If you could have an out-of-body experience (think of something like the movie John Malkovich) and perform any physical fitness feat in the world — what would you choose?
Three clarifying rules before you answer this hypothetical:
- You can only perform this feat ONCE (One-and-done, baby)
- This feat must be something you could NEVER perform successfully, even if you dedicated the rest of your life to it (think grandiose in your answer — not “I’d like to run a mile in under 7 minutes.”)
- It has to be humanly possible (not “I’d like to jump over a house!” or “I’d like to throw a football 300 yards!”)
I staged this hypothetical to Julia last night, and we had very different answers. She even called her sister Liz to solicit her answer(s).
Run the fastest 100m dash
Is there a more explosive, dominant, prestigious feat than saying:
“I’m the Fastest Human on the Planet!”
I really can’t see anything that could rival the experience of running 100 meters in less than 10 seconds. The average person really just can’t comprehend how fast this is. I imagine it feeling like being in a car, but my legs are moving. Insane.
Perform a Triple Axel in Figure Skating
The triple axel is a big deal in skating, and it’s almost mystical. It’s requires a massive amount of skill.
However, on this side of actually experiencing a triple axel — I don’t think my initial response would be: “WOW, that was the MOST ridiculous thing EVER!”
Other Answers we debated
- Climb Mount Everest
- Highest Pole Vault
- Gymnastics Floor Exercise
- Gymnastics Parallel Bars
- Run a 4 minute mile
What would you choose?