Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Help: In Need of Gross Pictures

So school's back in session and I'm taking an amazing class -- philosophical perspectives of human movement. Sounds weird and boring, but it's not thanks to the awesome professor. He's an accomplished sports psychologist who's worked with some incredible athletes for decades, and in one day he had me hooked. I can tell it's going to be a good class.

Here's the thing. We're doing an "aesthetics" project based on our sport -- so of course mine is triathlon and basically all endurance sports. The project guidelines are pretty loose, we just have to portray our sport in an artsy way that will make everyone go "ohhh, ahhhh" or bring them to tears, or make em laugh, whatever. It's all about depicting your sport in a unique manner.

Sooo, I want to make people say, "Ewww! Wtf?! Gross! Why would people do that to themselves?!"

In order to achieve this, your help is needed. I want to create a picture collage of every gross thing that happens to the body as a result of endurance training -- blisters, lack of toenails, cuts & bruises, chaffing (appropriate-to-show areas), road rash, swelling (including bee sting swelling, a personal fav), injuries of all sorts, passed out at finish lines, taken away by medical, IVs, sunburns... do you see where I'm going with this? I want the harsh realities of triathlon & endurance sports to show how people are so easily willing to cause bodily harm in the name of performance.

So, can you pleeeease send me your gross, gruesome, gnarly photos? Add caption with name, date(s) of incident and optional story of the gross/gruesome thing - a sentence or two is fine.

Leave a comment if you're interested and I'll send you my email. The sooner the better.

And keep it PG... thanks!


  1. Sounds like a fun project. I sent you some pics. They aren't too gross, but hopefully you can use them.

  2. haha. i'll send some. will have to wait until tomorrow when i can get to my desk drawer at work where i keep my big toe nail and take a pic of it.

  3. Andy Jones Wilkins' feet come to mind... (not my picture)


    Pretty bad frostbite after a race: (again, not mine)


  4. I'm disturbed that Beth keeps her big toe nail at work. Or that she keeps it at all! I've got some pics of friends who ended up in the ER last weekend for stitches following a Mt bike tri.

  5. Just got back from the Leadville 100 Trail race..will pics of my friend's toenail-less and blistered feet work?

  6. Wow, that sounds like a great class! I have always wanted to go back to school and get my PHd in Sports Psychology but life has always gotten in the way. Maybe someday!

    I will have to look around and see if I have any great pics!

  7. I have a "tag" on my blog for "gross foot photos." Go to this link and just scroll down for some goodies. There are LOTS of good ones on the second page....


    Enjoy! (if possible...)

  8. How about that horrible Julie Moss meltdown or the equally horrible Sian Welch/Wendy Ingraham "race?"