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What's your greatest physical feat?

  1. Sep 13, 2011 #1
    Strength, endurance, speed, control, etc. -- what measure of sport have you most excelled in?
     
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  3. Sep 14, 2011 #2
    zapping faster than a bullet.
     
  4. Sep 14, 2011 #3
    I can take off my socks without taking off the shoes...=)
     
  5. Sep 14, 2011 #4
    I can emit gravitational field proportional to my mass.
     
  6. Sep 14, 2011 #5

    Chi Meson

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    I run downhill on trails, really, really fast. You should have seen me fifteen years ago, but you wouldn't have 'coz I was SO D&MN FAST!
     
  7. Sep 14, 2011 #6
    Give me a lever and a place to stand and I'll move the earth.
     
  8. Sep 14, 2011 #7

    Chi Meson

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    That's been done. Or, that's been would have been done if could be done, as it were. Mars makes a marvelous fulcrum I hear.
     
  9. Sep 14, 2011 #8

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    Smoking 40 cigarettes in a couple of hours.
     
  10. Sep 14, 2011 #9
    I was going to post something like arildno's reply, since high levels of strength, endurance, speed, control, etc. don't seem to apply to anything I've done (not that that applies to him). I do play tennis, but I'm not very good at it. And, I did quit smoking for a few days recently, but have smoked (let's see) ~ 11 cigarettes today. Then there's my falafel, the eating of which requires certain measures of endurance and control. But that's not quite a sport.

    Ok, I just remembered. I used to be a good baseball pitcher in high school. Had a mean split-finger fastball. Moved like a slider. We called it a forkball in those days. Remember Elroy Face of the Pittsburgh Pirates? Well, I wasn't as good as him, but for high school not bad.

    What's yours?
     
  11. Sep 14, 2011 #10
    after several years of strength training, i made a couple of personal bests last year, but certainly nothing approaching elite status.

    a few years post-puberty, i could do a forward flip off the ground and (just barely) land on my feet. did this at the community pool, where i could also swim the length forwards and back underwater without coming up for air.

    when i played trumpet, i could get as high as a G above high C.

    i am generally uncoordinated for most sports.
     
  12. Sep 14, 2011 #11
    I used to be very active in cross country cycling (still am to a certain degree, but no where as hardcore as I used to be). I used to train around a 30km road loop that involved both gravel and highway travel, with a moderately steep 2-3km uphill. The best time I managed on that was 45 minutes, which gives me an average speed of 40kph. The best I ever came in competition was first, in a number of races, but second whenever I competed with a friend of mine who no one could touch.

    I now rock climb a fair amount with relaxed trail biking on the side.
     
  13. Sep 14, 2011 #12

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    Endurance. During X-country season, I would run the entire course twice - the first lap for time, and the second lap wearing soft ankle weights for toning. Then, I'd alternately run and jog all the way back home (3 miles) because there were no late buses at my HS.
     
  14. Sep 14, 2011 #13
    Once during an all-star baseball game I dived over the fence to catch the ball. After the game the umpire awarded me the ball under his own volition.
     
  15. Sep 14, 2011 #14

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    I was the fastest kid running down the stairs from the 7th floor. 1, 2, 3, jump - trick was to catch the rail at correct moment, to be able to turn 180 degrees without losing speed.

    We couldn't race too often, for some reason people thought we were too noisy.
     
  16. Sep 14, 2011 #15

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    Walking two blocks with a pinched nerve in the base of my spinal column. Took me almost 30 minutes and I had to sit on the sidewalk twice, but I made it.
     
  17. Sep 14, 2011 #16

    Chi Meson

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    As the kids say:

    ftw!
     
  18. Sep 14, 2011 #17

    BobG

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    Actually, I think this is a pretty impressive accomplishment. It's hard to envision how that would work.

    I guess my best sport was cross country/distance track events. I was one of the top three in the city and almost good on an even higher level than that. In the end, though, I was just a very good runner that, once in a while, could run a great race.

    But the feats I was most proud of were on the soccer field. I actually enjoyed soccer (as opposed to running, which I did only because I was good at it and because I liked the coach and the team). My most impressive feat was scoring 4 goals and 3 assists in an indoor game - as the sweeper. Of course, indoor soccer is a lot different from outdoors with all of your players getting involved in offense and scoring is usually higher, so that's not nearly as impressive at would be in an outdoor game, but it was a fun night, none the less - especially the pass I intercepted inside the redline in my own defensive end where I followed the ball nearly to the offensive red line where my second touch was a move to beat a defender and my third touch was a goal in the upper right corner - that was pretty sweet and my favorite compliment on that goal was from one of my team mates who just said, "Nice defense".
     
  19. Sep 14, 2011 #18

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    Last year I completed a 100km endurance walk through mountainous national parks in 33 hours (with no sleep).

    This year I completed a 14km fun run from the city to the beach with an average run speed of 10km/hr (Heartbreak Hill Sux!).
     
  20. Sep 14, 2011 #19
    I've done pretty much everything mentioned in this thread (except the Evo's feat). Pretty ordinary. I never guessed these were extraordinary things for others.
     
  21. Sep 14, 2011 #20
    Are these supposed to be extraordinary?
     
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