Australian Brad Beven, a four-time World Cup Series Champion and arguably the most dominant triathlete of the 90's until he was hit by a car the day before the Australian Olympic Trials in 2000, has been living at my house for the past ten weeks. He injured his knee two weeks before arriving to the States and he has yet to recover from this injury. He has been swimming and biking a tremendous amount. For the first four weeks of his stay, he used my 1984 scooter to drive the 6.5 miles to Flatirons Athletic Club for swim practice. The scooter coughed up its last lung four weeks ago and so Brad now walks the 13 miles round trip to swim practice four times a week. This takes 2.5 to 3 hours of walking time. I asked him why he doesn't bike to FAC and he replies that walking helps strengthen his calf muscles and it doesn't put the stress on the injured knee as much as running. How many American Professional Triathletes would be willing to walk 13 miles to swim? This is similar to the Kenyan runners who grew up running miles upon miles to school and back. Makes you think!
On a side note, Brad recently raced the Boulder Peak Triathlon, which by the way raised $30,000 for Multiple Sclerosis Society. This was a star studded field including two-time Hawaii IM champ Tim DeBoom and five-time World Champ Simon Lessing. Brad was first out of the water and he won the $250 swim prime. However, to receive it, he had to finish the race. Simon won the race which included a blistering 32:05 run split (in heat, no shade and on dirt). Brad ran/walked to a 48:26. How frustrating must that be for a person to run that pace when he has run side by side with Simon in races. Yet Brad persevered, not just for the $250, but because he loves the sport and the competition. To top it off, on many forums of websites from people who saw the race results were writing how Brad is washed up. If only people knew the whole story before they write things like this. That is one of the disadvantages of the Internet; it allows boneheads with their shortsightedness to be visible. By the way, if you want to see the triathlon bike course that over 1500 people rode in the BP triathlon, you can purchase the Rides video at http://weshobsonperformance.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=WHPOS&Product_Code=RV1TR