In the heart of this year’s brutal, tempestuous winter, the Amateur Animal Cycling Krew’s founders met IRL to discuss the Krew’s charter, purpose and future. And to discuss how best to educate, elucidate and expound on that which is the blog’s purview. Such as Winter Training techniques. Within seconds on that first morning, right out of the gate, it was (painfully) clear that while the Cheetah, Wolf and Eagle are united in their unyielding commitment to the study, proliferation and dissemination of Animal values, all three hold strikingly different opinions about everything including, but not limited to, smoothie recipes, the value and scientific properties of popcorn, where and when to do a Plank Rotisserie, and how best to train in the winter when it’s raining and cold out. For example, while all three founders agree that an unwavering commitment to training throughout the winter months is a requirement for early season racing, they couldn’t agree AT ALL on which method is best, which style is the most effective, and what type of training will yield the best results.
While some may see their differences as problematic, as evidence that AACK is without consensus, unity and a cohesive vision, others (like yourself, obviously) will see that this difference—like many, if not all, of their differences—simply illustrates and illuminates the purity of their commitment to the Animal Spirit. This is how it’s done in the Animal Kingdom: your way or the highway, dog eat dog, do or die. Mano y mano, y mano.
In fact, it was this first deep divide that led to the inaugural Knife Fight. On the heels of that contentious debate it was quickly decided the founders would put their monies where their mouths were and race each other at Tulsa Tough. To better understand what went down, how it went down, when it went down, and what it means now that it all went down, here is an enumerated timeline-diagram:
- A 300 dollar per-person bet, winner take all ($900.00), was made and committed to.
- Each founder committed to a specific and different approach to winter training.
- A demonstration and diagram of each founder’s Training Method (see below) was conceived and executed.
- All three founders agreed to compete that week in the first-ever cross-state Body By Pete competition. The competition was held in the pre-dawn hours of a Thursday morning at Grant High School at NE Thompson and NE 33rd. The BBP competition was led and judged by Willie McBride of Wy’East Wolf Pack. The results were inconclusive (see video below).
- Each founder weighed-in to establish a pre-training baseline weight, because everyone knows that the lighter you are and the more unhealthy you look, the better your power-to-weight ratio is and the more superior you are at racing.
- The founders agreed that whoever threw the most punches and won the Knife Fight would also win the right to decide which method of winter training is the most effective and the right to say as much in public, published form on the AACK blog. Because thats how (anthropomorphic) Science works.