I'm not sure what I thought the pentathlon involved - I suppose I guessed it would have involved five fairly similar sports (like the triathlon: swimming, cycling and running.)
But the modern pentathlon? Five of the most random sports I could have picked out of a hat while blindfolded: épée fencing, pistol shooting, 200m freestyle swimming, show jumping (on horseback) and a 3km cross-country run.
I would have said that there was nobody in the world who would be good at all five of those disciplines, but apparently there are!
And why are those five chosen? I found out from Wikipedia that it's because it simulates the experience of a 19th century cavalry soldier behind enemy lines: riding an unfamiliar horse, fighting with pistol and sword, swimming, and running.
I'd like to see athletes train in various disciplines that simulate MY experience in day-to-day life. My events would be:
1. Synchronized Dirty Nappy Change (two dirty bottoms side-by-side)What disciplines would a pentathlon involve if it was to simulate YOUR life?
2. Slalom Kitchen Sweeping
3. The 3-Basket Laundry-Folding Marathon
4. Artistic Grocery Shopping (yeah, that doesn't even make sense)
5. Culinary Weightlifting (cooking with children in arms.)