Financial and spiritual prep for the ITU World Championship

Once I learned that I am heading to Spain on TeamUSA, I made some assumptions.  Numero Uno on that list was that my family was responsible for paying for everything associated with that event.  I knew that TeamUSA only funds small components of the actual event, no different than most Olympic athletes. That put my … Continue reading Financial and spiritual prep for the ITU World Championship

Putting your soul in order

As we age, our bodies changes. We watch our friends and acquaintances succumb to age, weight gain, bad luck and bad decisions....interestingly, it takes most of us way too long time to conclude that most of these outcomes are really bad decisions, not bad luck.  There is a temptation to play the denial card. "this … Continue reading Putting your soul in order

First race since my injury-lessons learned.

Here is an anecdotal summary of the event. Weather-we started the race in the upper 60s and it ended in the 70s. There was a noticeable wind when cycling, but not when running. Conditions-with the exception of 215 hills while cycling, it was quite flat. OK-I didn’t count the hills, but there were very few … Continue reading First race since my injury-lessons learned.

Three is a crowd

The injection of “new” into the human experience is best handled in increments.  What does that mean?  Try learning to be a pitcher and a catcher at the same time or learn how to tie trout flies and maneuver a sail boat in the same session, and tell me how that goes…. For whatever stupid … Continue reading Three is a crowd

How Michelle Kwan influenced my attitude

I was reading how Michelle Kwan  left figure skating.  An article in a news rag documented that she now does yoga, rollerblading, swimming and running, it made me ponder what that was like and how she came to peace with it.  The pictures of her show her happy and engaged in life.  She displayed no … Continue reading How Michelle Kwan influenced my attitude

What keeps me running.

This am, as I usually do most mornings, I went outside and talked to God, with my dog nearby, and I spoke of my struggles and my gratitude for what I have.Next, I go inside, get a cup of hot tea, and go to the reading chair.  It is a recliner in the house that … Continue reading What keeps me running.

Change and its enemy, Delay. Opposites don’t attract.

 Jeff and his Nepali friends, holding up the Charlotte Observer, back in 2005 I am noticing that as aging occurs, change diminishes in frequency, AND it takes more outside pressure for it to happen. For something like a decade, I have been saying, "I need to get back to taking care of myself and setting some … Continue reading Change and its enemy, Delay. Opposites don’t attract.

Recovery from Pain while trying to get better

 Me on the Appalachian TrailBefore Christmas, I came down with a serious pain in my right foot.  I tried to push through it, and it got worse.  It was diagnosed as Plantar Fasciitis (PF). Healing from this has tied in with Yoga and Pilates.  In my case, the root cause was an incorrect gait while running … Continue reading Recovery from Pain while trying to get better

June 1 – No fun but I saw what I was learning

Started  June1 at 4:30 am, with a group of boy scouts.  I ate a dutch oven meal that included potatoes, sausage, eggs and butter.  Felt it in my stomach all day.  LESSON:  huge Breakfasts don't work. Walked 20 miles on the Bartram Trail in Western NC.  Non-eventful exercise and hits the category of downright easy.  … Continue reading June 1 – No fun but I saw what I was learning