Sir Roger Bannister: I went in to my hospital in London, St. Mary’s, and I didn’t do rounds.  But, I was a clinical student.  But, what I did was I went into the physiological technician’s lab and I sharpened the spikes. Because those were sticky tracks made of electricity ash with oil in them.  Your spikes, which were really quite long then, would catch the material of the track and your shoe would get heavier.  I was simply filing them down and rubbing some graphite on the spikes, so that I thought I would run more effectively. I then got a train up to Oxford.  I then had lunch with some long-term friends and then spent the rest of the afternoon looking at the weather and going through.  It was so strange really to be able to withhold the decision.  You might think that you have to have it in your mind, be actually honed on doing it continuously.  But in my case that wasn’t true.