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Fenty to run triathlon two days before primary

fenty_tri.jpgBack in June, I looked at the disconnect between Mayor Adrian Fenty's approval rating and his triathlon times:

Fenty's hard-core training regimen -- which includes regular morning runs and swims plus midday bike rides -- continues to pay dividends in competition. But it's not clear that it's paying dividends on the campaign trail. ... [F]acing a tough challenge from [Vincent Gray], will he hang up his sneakers, put away the bike and lay off the morning swims in an attempt to win back an alienated city? This year's Nation's Triathlon is set for Sept. 12 -- two days before the primary. Asked whether Fenty will be participating, Fenty's spokeswoman did not respond. As we move closer to Election Day, the fate of Mayor Adrian M. Fenty may hang on this question: Will he be running, or will he be running?

He'll be running: TBD's Sarah Larimer reports today that, yes, Fenty will participate in the triathlon, which will take about two and a half hours out of one of the last campaign days before his election.

The problem for Fenty is that his mayor-as-athlete persona may not be so charming any more. For voters who consider him aloof, this isn't going to help.

By Mike DeBonis  |  September 8, 2010; 2:33 PM ET
Categories:  Adrian Fenty , DCision 2010 , The District  
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Start running and keep running until you get to Saudi Arabia where you'll be exiled.

Posted by: cholly85241 | September 8, 2010 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Run Forest (FENTY) Run. That's what losers do.

Posted by: samvped205 | September 8, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

This sort of shows where his priorities are. Well he'll have loads of time for them after January 1st and won't have to worry about being distracted by things like schools.

Posted by: blankspace | September 8, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse

I catch the bus on Connecticut Avenue near Columbia Road. I got hit on the sidewalk by a bicycle racing down hill. Judging by the number of bikes doing 20-30 MPH on the sidewalk, Fenty has abandaoned any attempts to regulate bicycle traffic. My gratitude to the cyclists who actually ride in the street. The more bike lanes the better!

Posted by: Dave115 | September 8, 2010 5:07 PM | Report abuse

i said this a few years back. folks do not realize how much time this guy takes out of a normal day to exercise. I salute and even envy his fitness. however, training for marathons and triathlons is not jogging for 30-minutes. it takes hours at a time not to mention the time for preparing and bathing afterwards. And he does it during the normal work hours. it's a prime example of how/why you see the mayor that is often not prepared in many settings.

Posted by: oknow1 | September 8, 2010 6:10 PM | Report abuse

i said this a few years back. folks do not realize how much time this guy takes out of a normal day to exercise. I salute and even envy his fitness. however, training for marathons and triathlons is not jogging for 30-minutes. it takes hours at a time not to mention the time for preparing and bathing afterwards. And he does it during the normal work hours. it's a prime example of how/why you see the mayor that is often not prepared in many settings.

Posted by: oknow1 | September 8, 2010 6:10 PM | Report abuse

I like that - Run Forest! That says it all. Emperor Nero runs while his hopes for reelection burn. I say we move the finish line to Manhattan, let him win THAT race and he can just stay there.

Posted by: ssmd11 | September 8, 2010 7:22 PM | Report abuse

Interesting! All the sports that Fenty are me, myself and I types. Never any team sports. This says alot.

Posted by: thelildiva4u | September 8, 2010 7:27 PM | Report abuse

Even though I'm not a Fenty supporter, I think that the frequent criticism of his athletics are a red herring. He should be commended for being a role model for phsyical fitness. I'd much rather that our leaders spent their spare time keeping in shape than smoking cigars at Shelly's.

At the same time, participating in a triathlon two days before the election shows very poor judgement -- yet again.

If I had a million dollar proposal presentation on which a dozen people had been working for weeks, what would my company think if I did something like this?

And a triathon isn't just "2 and a half hours." You have to prepare for it, and you will definitely not be doing much for the rest of the day afterwards. This isn't a walk/run 5K, this is a hardcore event. He's basically going to be out of it, or at best, flying at half mast for the whole day. Stupid, and selfish.

Posted by: jamietre | September 9, 2010 9:21 AM | Report abuse

Those joggers are his peeps, so jog away. At least he got the streets officially closed this time, rather than having his detail do it. As long as he paid and registered like any other athlete (he did, right?), the city is at your disposal, Mr. Mayor, and keep your mouth closed in the Potomac.

Posted by: emrj | September 9, 2010 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Though an Olympic-distance triathlon is nothing to sneeze at, it is not the same as an Ironman triathlon. He's in good shape so he will recover pretty quickly from the race.

The timing of the race and the election is not the greatest, however.

Preparation for an Olympic-distance triathlon does NOT require hours of training every day! If you are going to post something like this, please read up on the topic first. Yes, you will need to do some longer workouts on the weekends, but during the week, you can usually get by with about 45-90 minutes total. Hardly "hours a day." And if you look up his actual training routine, he does a bit less than what is usually recommended. Most of the week-day workouts are done very early in the morning, well before 9 am. Those workouts have little to do with whether he is prepared or not for an afternoon meeting.

Posted by: 123home123 | September 10, 2010 9:02 AM | Report abuse

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