M50-54 400 meters, final, 2009 Masters Track & Field World Championships:
At the 2009 WMA Masters Track & Field World Championships held in Lahti, Finland, jeff noel finished 43rd overall, for the men’s 50-54 400 meters.
Seven of the eight Americans made it to the semi-finals. noel was the only one who didn’t advance. Three Americans went on to the finals, with James Chin taking bronze.
Lahti, Finland…2009 Senior Olympics…
Many readers are not familiar with what happened in 2009. This jeff noel blog was still in relative infancy.
But in 2009, my impossible goal was about to become reality.
What started out as the infamous, one-mailbox-a-day for a week wellness challenge, had morphed into the pursuit of a long lost childhood dream.
Ever put yourself out there? Out there farther than you ever have? I know how you felt, you felt just like I describe at the end of this 37-second You Tube video:
Have you ever seen a world record unfold before your very eyes?
Ever catch one on video?
Last summer, in Finland, I did both.
The “buzz” afterwards was that it was the equivalent of Roger Banister breaking (1956) the four-minute mile barrier.
Pushing the limits, even if it’s simply walking in your very first 5k, is what doing the impossible is all about. It’s about you, your goals, and going after them.
A year ago today, August 1, 2009, I was passing through Paris on the way to Helsinki. Here’s a 30-second look back in time, as I make good on a childhood dream and a promise: