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post #1 of 25
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...I have ever done."

- Lance Armstrong on his experience of the New York City Marathon.

What is the hardest physical thing YOU have ever done?
post #2 of 25
The Toronto Waterfront Marathon (which I did last summer).

I have done lots of sports and some comps (track and filed, bodybuilding, trail running, mountain bike racing), but nothing compares to the agony of running 42km, especially on a very hot and humid day (85-90F). It took me over 4.5 hours and I doubt I will ever do that again.

I was very, very impressed with Lance's time. Doing it under 3 hours is a major accomplishment for anyone. Lance would probably confirm that bike riding (including mountain bike riding) doesn't even come close to the impact running has on the body. It can be brutal.
post #3 of 25
1. Climbing Mts
2. Boston Marathon 3 hours 2 min.
post #4 of 25
Giving birth, then doing it again several years later.
post #5 of 25
the hardest physical and mental thing i have ever done if by far my black belt testing. It was no 2 hour taekwando test with a 1 hour written exam.
No, mine was 48 hours non stop, no sleep, little water and a few oranges to keep me going. Hours upon hours of doing forms as hard as possible, endless drills,, annything that would tax your mind and your body (break falls, pushups while reciting the codes of isshinryu, throwing techniques as hard as you can, every time, fighting till you had tunnel vision. After 36 hours of 60 other black belts working you out till you broke, then you fight, full bore for an hour to 2. In that time frame i dislocated my already injured shoulder twice, got 2 ribs cracked, a concussion, broken toes and a messed up knuckle or 2. I passed out from sheer exhaustion after being promoted. The only thing that kept me going were my brothers, the other guys i was testing with. After a year of working out till you could barely stand, you become something different.

By far the hardest thing i have ever done, and possibly will do
post #6 of 25
LCS: Giving birth, then doing it again several years later.

Not that I have any idea what giving birth must be like, but I think I would gladly run a marathon (and then some) instead.
post #7 of 25
I broke my arm right at the shoulder joint several years back. At the ER they had to x-ray it ever which way, which involved positioning my arm in various ways for them to get the right angle or whatever. I was ready to faint from the pain. The doctor was intent on saving my bike jersey -- he did, and he managed to get it off me in one piece, even though I was begging for him to cut it off. I've bonked on a couple bike rides, and I've stumbled down the last mile or so on various hikes, but I've never had tears streaming down my cheeks like I did that day.
post #8 of 25
Move 9 tons of asphalt rubble from inside finished concrete driveway molds and refill it with crushed bluestone, starting Saturday noon in time for the concrete truck 7am Monday.

"Friend" contractors. Yah. The Old Dominion 100 was cake compared to that Sunday.
post #9 of 25
I think you guys are missing the point here. Injuries or giving birth are in a different category. Clearly they would "win" every time, since they are painful and we have no choice in the matter.

I think the discussion is about people pushing themselves to the limits of pain and endurance voluntarily.
post #10 of 25
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Originally Posted by madmanmlh View Post
the hardest physical and mental thing i have ever done if by far my black belt testing. It was no 2 hour taekwando test with a 1 hour written exam.
No, mine was 48 hours non stop, no sleep, little water and a few oranges to keep me going. Hours upon hours of doing forms as hard as possible, endless drills,, annything that would tax your mind and your body (break falls, pushups while reciting the codes of isshinryu, throwing techniques as hard as you can, every time, fighting till you had tunnel vision. After 36 hours of 60 other black belts working you out till you broke, then you fight, full bore for an hour to 2. In that time frame i dislocated my already injured shoulder twice, got 2 ribs cracked, a concussion, broken toes and a messed up knuckle or 2. I passed out from sheer exhaustion after being promoted. The only thing that kept me going were my brothers, the other guys i was testing with. After a year of working out till you could barely stand, you become something different.

By far the hardest thing i have ever done, and possibly will do
Sounds like the black belt test at my former school, that's pretty core.

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The hardest physical thing I've had to do is probably double and triple sessions of football in 90 degree heat. It sucks!
post #11 of 25
First-Cooper River Bridge run, now the Ravenel Bridge run, Charleston, SC. Can't wait to run the new bridge.......

