Tuesday, April 25, 2006

The First Bounty

The Prologue: At last the D-day arrived and part of the Black Knight Army, italian legion, arrived to the battlefield ready for the first adventure as bounty-hunters.
The beginning was the worst we could imagine:
1) In the parking we met a famous runner who brings ill luck and we were scared of hearing the terrible sentence: "you look in perfect shape". Fortunately it didn't happen because Long Joe, as sly as a snake, disracted the "unmentionable man" talkings about the weather.
2) After having a narrow escape, Long Joe felt something in his tummy and ran to a building in construction "to make his own businness in total privacy" but, in a while, we saw him to run away with the pants in his hands because inside he met the well hidden yard's care-taker.

(from left: Sir giorgio, the Black Knight and Long Joe)

3) For the short-distance of km. 11.6 (7.2 ml) there were only 30 prizes with no age-groups and we thought to find only few enemies but, what a surprise, at the start there was the whole Army Not Commander Officers School of Viterbo! Three Black Knights against the Italian Army, many barbarian allied tribes and errant knights.


(The loot)

The Report: The bad surprise needed a change of strategy, Lady Anne (our strategist) was not available at that time because of the different time zone, so we had to organize a fast war council: too many enemies mainly young in their 20 with the drill instructors, some professional sprinters, the Black Knight Army and only 30 prizes. We decided not to follow a tactic but to run like the hell as fast as we could by the shot. This meant to lose Long Joe but he agreed and we did. Sir giorgio and the Black Knight, head on, began the fight and ran shoulder to shoulder with faster opponents: no thoughts, no tactic, no complaints and above all no surrender. We don't have again the results and we are sure that the route was longer than 11.6 km (7.2 ml), in our opinion not less than 12 km (7.45 ml), but Sir giorgio and the Black Knight received with pride their bounty (perhaps the 24th and the 25th). Unfortunately Long Joe didn't succeed but he fought with honour. Now the black flag waves on the ruins of Tarquinia.

Unofficial times: The Black Knight 53.17 - Sir giorgio 53.37 - Long Joe 1h01.15


19 comments:

  1. Ahhh another victory in battle! Enjoy the bounty!

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  2. So you say they call you for races with nice bounties, but without knowing about the distance?
    Be careful BN this could be a strategy from the enemies...

    With out plan you got the price!
    Cheers!!

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  3. The bounty of the Italian races is good - very good. So much nicer than a t-shirt, the bounty of the American race. Congratulations on a successful battle. Too bad Long Joe had to waste his energy escaping the gardener!

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  4. today the people of Tarquinia have known the strenght of the black runners

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  6. Bravo Cavillieri!
    Si molto bravisimo!

    R2B (Primo Assasino)

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  7. "Run like the hell" -- yes, that's what I would have advised if I wasn't in a different time zone. Glad the strategy to just 'gun it' led to a bountiful feast of pride and joy and a terrific rendition of the race, with wonderful photos.

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  8. Run like hell....what a great tactic. I'll have to remember that one:) Congratulations to all of you!

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  9. The bounty is much better in Italy indeed. Job well done. The messenger is preparing for a long journey if you need me.

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  10. I LOVE your strategy: Run like hell! What a good-looking group! Congratulations on scoring the bounty! Too bad about long joe and the care-taker. I have run into that same problem at races.

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  11. You did well - My cheer must have reached across the distance!

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  12. long joe... is he a pirate?

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  13. Oh black knights of the italian legion you do us proud .... the bounty you seize is much more appealing than the gifts Long Joe leaves behind

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  14. Congrats to all three glorious black knights who have defended the kingdom!

    Now if wine were the bounty here in Seattle... maybe I'd run faster. maybe.

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  15. I loved the loot! Ship some over here!

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  16. I could definitely be motivated to run like hell for some vino. Congrats!

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  17. Victorious! the loot is hysterical! Can I have some.

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  18. O Black Knight..you do this Princess proud. May all the vino in the kingdom go to our fighting men......and may a Sir Garmin soon appear on your wrist to measure each fight!

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