For athletes whose sports take place in the warmer months, this time of year is a time to settle in, warm your feet at the fire and tell stories of the previous season’s conquests. Patriots fans are quite familiar with the phenomenon. Every person remembers something different from the big game (NFL on TV, ultimate frisbee, half-marathon, it doesn’t matter), and as we all share, the recollections coalesce into something larger than the sum of its parts. Last season becomes a legend. It gives us the determination to outdo ourselves the following year.
Of course, there are those men and women who have made careers out of surpassing last year’s best, year after year: the true champions. And their campfire stories are something else. This week, two top-tier athletes are in the area to illuminate the minds of us less hardy souls, with tales of their amazing experiences.
First, the L.L. Bean flagship store (95 Main St, Freeport) invites guest speaker Bill Yeo for a screening of his documentary, Bike-Packing Ladakh, India's Himalaya, on Friday, March 10 at 7 p.m. Bill and his brother Mike recently completed a Himalayan bike-packing trip that was by turns grueling, breath-takingly beautiful, dangerous, and sweetly funny. They rode at altitudes up to 17,000 feet, sometimes single-file on ledges that were little more than a lip on the face of a cliff; communicated despite language differences with the colorful people of the Markha Valley; and chronicled the whole undertaking on digital film to create what you will see, right in Bean’s Camping Atrium. Check out https://www.meetup.com/LLBeanFreeport/events/236574868/ for particulars.
Next, as part of Freeport Community Library’s (10 Library Dr) Armchair Travel series, 2016 Paralympic silver medalist Hugh Freund will talk at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, March 13, about his experience with teammates Rick Doerr and Brad Kendell, sailing their Sonar-class keelboat to the podium and glory. Freund has stories about the flavor of Rio de Janeiro, the tight-knit interdependence of his team as they narrowly missed edging out Australia for the gold, and what it really feels like to medal for our country. Think about what questions you have for him, and visit the FCL’s page at http://engagedpatrons.org/EventsCalendar.cfm?SiteID=1429 .
Thinking about next season yet?