Twenty-two year old woman from Ohio, never a jock, will row single-handed across the...wait for it...Atlantic Ocean! Here's the NY Times piece....
Just to be a crotchety old guy, I will say that each time someone raises the bar in these activities, it becomes less satisfying to do the hard but humanly possible thing: Ride a century, run a marathon or pedal the Continental Divide Trail. People train and run marathons to help them quit smoking.
Not that long ago we were in awe of marathoners. Now, thousands turn out and perhaps finish with an empty feeling.
"Well, I did it, but I'm no Forrest Gump. That dude was a real runner...."