Good Morning. Still puzzling over the bizarre Barkley Marathons finale? In this edition, Laz Lake offers us yet another excruciating riddle. Finishers are not guaranteed. And, if you’re curious why the Weekly News recently started arriving in your inbox, here are a few thoughts on what we’re hoping to achieve.
The oddity is certainly part of the draw. The race, like its creator Laz Lake, challenges us to reconsider everything we thought we understood.
In this article, Jared Beasely tries to coax Laz into opening up and offering insight into who he really is and what he believes in. Instead, Jared is given a mind-bending math problem as a means of discovery:
ABCDE x A = EEEEEE
Think you can crack Laz’s problem? It might be easier than finishing the Barkley.
?No Pressure: You’ve heard it from someone, “I can’t run, I hate running!” But jogging? That somehow feels easier, more inclusive. Ditching perceived pressure and invoking the irreverent, retro culture of jogging helped these 100 bartenders get fit during the pandemic.
Hearing bird songs increases brain alpha waves making one feel more calm and alert
Spending 90 minutes moving in nature decreases personal preoccupation and encourages connectedness
?️Pole Tips: Know when to hold ‘em, know when to fold ‘em. More than just a classic poker song, learning when to apply the axiom is a key lesson delivered in this video that dials in pole technique. Other tips include shortening pole height on steeper grades, how to place the palm for better balance, and avoiding a stride that decreases efficiency
?Gone Fishin’: Run a trail marathon, catch four fish, drink craft beer, bring home dinner, and a fishy belt buckle. That’s the short version of Troutman, a new challenge in the niche–but growing–flyathlon category.
?Mainstream Media: NBC? ESPN? Nope, we happily get our updates via Keith Dunn. If you sometimes feel trail running is losing its grassroots vibe, Brenden Leonard assures us that, at least for the 2022 Barkley Marathons, we’re still as down-home as it gets.