Monday, June 22, 2009

Ridiculous, Yet Awesome.

I saw this quote today from John F. Kennedy...

We choose to do half-ironmans not because they are easy, but because they are hard…
…because they serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills…
…and because the olympic distance is just a workout.


I got it from a video I saw online, and they attributed John F. Kennedy with saying it. I think it's a big lie, since triathlon wasn't really around way back when, and when I did a little googling, I wasn't able to match it up...and the video was a little silly anyway. Regardless, the quote was awesome. As was the video.

If you know who said it or can verify that JFK did in fact, say it, please let me know.

In the 5 years that I have been running and the 2 years that I have been doing triathlons, it always surprises me when I can go out and run an 13 miles like it was a walk in the park. It is amazing what your body can adapt to and what can become easy.

I started running on February 14, 2004 (the day I got my puppy) and was barely able to run 1 mile without stopping. 5 years later, I race the half-iron distance because "the olympic is just a workout". If I can do it, anyone can.

4 comments:

Tommy said...

Sounds like it was adapted from a great JFK speech at Rice University about the space race (below). And yes, he was assassinated long before triatlon was invented. But I totally agree with the sentiment regarding the half-iron! I could barely puff out a mile on a treadmill in Jan 2006 in the middle of a long busy season at Pdub. Now I am amazed at what we can do. Go Team!

"We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win, and the others, too.” (President John F. Kennedy)

Love and Puppies, Christy said...

Hahahaha - you're a genius Tommy!!

Marchand Family said...

Wow TB...athletic, handsome, witty AND smart!! Christy-you scored!

Love and Puppies, Christy said...

Swoon!!