Interim Head, Division of Education, Human Development, and Social Sciences. Associate Professor of Kinesiology.
Pennsylvania State University - Altoona College

 

My biggest fear is not crashing on a bike…It’s sitting in a chair at 90 and saying, ‘I wish I had done more’.

Graeme Obree, “The Flying Scotsman,” who in 1993 and 1994 twice broke the world hour record in cycling.

At some point, he “tumbled down the stairs of his wits,” and during his last years he became a pathetic figure, walking the streets of Albany and muttering to himself, perhaps living over in a dream the exhilarating days when he climbed alone to wilderness summits where no man had ever been before him.

Frank Graham, Jr. on Verplanck Colvin, great Adirondack explorer.

In the context of the endurance sports practice, however, a practice requiring a mortal physicality that grows then erodes throughout all human narratives, an unbending, unsympathetic commitment to beating “the whole population of the globe,” or to not trying at all, is significantly more suspect than one that exudes a commitment to the dynamic and continuous remaking of the self.

Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.

Abraham Lincoln

The question is not what you look at, but what you see.

Henry David Thoreau

It’s hard to find a place in the world where you can disappear.

R.J. Sauer on why he participates in the Iditarod Trail Invitational, a 1,100 mile biking/hiking race from Anchorage to Nome, Alaska.

Cyclical chaos is the catalyst of synergistic organization.

But even after admitting this—and I have, countless times, in just about every act I’ve committed—and coming face-to-face with these truths, there is no catharsis. I gain no deeper knowledge about myself, no new understanding can be extracted from my telling. There has been no reason for me to tell you any of this. This confession has meant nothing…

Bret Easton Ellis, American Psycho (1991)

A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines.

Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Self Reliance”, 1841

We become just by doing just acts, temperate by doing temperate acts, [and] brave by doing brave acts.

Aristotle - Book II of the Nicomachean Ethics