racingpast.ca. He was once a teammate of Lasse Viren at BYU.
Asking John's permission to use his comments on the poem, he replied,
" George: You are welcome to do that—as long as you think my notes aren’t too “teacherly.” There’s a lot more I could have written about the poem. For example, why did he choose to mention Heartbreak Hill? Why did he spend so much time describing the landscape in the third poem? John"
" John, I'd also like to know why Wilbur didn't add to the poem as he progressed further down the aging path. Perhaps he wrote so many other poems he forgot about this one? Or he sensed it was complete. How much would we give to be 48 again and full of the fire of youth? When he used the word 'port' in the first poem to describe the runners' arms, I sensed the military term 'port arms' which is a postion a soldier holds a rifle in front of himself as he runs or double times with the rifle. The arms come up and are bent much as if you were running long distance. George"