Quote Of The Day
“The biggest thing is you go from training, doing 30 miles a week, and you thought you were doing a lot. So when I was training and doing runs around the town, I thought I was doing it at a high level. But when I went to America it was tripled, we were doing 100 miles a week. I struggled with that. You struggle because you are continuously fatigued, and you’re discouraged because you can’t keep up because you’re not at the same level as the other boys who are used to doing it. And you’re young, and you’re body has to mature. It’s sort of like going to boot camp if you’re in the military. That struggle was about enduring, just getting through it.”
“The critics of it [the US collegiate system] say it kills a lot of athletes, kills them off, because it’s one-for-all and it’s not very scientific, and on that point they are correct. But having said that, I think that’s the normal attrition I would say in being a great athlete. You’ve got to endure it, you’ve got to get through it. I came out the other side of it. I’m sure other people would disagree and say a lot of people didn’t come out the other side. And they have a point but nevertheless I think it was warranted. But I did struggle the first year.”
– Irish mile national record holder and sports agent Ray Flynn talking about the challenging transition coming to the US from Ireland for college his freshman year.
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