No, there was no four-minute barrier
~ 07 May 2004 ~
Without heroes, who would warrant our applause?
I hold numerous heroes and heroines in high respect. I applaud their accomplishments and welcome the inspiration they exude.
One of these heroes is the legendary Roger Bannister. Yesterday marked an historic event—the 50th anniversary of Roger Bannister’s four-minute mile; 3:59.4 in timed precision.
More important than triumph over the fourth minute, however, is the shattering of a seemingly insurmountable barrier; one that was perceived as physical yet, in reality, existed merely in the minds of human beings and not on the track on which they ran.
In fact, within only two months of the first four-minute mile, John Landy broke Bannister’s record, further proving the barrier was far more psychological than physical. Countless others followed in the ensuing years.
How incredibly inspiring.
How it inspires me to realize most of the barriers that hold me back from fulfilling my greatest dreams are quite often perceived barriers, as intangible as the air we breathe.
The record today? Just under 3:45. May we safely say, then, that “No, there was no four-minute barrier”? Absolutely.
In tribute, the Authentic Boredom masthead will carry Roger’s name and barrier-shattering record through May 13. His accomplishment deserves a lifetime of gratitude from myself and (hopefully) others. Thank you, Roger.
NOTES1. A targeted Google search yields a wealth of related information.
2. In case you’re listening, Roger, I own rogerbannister.com and .org. I’d love to offer the domains for a worthy cause.
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