Jon started it. Jeff named it. And it snowballed from there. I can’t take credit for any of the brilliant ideas here. It was a team effort.
Jon outed me as the mystery man behind the recent Batman sightings in northern Michigan. It’s true. When I am not training and working, I don the mask and cape and fight crime.
Being Batman is hard (and apparently sweaty) work Please forgive my enormous pit stains.
And that’s when it got interesting. If I’m Batman, who are my cohorts? Well, allow me to introduce them.
Wonder Woman (aka Caratunk Girl)
Mandy’s escapades as Wonder Woman go back all the way to when she was just a little girl. And it’s fitting. As her blog header claims, she “runs in the snow, bikes in the rain, and swims across the lake just for fun”. If that doesn’t define a Wonder Woman, I don’t know what does. Her countdown skills (73 days) are top notch as well.
Don Quixote and His Side Kick Sancho Panza (aka Jeff @ Dangle the Carrot and Jason @ CookTrainEatRace)
Who better than Jeff @ Dangle the Carrot and Jason @ CookTrainEatRace to fill the shoes of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza. I was willing to give Jeff the title of Captain America and Jason the official Ninja title, but since Texas’s recent abdication from the United States, that just wouldn’t work. Sorry guys. Admit the Midwest = Winning and we can revisit your superhero designation.
The Flash (aka Jon @ SwiCylcoRun)
Everything this guy does is fast whether it is swimming, biking, or running, so it is just fitting that his alter ego be The Flash. And despite evidence to the contrary, all of his speed comes from incredible training regimen and not any illegal supplements. He has a dedication to the sport that rivals the best of them. If you are able to get him to slow down enough, he is a wealth of good information and training tips.
Superman (aka BDD)
Now, you may argue that BDD alone is enough of a mythical superhero. Wouldn’t you be surprised then to learn behind the façade of BDD lies another superhero? That’s right. When he isn’t rocking it on the course, he moonlights as Superman. This guy is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma. Now, why Superman? Simple. Because Superman helps everyone and that is what BDD does. Just go read his Tour de Ashland 5k race report and you’ll know exactly what I mean. Redefines “Superman” doesn’t it?
Juggernaut (aka MattyO)
I don’t know a more fitting title for MattyO than Juggernaut. Known for his superhuman strength, he is able to use buildings as weapons which goes right along with his day job as a structural engineer. Like MattyO, the Juggernaut is physically unstoppable once in motion so stay out of his way or risk getting mowed down (yes, pun intended for his landscaping side business). This guy has jumped into the sport head first and there is no stopping him until he meets his goals. And having personally met him, I know there is nothing he can’t accomplish.
Elektra (aka Colleen @ IronDiva)
While Elektra’s super power is that of a ninja female assassin, the only thing she is killing is her PRs and every course she sets foot on. Already an Ironman, she isn’t yet satisfied and will continue to tear it up at courses across the country. Fueled by ambition, desire, and the occasional PB&J rollup, she inspires fellow athletes wherever she goes. If you want to see her in action, stop by Knoxville this weekend where she will be teaching that race a thing or two.
Beast (aka Beal)
Don’t let the appearance deceive you. Along with Beast’s superhuman strength and agility, he is a brilliant man of the arts and sciences. This guy is simply amazing and we have only see the beginning of what he has to offer. He makes his marathon debut this weekend in Cleveland, so watch out for the the Beast.
Well, there you have it. The League of Extraordinary Tri-Geeks.
Feel left out? The League of Extraordinary Tri-Geeks is always accepting applications for new members.