Unless you are a resident of North Korea
, or my friend Bobby
, you have heard about Lance Armstrong being notified by the USADA
that they will be investigating him for doping.
|This was a text from yesterday!|
This story broke on Friday and the triathlon community was in an uproar because WTC, promoter of Ironman branded races, has a corporate policy that states (paraphrased) that an athlete cannot compete in any WTC race while being under investigation for violations of doping.
After many meetings were supposedly had about possibly changing the rule, WTC decided to stand pat by what was written and suspend Lance from racing all future events until the investigation is concluded.
People were pissed. Everyone wanted to see what Lance could do in the upcoming Ironman France (June 24th) and then at Kona in October. We wanted to see him going head-to-head with Crowie and Macca. The anticipation of such drama had us triathletes foaming at the mouth and randomly breaking into uncontrollable shakes!
So when Dan Empfield, Slowtwitch Editor-in-Chief, released the details of the WTC decision
and them upholding the suspension the comments
that followed were overwhelmingly in favor of Lance Armstrong. Many of the replies focused on the stupidity of WTC and ranged from a full out Boycott of all WTC races to signing a petition to reinstate Lance.
Here is a small snippet of the 129 rage-filled comments:
|Summary: Boycott WTC, Free Lance, Go F yourself WTC, Doping is cool ...|
Then to make matters worse WTC goes and announces on Friday that a brand new Ironman race was going to take place at Lake Tahoe in September of 2013
. The timing of this announcement really had to have WTC shaking in their shoes because triathletes were SO UPSET by the Lance decision. I mean just looking at the above Facebook posts would lead you to believe that the people had had enough of the antics of WTC and would stop supporting them, amiright? AND THEN to add insult to injury, the Lake Tahoe Ironman was going to open for registration on Monday morning. Burn. Can WTC really be this arrogant?
Triathletes would surely ban together in a sign of solidarity by channeling every Rage Against the Machine song ever penned and stick it to WTC with their wallets, hells yeah!!!!!! Screw Ironman Lake Tahoe!!! Down with WTC!!!
|Take the Power Back!|
So What Happened?
Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rage at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
What did I learn from this saga?
I want to be more like Bobby.
Thanks for Reading,
P.s. - For what it is worth, I actually am happy WTC stuck by their guns and followed the rules. The rule may be stupid, and that can be argued at another time, but people are always bitching about how WTC has zero integrity. I'd point to this decision the next time one offers up that argument.
Ray @ DCrainmaker
had a nice write up on this earlier today and is exactly how I feel.