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Oldtimer's flashback. Ever been timed in the 40 yard dash?


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Pre USNA physical fitness test. It was on a frozen parking lot in Keds or sumsuch (there weren't many sneaker options then) in Rochester in February, or so. According to my lacrosse coach, I ran 3 x 5.0 second 40s.

On the field, I was pretty quick, don't ever remember getting caught from behind by one of those flyweight middies.

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Just now, Bikeguy said:

Was I timed?  Most likely.  Do I remember my time.  No..  I'm old.

I think I only remember mine because I remember thinking at the time that it was odd that all three times were the same.

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No not timed 40’s. My timed runs were 2 mile in the Army (low 12 minute PR) & 1 mile in the police academy (6:02 PR).  Never did timed sprints.  

In the academy we did a sprint game where we would get in two lines. One line was the crooks, the other was the cops.   Crooks would get a 2 second head start & then the cops would pursue. We ran to a point about 50 yards away.   If you were a cop & didn’t catch your crook 50 push ups.  If you were a crook & got caught 50 push ups.

We would do two rotations  in each line and I never once did push ups doing that game.

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