Second-Dragging a stout seven point half a mile up the steep 45 degree grade of a small mountain to the tote road. Took the critter around 08:30, made it to the tote road about 11:00. Thankfully, it was extremely cold at Rainy Mountain on the Chatooga River. One shoots an animal uphill, to be dragged down......duuhhhh!
post #12 of 25
Pacific Crest Trail, Continetal Divide Trail. Lots of work, but also incredible adventures both. Desert heat, rain, snow, crampons, 14,000 foot peaks, very worthwhile. Sometimes question sanity along the way, but got to be in top physical condition after about 1 month on trail. Still got the Applachian left to do some day.
post #13 of 25
Backpacking for 2 weeks.
post #14 of 25
just reread my post, sorry, it was way more than a year, just a year at that one rank, it was 7 years before i tested
1 year to my current rank, that would be a joke
post #15 of 25
NYC marathon in 2003! First and last! nuuf said!!

Terry
post #16 of 25
The Death Ride at the summer solstice: 230 mile Durango to Durango loop over 5 passes up to 11k, through Silverton, Ridway, Telluride, Rico, Dolores, Mancos.....but died after 13 hours in the saddle & 130 miles and all the passes and in a headwind for four hours solo after getting dropped by racer 'friends'. : The elite big dawgs do the whole ride in about my time in the saddle. Just a normal day for the Tour de France riders, though.

Paddled over 150 miles in 10 days (a trip most take 14 days) and with over 40 portages on the Blood Vein one of the Canadian Heritage rivers in the wilderness. The last hour into serious winds and white caps getting to the take out near Lake Winnipeg before a major storm. Lost 10 lbs as a bonus.
post #17 of 25
As far as physical things:

Boston Marathon - training runs I did I actually hit "the wall". That was a strange awful feeling. My whole body stiffened up while I was running - not just legs or whatever. The race itself was a magical tremendous time and since I had trained on the course, not as bad actually. Just the last 4 miles was a little blurry. Lost 5 toenails - that was kind of nasty.

I did a 120+ mile bike ride when I was 15, but it was more fun at the time. I didn't know any better
post #18 of 25
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Originally Posted by TomB View Post
I think you guys are missing the point here. Injuries or giving birth are in a different category. Clearly they would "win" every time, since they are painful and we have no choice in the matter.

I think the discussion is about people pushing themselves to the limits of pain and endurance voluntarily.
Okay, since giving birth au naturel (at home) is disqualified, then the 3 NYC marathons were the hardest physical challenge I've endured ('78, '79 '83.)

BUT, when asked mid- labor if labor was easier than the marathon, I told my sister-in-law that I could do several marathons in exchange!
post #19 of 25
July & August on the farm.
post #20 of 25
get myself out of bed and showered when I had chronic fatigue....

Minimum 1/2 hour to sit up... 1/2 hour more to stand.... showers usually resulted in sitting on a towel on the bathroom floor until I recovered enough to CRAWL back to the bedroom.... Washing hair resulted in tears of frustration because I could not hold my arms up long enough to do the job....

Once you got washed you needed to lie on the bed for an hour or so to rest... then you go through the battle of crawling back to upright again if you want to put clothes on!
I can still clearly recall the other end of a 25 metre swimming pool being so far away it was madness... and the humiliation of having to get a life guard to haul me out of the pool when I just could not do it!
post #21 of 25
Oh and you just KNEW it was going to be the same story... tomorrow... the nexct day... the day after that... etc... you never got a day off from the pain and fatigue.... nothing helped....
post #22 of 25
Hardest physical thing I've ever done was play 4 90 minute (apiece) ultimate matches in a row on a day with 97 degree heat and heavy humidity without a hint of a breeze.
post #23 of 25
Not drowning. When I was akid I was boogie boarding on Block Island. Looking out to sea waiting for the bog wave to come in. After a while I realized there were no waves coming in at all. I turned around and the beach was really far away. I paddled and paddled and made on progress at all. Finally I ditched the board and started swimming. If it had been any farther I doubt I would have made it. I crawled onto the beach. Thank you YMCA.
post #24 of 25
Quote:
Originally Posted by TomB View Post
I think you guys are missing the point here. Injuries or giving birth are in a different category. Clearly they would "win" every time, since they are painful and we have no choice in the matter.

I think the discussion is about people pushing themselves to the limits of pain and endurance voluntarily.
1) a woman can choose to get pregnant
2) a woman cab choose to stay pregannt
2) a woman can choose the method of delivery

seems to me naturel birth counts
post #25 of 25
I once did 600 pushups in one night (not really by choice....)
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