Whipity Pow / Rocky Mountain Rollergirls / Photo by Jay Vollmar.
I've spent a lot of time thinking about Whipity Pow's thigh this week. I don't want it for myself, but it's an incredible thing to behold.
David Foster Wallace on tennis great Roger Federer:
"Genius is not replicable. Inspiration, though, is contagious, and multiform -- and even just to see, close up, power and aggression made vulnerable to beauty is to feel inspired and (in a fleeting, mortal way) reconciled. "
Recently, there was an episode of Radiolab about limits. During the segment on limits and the human body, Jad and Robert interviewed Julie Moss about her legendary second place finish in the 1982 Ironman Triathlon. It was really insightful to hear the analysis of how our brains deal when we push our bodies.
Anyway, here's Julie Moss shitting her pants and crawling to the finish line:
I was hanging with some Brits the other night, and the roller derby thing worked its way into the conversation.
In her adorable accent, the Girl Brit asked, "Is that the sport where the angry girls on roller skates hit each other?"
"I'm not angry," I said. "I'm just determined."