Monday :: Aug 29, 2005

"Bike Guy" Knows His Limitations

by Steve

But the truth about the Biker-in-Chief is that the man can really ride. Over the course of a two-hour Tour de Crawford, Bush humbled every rider in Peloton One with a strong and steady pace over scorching hot paved roads, muddy creek crossings, energy-sapping tall grass and steep climbs on loose and crumbling rock.
"This is not a race," he insisted at the start of the ride. "This is a chance for me to show you a little slice of heaven, as far as I'm concerned. You know, some guys go on their ranch and ride horses — I like to ride my ranch on a mountain bike."
"The people want the president to be in a position to make good, crisp decisions and to stay healthy. And part of my being is to be outside exercising. So I'm mindful of what goes on around me. On the other hand, I'm also mindful that I've got a life to live, and will do so."
--Sal Ruibal, USA Today, August 13

Well, "Bike Guy" was quite fixated on looking good in front of the press, but for some reason didn't show the same enthusiasm for tackling the terrain days later with Lance Armstrong:

When he went biking with Lance Armstrong in Crawford earlier this month, the two, at one point, approached a particularly steep and rocky hill. Bush "wouldn't even contemplate going up it," recalls a senior Bush official. For his part, Armstrong cruised up the incline. A White House military aide made it part of the way up but "Lance just buried him" and Bush was in awe of his stamina.
--Matthew Cooper, free from jail time, over the weekend,

Don't get me wrong: I'm impressed with how fit W is, for a guy who is pushing 60, as compared to a guy like me, who could afford to lose a few pounds and is several years away from the big five-O.

But then, W has much more free time than I do.

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