Thursday, November 02, 2006

Inspiration from Baron Pierre De Coubertin

I was doing laps around the Veterans Memorial Park in Culver City, CA and came across a monument adorned with a plaque containing this quote:

"The most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well."
--Baron Pierre De Coubertin

After further research I found out that the quote is actually an excerpt of the Olympic Creed written by the Baron based on a speech of Bishop Ethelbert Talbot at a service for the Olympic Champions during the 1908 Olympic Games. The Baron was one of the key founders of the modern Olympic games. Los Angeles and nearby environs (such as Culver City) have many Olympic artifacts around town due to the fact that it is one of the few cities to have hosted the games twice. In fact my office building is located on Olympic Boulevard. I think the only other cities to have hosted the games twice are London and Athens. For more on the history of the Olympic games go here.

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Blogger Siren said...

Great quote - one of my favorites, actually : )

Thanks for the advice - it's nice to have a concrete number to compare to. I can actually run a nice, decently easy breathing pace for up to 30 minutes or so. It sounds like I should worry less about the HR monitor guidelines and more about what you said - how it feels. I like it!

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