Friday, September 25, 2009

Beauty Mark

I took an opportunity to view Beauty Mark at Appalachian State last evening. Diane Israel, the Executive Producer, Co-Producer and Co-Writer of the film was on campus, and a large audience turned out to watch the film.

Beauty Mark's web site ( gives us this synopsis:

Beauty Mark is for anyone who has ever felt invisible because they didn't conform to our culture's impossible, unhealthy, abnormal beauty standards. This courageous film examines popular culture's toxic emphasis on weight and looks through the eyes of Boulder-based psychotherapist and former world-class triathlete Diane Israel-- who tells her own story while interviewing other champion athletes, body builders, fashion models and inner-city teens about their experiences relating to self-image.

The film was most highly targeted at women, but I most enjoyed segments that featured Dave Scott, the six-time Ironman World Triathlon Champion. Scott talked about his obsession with diet and training while at the peak of his triathlon career. On one occasion, Scott over-trained to the point of collapsing and was taken to a doctor for an examination. Not one to lose a workout opportunity, Scott started to bench press the bed in the waiting room while waiting for medical assistance.

Does anyone other than me find that story compelling and motivating? I understand the message and the need, but I was also aware that few, if any, in the audience last evening knew who Dave Scott was, or what he had accomplished.

It was world class competition and the stakes were high.

Just as Lance talks about "getting on the razor" in preparation for the Tour de France, so went Scott and others who were #1 in multi-sport racing.

There are the Dave Scott's of the world, and then there are guys like me. Guys like me look up to guys like Dave Scott and take our inspiration from them. And yes, the crazy training stories are all part of it.

I can recall a story David Bailey told me about Scott and Tinley and Molina in the mid-80's, doing epic bike rides. Turnaround might have been a 7-Eleven at the 70 or 80 mile mark. One of the riders would go into the store and set the mark high - by buying a diet soda. Once that standard existed, taking food would be seen as weakness within the group.

Sound a bit crazy? Maybe so, but legends aren't build on the safe and easy and gentle path.

Let's respect ourselves and appreciate the body that God has given us, but let's not minimize the crazy antics of the hammerhead racers who made many of us love and lust for the sport.

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