The best part about live sporting events on TV is that, well, they're live. And apparently the seven-second delay wasn't working for Versus on Tuesday when "sideline" reporter Robbie Ventura was riding along in the Garmin-Chipotle team car, following David Millar through the time trial. As Jonathan Vaughters, the director sportif of the Garmin-Chipotle team was asked about how the race was going, he let an expletive deleted slip.
He later apologized, but the slip wasn't intentional nor overly vulgar.
Frankly, it was just amusing.
His word choice slippage aside, having Versus trail in the team was rather interesting. I'm not a NASCAR fan, but I assume it's similar to listening to the banter between driver and pit crew on those special Direct TV channels.
Vaughters was constantly chattering in Millar's earpiece offering words of encouragement through the time trial and building up his athlete.
"This is the hill where you win this thing," he said at one point.
"Settle into the pain," he offered later.
It was the "settle into the pain" line that struck me. Professional athletes make physical endeavors look so easy and effortless but in reality, they've settled into the pain and discomfort of the moment and pushed through. I thought of that this morning as I rode my hour endurance bike ride through the rain. My pain wasn't all that great (then again, it wasn't supposed to be) but I was in moderate amounts of discomfort as I dodged early morning commuters, puddles and pools of gravel. Actually, I was happy to ride in the rain. I knew in the long run it would make me a better rider and the chances that I'll have to race someday in the rain are pretty good, so I might as well get used to it now.
The unfortunate part is that I didn't have anybody in an earpiece shouting encouragement and strategy at me.
Then again, that part of the Tour de France has become rather controversial and according to notes in VeloNews there has been some restrictions placed on when team officials can relay information to their riders via earpiece technology.
And if the Tour de France isn't motivation enough, more news from the Dara Torres story comes to us from CNN. If you start working out in your 30s you probably won't become an Olympic athlete at 41, but like Torres using training advances can help athletes as they age. Encouraging news for all of us who remember when the only thing "digital" in your house was possibly your alarm clock.