in nyt story today about old runners and drugs, they talk to a 95-year-old sprinter, Frank Levine. he’s pushing 100, and still fiercely competing in the 800 meter run.
after running a recent race, this is what he said:
“Everything I can do, I did. Every ounce of strength, every mental effort. In my mind, if I knew it was a possibility that I would die because I was speeding or pushing, I think I would do it. Stupidity, but I think that’s true of a lot of athletes.”
it makes me happy to know that you can still be a true believer at age 95. i want to be frank when i grow up.