Today’s Real Man of BAMFness is mountain runner Rickey Gates. Now, in some ways, just being a dude that runs mountains probably is enough to make you a BAMF. No, not you Dean Karnazes. You are too slow. Just because you are a runner, it doesn’t mean that when you move forward in some form of locomotion that you are running. I hate how Dean Karnazes says it is running when he’s going 16-minute miles holding a pizza and a large cheesecake. That is impressive in a weird way, but it ain’t running. Scott Jurek is a BAMF, but not you Dean, if only because you are so ridiculous. But again, I digress. No, these mountain runners really run. Fast. In our BAMF’s latest entry on his blog Mostly Paved, Rickey talks about having to descend 6,000 feet down a mountain, after having just run up it. And being hungover. It’s good to celebrate your BAMFness.
If you run up mountains, you are a BAMF (but only if it is fast, Dean). If you live in a van in the mountains (or down by the river), you are a BAMF (and maybe – probably – also a bit of a redneck, or a hippie if it’s a VW, which Rickey’s is).
RG, you are a BAMF.
(And, like Adam, you also should probably go eat something…)