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Lane 8 Vision

If your goal isn’t impossible

Disney speaker jeff noel
From the top of the highest ski jump ramp in Lahti, Finland – site of the 2009 (i turned 50) Masters Track and Field World Championships.

If your goal isn’t impossible, you’re not reaching high enough.

jn

My goal was (and still is) to run from Lane 8, the worst lane in the 400 meters.

Lane 8 is assigned to the slowest runner.

Lane 8, because the runners stay in their lane the entire race (one lap), are blind to the rest of the competition.

The worst lane.

And i don’t care if i come in last.

Think about it.

Lane 8.

In the finals.

At the World Championships.

Come in dead last and still be the 8th fastest in the world.

Pretty cool.

Impossible, really.

Which is perfect.

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Maybe It's Impossible

Barrier breakers

Barrier breakers.

The two-hour marathon barrier was broken yesterday.

Carefully orchestrated, precisely executed, decently promoted.

The time won’t count as a world record because so many factors were manipulated to facilitate the achievement.

Even so, a human ran the distance and the time.

Things are only impossible until it’s done the first time.

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Common Sense Is Elusive

You need endurance for the practice

ASCA swimming 2018
Same applies to swimming…any sport.

 

You might challenge me and say sprinters don’t need endurance training.

Here’s my reply…

You need endurance for the practices to get you to the 100-meter finals.

You need endurance for your warmups.

You need endurance because you’re an athlete.

Go.

 

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Buzz Worthy?

Recently won a bronze medal at the Masters Track & Field Indoor World Championships

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Lane 8 is the worst lane in the 400-meter sprint. The slowest runner is placed there.

 

In April 1999, i began running one mailbox a day for a week.

Each new week for many months i’d add an additional mailbox.

Mailboxes in my neighborhood are 100 meters apart.

So in four weeks for example, i was running 400 meters total without stopping – the equivalent of one lap around a High School track.

Pretty impressive, right?

In 2002 i ran my first 5k.

In 2005, i competed in my first Masters Track event in Orlando.

i got hooked on the karma older athletes demonstrate.

Fast forward a decade and i represented USA in the M50-54 age group at 400 meters at the 2009 Masters Track & Field Outdoor World Championships in Finland.

Finished as the World’s 43rd fastest M50-54 400-meter sprinter.

Telling you that to provide context for this…

Recently won a bronze medal at the Masters Track & Field Indoor World Championships.

 

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Comeback 2015

2015 Masters Track & Field World Championships compilation video

 

A reminder to not let crushed dreams stop us.

2015 Masters Track & Field World Championships compilation video.

i am there in spirit.

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