Saturday, May 31, 2008

One for Wes

Most of you know this guy - Wes this one is for you.... Good luck in your training for IRONMAN starting tomorrow 1 June 2008:

Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more;
Or close the wall up with our English dead.
In peace there's nothing so becomes a man
As modest stillness and humility:
But when the blast of war blows in our ears,
Then imitate the action of the tiger;
Stiffen the sinews, summon up the blood,
Disguise fair nature with hard-favour'd rage;
Then lend the eye a terrible aspect;
Let pry through the portage of the head
Like the brass cannon; let the brow o'erwhelm it
As fearfully as doth a galled rock
O'erhang and jutty his confounded base,
Swill'd with the wild and wasteful ocean.
Now set the teeth and stretch the nostril wide,
Hold hard the breath and bend up every spirit
To his full height. On, on, you noblest English**.
Whose blood is fet from fathers of war-proof!
Fathers that, like so many Alexanders,
Have in these parts from morn till even fought
And sheathed their swords for lack of argument:
Dishonour not your mothers; now attest
That those whom you call'd fathers did beget you.
Be copy now to men of grosser blood,
And teach them how to war. And you, good yeoman,
Whose limbs were made in England*, show us here
The mettle of your pasture; let us swear
That you are worth your breeding; which I doubt not;
For there is none of you so mean and base,
That hath not noble lustre in your eyes.
I see you stand like greyhounds in the slips,
Straining upon the start. The game's afoot:
Follow your spirit, and upon this charge
Cry 'God for Harry, England, and Saint George!'

** For Wes this should obviously read American
* Again for Wes please read America.....


  1. That is so sweet. Thanks, girlfriend!! I love all that history stuff, being a big fan of medieval and Napoleonic History! Liz is going to nurse me through August to get past all these "little" races, then Ironman training begins in earnest. LOL! She already has me doing a 2.5 hour ride next week!!

    I'm so excited about your upcoming 70.3. I know you are going to do SO well!!! Make sure we get bib numbers and such!!!

    {Georgia Bear Hug :-)}

  2. Haha! That was so nice! Special the little "*"

  3. Oh on your question.. no tri plans yet. Just varying the training routine around!

  4. This is going to be exciting for our buddy!