Mayor Triathlete: Positive or negative?
For my column thingy this week, I looked at one notable fact about Mayor Adrian Fenty: While his re-election campaign might have had a recent stumble or three, he's still very much on solid footing when it comes to triathlons.
At the 2009 Nation's Triathlon, held in the District in September, Fenty finished the swim-bike-and-run in 2 hours 21 minutes -- a time Washington DC Triathlon -- good enough for fourth out of 104 in his age group.
Right now President Obama, for instance, is dealing with critics who say he shouldn't be playing golf while oil continues to spew into the Gulf of Mexico. That might be fair, that might not be fair. I, for one, begrudge no public official time to relax.
But Fenty's triathloning is different from Obama's golf in two ways, one positive and one negative. On the con side, being an elite-level triathlete isn't something you do by just showing up on race day. It takes hours and hours of training. Even beginner-level training programs require 10 hours a week. Those are hours Hizzoner wouldn't be performing official duties. On the pro side, raising to that level of competition requires developing intense focus and discipline -- skills, plenty have suggested, that can translate to governance.
So what do you think: Is Fenty's triathloning a good thing, a bad thing, or nothing to be concerned with at all?
Photo courtesy of Action Sport Photo Inc./DC Triathlon
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