Are you an elite, ultra-endurance athlete?

Posted by lex, on July 30, 2006

Yah. Me neither.

But some people are. And the Navy SEALs have an offer for them *:

With sweat soaking his tattered tank top, Petty Officer 1st Class David Goggins hit the finish-line tape high on the slopes of Mount Whitney. He took fifth place Tuesday in a 30-hour foot race from the floor of Death Valley.

For Goggins, a Navy SEAL based in Coronado, running a 135-mile ultra-marathon in 120-degree heat across a desert and three mountain ranges is more than an adventure.

It’s a job.

“One hundred and thirty-five miles – that’s a lot of time to meet people,” said Goggins, a SEAL recruiter.

It was a surprise to me, when I first started working with Navy SPECWAR – I had an image of Rambo-style mesomorphs making hooting sounds in the weight room. Although there certainly are such men on “the teams,” many more are of the high speed, low drag, whip cord, knotted muscle variety. Endurance athletes, in other words.

Navy SEALs – people who get to go to interesting places, meet fascinating people… and kill them.

Good work, if you can get it.

** 08-21-20 – URL changed – Ed.

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