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07-10-2008 08:35 PM  9 years agoPost 1
Learn to Fly

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Tour De France? and other events like it( Gyro De Italia...) But still TDF takes the cake.

I think so.

Ok 2000+ miles. 21 days. 2 days rest!!! Thats an average of 100 miles a day, 4 to 5 hours non stop saddled in. Flat courses, HUGE mountains, and time trials.

I just got into riding in the spring, have racked up about 700 miles. I feel the best I have ever felt in my life. Cycling gives you a great workout. Plus its fun. I have hit 45MPH so far. Was just watching the Tour and was thinking...is there any thing tougher than this?


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07-10-2008 09:04 PM  9 years agoPost 2
jrvander

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The Iditarod in Alaska is a pretty tough race as well. Not nearly as scenic as France in the summer!

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07-10-2008 09:05 PM  9 years agoPost 3
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rugby.

Any game being played is the toughest game out there.

Except for maybe water polo, I hear those guys do horiable things to each other under water

Which is worse, ignorance or apathy? I don't know and I don't care!

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07-10-2008 09:14 PM  9 years agoPost 4
Learn to Fly

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http://www.letour.fr/us/homepage_horscourseTDF.html

Info on event


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07-10-2008 10:44 PM  9 years agoPost 5
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Richard Simmons sweating to the oldies tape.END OF DISCUSSION.

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07-11-2008 12:05 AM  9 years agoPost 6
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What about th Missouri 340? It's a Kayak race across the state. you have 100hours to complete 340 miles while dodging barges, drunk boaters, rock dikes. It looks pretty tough.

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07-11-2008 12:28 AM  9 years agoPost 7
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The Cannonball Run!

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07-11-2008 05:34 AM  9 years agoPost 8
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Single toughest sporting event?
In California, every (hot) summer in July, several dozen fruitcakes of questionable sanity run the distance of FIVE 26-mile marathons in less than 2½ DAYS. It's called the Badwater UltraMarathon.

The 135-mile course begins in Death Valley at 280' below sea level and ends at the Mt Whitney Portal at 8360', and includes 13000' of cumulative vertical ascent, the crossing of TWO mountain ranges and the partial ascent of a third.

You'll first run 43 miles in temps above 125°F (52°C). Then, as you begin leaving Death Valley, over the next 17 miles you'll climb from sea level to 5000' before moving on to the comfort, pleasure and joy of -- ahhhhh -- running another 75 miles.

Best time is about 23 hours -- a pace of about 6 mph for a whole DAY -- and there's no prize money.

Top that!

Better yet, don't. Physicians I've spoken with say that even those in top physical condition frequently suffer permanent damage (from minor to major) to their internal organs and/or skeletal tissues as a result of the extreme stresses of those sorts of temps and non-stop durations.

Oy VEY!

PS -- Despite air loaded with smoke drifting eastward from 300+ California wildfires, this year's event starts in four days. Are you ready?

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07-11-2008 07:47 AM  9 years agoPost 9
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Although I'd say the TDF requires some of the most focused athletes in history to win, I'd vote for some of the iron man/multi-sport challenges as the most rigorous.

As for major sports, hockey players are by far the most tough. They try their hardest for little recognition and play though all sorts of injuries that keep people in other sports benched for weeks.

Oh, and downhill mountain biking is pretty hard on ones body as well.

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07-11-2008 08:03 AM  9 years agoPost 10
Dakine

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UFC

Period!

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07-11-2008 08:30 AM  9 years agoPost 11
GimbalFan (RIP)

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Single toughest sporting event?

Tour De France?
Nein!
Iditarod?
Nein!
rugby?
Nein!
water polo?
Nein!
Missouri 340?
Nein!
The Cannonball Run?
Nein -- but funny!
hockey?
Nein!
downhill mountain biking?
Nein!
UFC?
Nein!

I've seen nothing mentioned -- yet -- which comes anywhere NEAR the effort and stamina required by the Badwater UltraMarathon. 135 miles of non-stop running, beginning in 125° heat, with 13000 feet of overall climbing. C'mon!

One must be as insane as the entrants of that wild race to imagine it's not the most difficult, physically-demanding organized sporting event on the planet.

We should all now bow down low before those who muster the courage to even attempt such a biophysical nightmare, let alone finish it in one day.

op-thwop-thwop-thwop-thwop-thwop-thwop-thwop-thwop-thwop-thwop-thwop-thwop-t

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07-11-2008 10:12 AM  9 years agoPost 12
Arthur

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None of them compares with the adrenalin rush of fear when you walk into a room and wifey says "do you notice any thing different ? "

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07-11-2008 10:52 AM  9 years agoPost 13
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None of them compares with the adrenalin rush of fear when you walk into a room and wifey says "do you notice any thing different ? "

very funny, i like that

ha ha

All The Best

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07-11-2008 11:35 AM  9 years agoPost 14
Learn to Fly

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Badwater...seems BADASS!!


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07-11-2008 01:40 PM  9 years agoPost 15
buzzsaw

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Badwater UltraMarathon
That is nothing,I run more than that soon as my mother-n-law shows up on my door step

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07-11-2008 01:51 PM  9 years agoPost 16
Topher

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I think Id rather jump out of a plane that compete in that badwater thing.

will wash your heli for a quarter

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07-11-2008 04:12 PM  9 years agoPost 17
legoman67

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i was just watching a show about the baja 1000, dunno if it comes into your sporting event catagory, but it looks pretty hard.

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07-11-2008 05:27 PM  9 years agoPost 18
Mark C

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None of them compares with the adrenalin rush of fear when you walk into a room and wifey says "do you notice any thing different ? "
My response to that was "You saw the neighbor's new breast implants too!! Yea they are ....."

My memory for that scene ends mid sentence and I seem to have a permanent eye twitch I can't shake.

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07-11-2008 06:31 PM  9 years agoPost 19
jrvander

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How about this: http://www.ifoce.com/

Major League Eating!

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07-11-2008 10:37 PM  9 years agoPost 20
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Hum

Not really a sporting event but how about the Navy Seal "BUDS" training.

Isn't there also some kind of organized joint service two man team event that is like 7 days of near death? Anyone have any info on that?

Dave

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