Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Eye of the Tiger

Behold, the training montage from my very favorite Rocky movie of all, the delightfully cheesy Rocky IV. Rocky boxes against Russian Ivan Drago, to avenge his friend Apollo Creed and, of course, for America. The training montage - a staple of all Rocky films - contrasts the high-tech experience of Ivan Drago with the honest hard work of Rocky.

I have to admit, I often pretend that I am in this training montage myself. Usually, I am Rocky. I'm the honest, hard working athlete. No need for fancy technology for me - I'm out there running in the snow, chopping blocks of wood, dragging Pauly on a sled behind me.

But when I'm forced to exercise indoors on the hated treadmill, it makes the time go a little more pleasantly if I pretend that I am the Russian. Scientists from across the country have banded together to create the optimal training experience for me. Computers measure the length of my stride, my footfalls, my speed, all to make me the ultimate athlete. I am practically a machine, I am so strong. She is not a woman, she is like a piece of iron! I must break you.


Running Knitter said...

Love the video and your analogy. You are a piece of iron!

Marcy said...

LOL How funny that you post this. I was watching that same Rocky not too long ago. I like to think of myself as Pauly when it comes to exercise :P

RazZDoodle said...

Funny. I pretend I'm Burgess Meredith when I run.

bill carter said...

Hi Betsy

This was a really cool post. You had me laughing with the image of you outside in a big overcoat chopping wood... what we have to endure to stay in shape.

I have to admit that I don't really mind the treadmill and in fact give it some credit for my recovery from tough runs. But I do miss running outside on the trails.. but no wood chopping or sled pulling so far.

Jess said...

I think we have all used the Rocky montage to motivate ourselves. It does work wonders for the mojo!

The Laminator said...

That is so funny and so cool. Will use that the next time I am running without my garmin 305, my heart rate monitor, and my ipod shuffle. Wait...I guess I never go running without them. In that case, I might as well be the Russian. Ha ha. Great post. Thanks for sharing.