Headlines from Bear Brook:
1. Gail won F65, coming from 9 minutes behind Sharon to trounce her quite convincingly, both on the day and overall. So that's the main news. :-)
2. So then we're walking back to the car, and we pass by Spike and Mary, and chat a bit, and at some point Mary expresses admiration for Gail's ability to do a plank for 2 minutes and 40 seconds.
Well, admiration and perhaps a bit of doubt, and the next thing Mary asks is can I take a video of Gail doing such a lengthy plank so Mary can show it to a friend.
And I think, wouldn't it be easier to do a demonstration right now?
Gail, flush (giddy?) from her triumph (and rightfully so), is game. Mary, claiming to be able to do a minute at most, is also game. And Alex, sitting in the next car has never let a core workout pass by without participating, also joins the party. A moment later the ladies -- three generations of them -- are down on the ground, in position, and the clocks are started.
Spike and I (and others?) provide both the professional timing and some entertainment.
A minute goes by and Mary is done. But Gail and Alex are showing no stress.
Two minutes and still no stress. Two forty and Gail says her arms are starting to tremble a little, but still no apparent stress.
Three minutes and we call them off, no need to go on forever, it's a PR for Gail, and under the Russian pole vaulters' model, no pointing in improving a PR too much at any one time. But clearly 5 minutes is possible, given the right entertainment.
And best of all, Spike whipped out his fancy phone and we have photographic evidence.
It was mighty fine.