint!

Fe-lady said...

Hey, if ya got it, flaunt it is what I say. Whatever is comfortable! I race shorter races in a bathing suit alot and have never had any problems on the bike. Who cares what you look like in a race? Unless you are going to buy 8x10s of all your photos and frame them for the living room....
But you SHOULD buy these photos, they are good!

Jessica said...

I say: Speedo, yes. However with one caveat: self-tanner on the thighs: YES.

greyhound said...

I think Jessi just said you're "not gross." Now that's what I look for in a race outfit. "Honey, does this make me look 'not gross?'"

neese said...

i am cracking up!!! you look GREAT though!!!

Vickie said...

Old school that's for sure. Speedo, hmm, I don't know. Reminds me of the early years too.

D said...

Nice job on your tri. With trepidation I clicked on the links to look at your photos.....you're fit enough to pull it off and not many people can do that. Notice the cop laughing in the background.

Flatman said...

qDude. I thought you had white shorts on... :)

Iron Pol said...

I was going to leave a comment, but I can't find my keyboard. I've been flash blinded.

Of course, if I wore a Speedo like that, I'd die of humiliation, and blind an entire county with my fish belly appearance.

the Dread Pirate Rackham said...

Look at you - with your tan lines! You look Baaad, mister! (in the good sense, of course). It just means you spend time outdoors - that's a good thing!

but I agree - white is not your colour...