Friday, July 8, 2011
They lost me at camels
Years ago, Mark Burnett (creator of 'Survivor') used to organize an extreme endurance race called "EcoChallenge". Teams of 4 people had to trek through the desert and snow-capped mountains, camp in the wilderness, kayak, repel, mountain climb, and use their orienteering skills to navigate the maps they were given to complete the race course. It was insanely difficult and those who participated were extreme-sports kinda folks. I was exhausted just watching that show. I think it was just too darn hard for folks and they ended the race after a few years.
This new version is a combination of "Survivor", "Amazing Race", with a little "EcoChallenge" thrown in. In fact, starting this race on camels originated in "EcoChallenge"--and it's nuts, completely nuts. I have come to the conclusion I do not like camels very much--they are sorta ornery most days.
As I sit there all comfy-like on my couch, watching this, I have to wonder who in the heck does this stuff?? I mean, Joe and I have been riding our bikes through the 'hood lately, and while we've been logging some miles, it certainly isn't blister-causing type stuff. And while I like to hike, heading into a sandstorm or freezing waters is just not gonna happen. In fact, just the mere idea of sweating too much sort of turns me off of that whole hiking thing.
So what motivates these folks? At what point in your life do you sign up for mountain climbing and sleeping/freezing in a tent in some snow? When does the thought of oozing blisters covering your feet make you sign on that dotted line? Who wants to be hot, then cold, wet and then dry? And try to keep up with the mental challenges that keep your brain busy as well?? Sheesh. Not me.
Criminy, I'm barely comfortable sitting on the couch for the hour that it's on. And even that makes me crabby.
So, are you watching this? And would you do it?
Not me. And if I did, I would have trouble picking out team members because most people I know would want to kill me after the first 45 minutes.