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2007 Boston Marathon and Weems' Sports Diamond

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Not skiing technique related in any way, so mods, feel free to move to another forum. The 2007 Boston Marathon was held on Monday April 16th, in the midst of one of the worst nor'easters to hit New England in a very long time. Temperatures on Monday were in the 40s, with a cold wind-driven rain. I stepped outside my office (only a few miles off the marathon course) that morning and couldn't imagine being outside in that for hours on end.

And yet, according to today's Boston Globe, 98.6% of the runners finished. That's a higher finishing percentage then they see in most years. The winning time was a mere seven minutes slower then the record time, despite having to run into 20, 30mph headwinds the whole way.

I was re-reading Weem's Sports Diamond book the other day, and that this event went off so smoothly, that so many runners finished, that so many volunteers manned the aid stations on course, that the winning times were so fast... Tens of thousands of people, a tiny fraction of whom get paid or win anything, and it was pulled off flawlessly. I can't think of a finer example of Weems' 'will' corner. I think there's something we can all learn from that when we're on the slopes. That 'will' corner is way stronger then I think most of us give it credit for.
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Did you see Starman? Jeff Bridges says that his race is interested in humans because "they are at thier best when things are at thier worst" or something to that effect. Some truth in that for sure.
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Does this remind you guys of ESA Stowe 2006?
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Bad Weather is the best way to test and enhance Will. It brings out amazing resources within.

I just rode my motorcycle through one of the nastiest windiest rainstorms, and found stuff inside that just astonished me. And it wasn't about heedless Will expressed as blind, stupid courage. It was much more than that.

ESA Stowe was magnificent because of the collective Will of the group!

Thanks KevinF. You got it!
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KevinF, what a great observation!

Will, exercised with wisdom, is man's most powerful tool. "I will!" "We will!" It is the fundamental source of all invention and every cure. In skiing, there are some who say, "I will never be able to..." and as long as they say that or think that, they're right. But, if they change and see that as a target worth striving to reach, it becomes, "I will become like..." Or simply, "I will!" And transformation begins.
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