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A Blessed Day For Sure


Started my day putting air in my tires, voting and doing a three-mile walk. Along the way I ran into my girl Roz two days off of her New York Marathon run this past Sunday. She walked yesterday and today. Gotta love her! Warm and sunny just a day to feel blessed. Happy Tuesday!

 

The closest I'm getting to an NYC marathon metal. Thanks Roz!

The closest I’m getting to an NYC marathon metal. Thanks Roz!

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Todays Sermon: 1 Corinthian 9:27


“No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize” 1 Corinthian 9:27 (NIV Bible)

 

Wow this was the premise of todays sermon. I thought Christian or not, this was a powerful sentiment and really resonated with me. I’m the boss of me and there are things I need to handle. Stay the course and do what you need to so you don’t lose the prize. So many ways to take this passage and they are all meaningful to me right now. No more games, have to be serious.

What do you think?

Why Can’t Black People Swim?


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Okay if you want to hear really stupid things google them. I looked out of curiosity and because we had a very unsuccessful swim event for kids last evening. Now without debating a myriad of silly issues about swimming I am going to say that the sports that get the least attention in some communities have the fewest participants. Who knows how to swim and how do they learn?

I grew up in Manhattan, the only child of a father who was afraid of the water and a mother who knew how to swim. I did not have a local Y to go to or any indoor pool that I can remember. Occasionally we went to public pools but not often. Yet I have been in the water my whole life. Probably because my mother loved the water and she passed that information on to me.

So dispensing with a lot of other theories, I think that you only know about swimming what you are exposed to.

Currently I am enjoying a Facebook page dedicated to Black Triathletes. Before you say why is that page necessary, it’s to offer support and spread the word about a sport that may still be unknown to many minority people with athletic aspirations. Swimming is often the topic of conversation because many people haven’t learned how to swim.

So much work to do. Pass the word, swimming is fun and may save your life one day. If you live in New Jersey and can come to Newark, let me know we have a beautiful pool, a Master swim team and would love to have you learn to swim!

JFK Pool Newark, NJ

Don’t Let Illness Force Your Fitness


So most of you know that I’m 63 and that this past summer before my birthday was my first triathlon season. And yes I’m proud and happy and all that good stuff. Yet every morning when I get my day started I have to take several pills that for now help to keep my situation in control. So I thought this morning as I was pumping it around the track in the park (I’m a walker), lots of things could have been better if I had done this my whole life.

Like many during my 20’s and 30’s  and 40’s I was an episodic athlete. Usually it was tied to an upcoming event or something that I considered a tragedy at the time. Once the situation was over I usually fell back into my more challenging habits. Somewhere around 50 (it’s a blur now) I received an early morning call from my Doctor saying that my blood sugar was elevated. Dang I could see that one coming. Diabetic father and many of his family members combined with my over weight and bad eating habits. Hmn…. no surprise.

My point today is that perhaps I couldn’t have prevented the eventual diagnosis but I sure could have tried. A healthy lifestyle should be a life long pursuit. Kudos to those of you with family, and work responsibilities as well as pursuing a healthy lifestyle. I know the athletic part is tough and is usually the first to suffer. Tired and all. But I can’t help but think in the long run it is essential. Like I said, don’t let illness force your fitness.

What Is Your Excuse?


The Truth Warrior

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We can all dream of living the life of maybe a singer, an actor. a writer, a musician, a teacher or maybe just traveling the world. However many of us can block ourselves from pursuing our hearts desires because of the excuses we tell ourselves and the excuses we believe to be the truth.

These excuses can range from;

“I’m too old”
 
“I don’t have the time”
 
“I don’t have the money”  
 
“ I’m too young”
 
“I’m not creative enough”
  
“It won’t work out”  
 
“I have too much to do”  
 
“It’s just not practical”
 
“I’m too tired”   
 
“I will not succeed in this”   
 
“I’m not good enough”
  
“It’s not realistic”

 

I can see in my own life that I have been guilty of some of these excuses. I have found it fascinating the…

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Dirty, Rotten, No Good, Lying Piece of Swatch!


Wetsuit or Not?


Do you wear a wetsuit for open water swimming (OWS)?  This past season I borrowed a wetsuit from dear Roz and used it for my one and only open water training swim. I was so busy focusing on the process that I can’t say how the suit felt. I decided not to wear it for either of my first two sprints.  Would it have made a difference? I’m not sure. My swim performances were less than stellar. Especially since I swim four to five says a week in the summer. But I wasn’t tired in either swim. Just slow. They both took longer than they should but I attribute that to poor training on my part. I was so freaked about riding that I concentrated on that and let my swimming kind of go.

The people who I know that swear by wetsuits see swimming as the necessary evil of triathlon. Like I feel on the bike, I just want to get it done. Don’t care how it looks just do it. So would the added buoyancy have made me faster? I doubt it. So will I get a wetsuit next season? Probably because I intend to do one earlier and one later that last season and the water may be chilly. We’ll see. What do you think? Read the rest of this entry

What is You Resting Heart Rate?


Your resting heart rate is a tool that determines how efficient your heart is pumping blood. The more athletic you are the lower the rate will can be. Now the article I read said that if your RHR (resting heart rate) is below 60 or above 100 you should check in with your Doctor particularly if you have any symptoms including nausea and dizziness. On my recent to the cardiologist my resting heart rate was 64 which according to the chart I read is excellent for my age.

Definitely a result of all the training I did for the triathlons. Makes it all worth it I think.

My Path To Triathlon


So how exactly did I get here? An admitted lifelong couch potato I have had episodic bouts of fitness over the last 62 years but nothing consistent enough to call a way of life. Honestly I’m not sure how I got here. I guess Roz was the biggest moving force. She took the rest of us to a Triwomen meeting and we began our triathlon journey. When I began swimming with my team BrickCity Masterswim, my intention was to improve my swimming and that’s it. The next thing you know I am volunteering at Iron Girl, Sandy Hook and I became intrigued. The next year I signed up and due to health issues I couldn’t do it. This year I did two sprints.

After spending time with my swim family it just seemed like a natural progression. I swore that if I just finished both times, I wouldn’t do it again but I’m getting ready to sign up for 2015. Perhaps this has become my new way of life.