Recently while listening to one of my favorite radio shows, Radiolab, I came across a piece about this cross country bike race including Jure Robic (in the middle of this episode). Doing a bit of googling ran me into this NY Times article from 2006.
You have to read this. It is mind boggling.
Around Day 2 of a typical weeklong race, his speech goes staccato. By Day 3, he is belligerent and sometimes paranoid. His short-term memory vanishes, and he weeps uncontrollably. The last days are marked by hallucinations: bears, wolves and aliens prowl the roadside; asphalt cracks rearrange themselves into coded messages. Occasionally, Robic leaps from his bike to square off with shadowy figures that turn out to be mailboxes. In a 2004 race, he turned to see himself pursued by a howling band of black-bearded men on horseback.
‘‘Mujahedeen, shooting at me,’’ he explains. ‘‘So I ride faster.’’
My favorite part is how his team plays into it. All RadioLab is great, but this was a particularly brilliant episode.
@StevilKinevil And there’s one for the Black Market.