Tag Archives: swimming

Six feet under is bad enough, but being twelve feet under feels worse

Yesterday during swim training I paused in the middle of the workout to don fins and do some kick work. After a dozen or so lengths swimming on my back, I stopped to remove the fins and one of them … Continue reading

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Early morning pool brain

“You’re too snuggly,” my wife admitted at 4:45 this morning when her cellphone alarm began beeping a third time. Guilty as charged. I had my arm over her warm body under the covers. The sweet smell of her hair in … Continue reading

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80 pushups in the morning and 80 pushups before bed is how an 88-year young man I just met stays in shape these days

While changing after swimming at the fitness center I looked over at a gent sitting on the bench near me and asked, “How’s your day going?” He stood up, looked me right in the eye and said, “Pretty well, and … Continue reading

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Ego interferes with common sense when it comes to something as basic as warming up.

I have advice for anyone training for anything. Go easy on yourself for those first two or three miles or the first ten minutes. At any age, the body and mind need time to warm up. But in our data-obsessed … Continue reading

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The thoughts that bubble up in your mind

I’ll probably never be an Instagram star because my brain doesn’t work through algorithms or abide in the Principles of the One-Trick Pony. That is, my mind is too random and perhaps too creatively obsessed to attract the types of … Continue reading

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Questions about being an elitist asshole

Back when I competed for every inch of advantage in the world of running, I was a bit merciless in my regard for other competitors. In the first mile of a five-mile race I would ultimately win while setting a … Continue reading

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No longer a fool in the pool

Today I felt good in the water. Perhaps you know the feeling too. After weeks or months or years of swimming, running or riding, you reach a point where things come together a bit. You feel the flow. My wife … Continue reading

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A good stretch is hardly a stroke of luck in the pool

Definition; a stroke of luck: something good that happens to you by chance I headed to the swimming pool today because a rain storm threatened to swamp our region by mid afternoon. Part of me was considering a mountain bike ride, but with … Continue reading

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Putting my pool face on

We got up to swim this morning. It was the first time in two weeks I’ve been to the pool. Now that the tooth and face infection is over, I can get back in the pool to prepare for a … Continue reading

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I don’t plan too heavy or too far ahead

I kind of take training as it becomes available. For example, that’s me doing some heavy lifting with a local tree. All part of the natural regimen I keep. But seriously… We got to the pool this morning at 6:00 … Continue reading

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