Sunday, May 21, 2006

The New Warriors

This morning the Black Knight Army fought against the most coward enemy: the cancer. The Black Knight, the son and his girl friend ran the Race for the Cure whose distance is through the most beautiful and historical part of Rome all around the Coliseum, the Roman forum and the Terme of Caracalla stadium.

(Stefy and Paolo)
By this race the Susan G. Koman breast cancer foundation raises funds and promotes awareness for the fight against breast cancer, celebrates breast cancer survivorship and honours those who have lost their battle. There are a competitive and a not competitive run, both of km. 5 (3.1 ml) and a walk of km. 2 (1.24 ml). Totally we were more than 20.000 persons with "only" 1136 runners in the competitive run.

(The Black Knight wears his black armour)

The 2 new warriors, Stefy and Paolo, finished together the not competitive run enjoying the landscape and the beauties of the ancient Rome under a warm and beautiful sun. The final time was 35'00" (7'00" km - 11'16" ml) but is this important?

(The B.K., in the middle with the black shirt and the sunglasses, in line to take the race number)
The report: 359°/1136 in 21'57" (4'23"/km. - 7'03"/ml)
It was a crowded race, with 2 downhills and 2 uphills, near many cheering tourists and on an impossible cobbled pavements like the ancient roman one. The pace was regular, the day was beautiful and this time the enemy was really a coward. But is in this case the score important?

Monday, May 08, 2006

Rome is free

The Story: When the Black Knight Army arrived to the Corri nel Campus battlefield, found a terrible situation, enemy troops of occupation ruled by terror using all the most infamous means: all the people must watch 24h/24h reality shows and soap operas, listen the most boring singers like Toto Cutugno, Al Bano and Mino Reitano and have lunch in the most infamous fast-food. The weakest, that is to say the luckiest, died after 2 days of this kind of tortures.
There the Black Knight and Sir giorgio had the surprise to know that also the Professor could not fight so, now, he is officially “missing in action 3” (Missing in action 1 and 2 are Chuck Norris’ movies). For this lack they must face, by themselves, 1412 cruel barbarian soldiers.
The enemies thought out many tricks not to fight against the glorious B.K.A. Italian legion: before the start a couple of women tried to tempt the 2 knights talking of the weather (the usual stupid approach) but the invincible warriors didn’t fell into the snare; during the race they received sparkling water that used to refresh their heads but they got into the troubles because it burnt their eyes; the distance was 10,4 km. (6.27 ml) and not the announced 10 km (6.2 ml).
Despite the tricks and the hard fight Roma got the freedom in short time!

The serious report: It was a difficult race because of the heat and the route. A lot of runners crowded the narrow streets – the 1st km. was a nightmare – characterized by many uphills and downhills, bridges and hairpin bends. As we planned, we got another “bounty”(6 bottles of wine for each black warrior that will be delivered within 90 days), the prizes were 1015: 860 for the men and 155 for the women.

The score:
Sir giorgio: 629°/1238 men – 663°/1412 overall – 47’48” official time – 47’13” chip time
Black Knight: 658°/1238 men – 695°/1412 overall – 48’12” official time – 47’37” chip time
The pace:
Sir giorgio: 4’36”/km (7’24”/ml) official time – 4’32”/km (7’18”/ml) chip time
Black Knight: 4’38”/km official time (7’27”/ml) – 4’34”/km (7’21”/ml) chip time.
The split:
4.35 - 4.30 - 4.38 (uphill) -4.20 -4.42 -4.31 -4.26 - 4.21 - 4.46 (uphill) - 4.46 (uphill) - 2.03 (400 mt.)

Saturday, May 06, 2006


Roma is under siege: barbarian tribes, cruel savage hordes and errant mercenary knights attacked the capital from everywhere.
The Pope is scared, the people are hidden and only the X Legion, famous to be the faithful Julius Caesar’s legion, is resisting the coward enemy.
At last they sent the brave messenger Sir Rob to get the help of the invincible Black Knight Army that fought in every part of the world for the freedom and the justice.
The italian legion could not remain deaf to this call of help from the brothers in arm and gathered all the troops: the Black Knight, Sir giorgio and the Professor are wearing the black shining armours and are ready to slaughter the siegers to give peace again to the Eternal City. Unfortunately Long Joe and Radar Man are injuried but the rest of the Army is more than enough to defeat the enemy.
Tomorrow, at 10.00 a.m., the 3 heroes will be strong and angry on the Corri nel Campus battlefield, a 10 km (6.2 ml) race. No mercy, don’t piss off the Black Knight Army!