Can You Imagine Being A FitOldDog? The Power Of Imagination Is Remarkable.

FitOldDog in virtual reality.

FitOldDog points out, to Tara, things that aren’t really there (or are they?), in Greg’s remarkable Virtual Reality device. Photo by Greg Roberts (interesting guy).

Greg, in Virtual Reality (VR).

Greg, in Virtual Reality (VR). Check out his fascinating blog via this link.

“Facts and ideas are dead in themselves and it is the imagination that gives life to them.” W.I.B. Beverage, cited by Maria Popova.

“The miracle isn’t that I finished [or didn’t, in FitOldDog’s case!]. The miracle is that I had the courage to start.” John Bingham.

Don’t underestimate the power of imagination, and the value of inspiration from others. In fact, I read inspiring stories everyday, on Facebook, where people tell tales of their survival from aortic disease, including massive dissections, bursting aneurysms, and the like. And they talk about how they plan to overcome the pain and fear, and get on with their lives again. Impresses the hell out of me. I just went through a couple of endovascular aortic repairs (EVAR), and was able to get back on the Ironman course in no time. No big deal compared to an aortic dissection. One of the most powerful tools available to such people is their imagination.

Photo of FitOldDog and Greg with finisher medals for the 2014 Eagleman Half Ironman race.

Greg (left in blue), another inspiring person. He imagines!!!! Imagine that. And he’s a great athlete, too!

If you want to know about imagination, just watch Greg’s excitement about virtual reality.

I’m going to need all the imagination I’ve got next year. I had a great year, in 2013, and a really tough 2014. But I’m getting my training plan back on track, being pushed along by all those inspiring people out there, and the power of imagination (imagine running like Dennis Kimetto, for instance). Life isn’t over ’till it’s over, so why don’t you have a dream. I don’t care what you’ve had to overcome, there is still some kind of life to create. Easier said than done, I know.

“You can run with the big dogs or sit on the porch and bark.” Wallace Arnold.

Let’s see what I can do in 2015.

Guess I’ll need a coach, though!

Can I find a virtual coach, I wonder?


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Disclaimer: As a veterinarian, I do not provide medical advice for human animals. If you undertake or modify an exercise program, consult your medical advisors before doing so. Undertaking activities pursued by the author does not mean that he endorses your undertaking such activities, which is clearly your decision and responsibility. Be careful and sensible, please.