Went to Oita today with Andrew to pick up his Death Racer shoes from Sports Depot. I can't believe that guy has lost 7kg in one month. He is planning to lose 16 more kilos in 4 months, I think he said, and all so that he can perform well in the Canadian Death Race in 2006.
"Consider running for 125km over rough, mountain trails, through pristine forests shared with resident wildlife, over ragged, rocky, and sometimes wet or snow-covered, seemingly endless terrain. Sounds pretty tough? Well, add the fact that you are journeying over three different mountain summits and are gaining over 17,000 feet in elevation, crossing over a major river by raft, (At our spectacular Hell's Gates canyon at the confluence of the Smoky and Sulphur Rivers.) plus running part of this race in the dark and there you have it - the makings of our larger-than-life world-class event, the Canadian Death Race!"
Sounds pleasant. Look, there's a skull on the top page. A skull.
Andrew the future Death Racer ordered a pair of shoes that are specially designed for his feet and his feet only. They set him back something like 16,000 yen, but the spiffy Death Racer logo on the tongue made it all worth the money I'm sure.