This book provides a model on how to overcome some of the difficulties that confront all of us . Further, this read sheds a beacon of light on preventive measures for good physical and mental health. Research demonstrates that exercise is an important component in treating such ailments and debilitating illness such as depression, stroke, heart disease, brain or cognitive malfunction,and Alzheimer's disease.
I suggest that proper exercise can be used as a preventive measure for psychological, cognitive, and physical health as well. Follow my prescription and lead a better, more fulfilling, and healthier life.
Saturday, April 30, 2011
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Monday, April 18, 2011
David, my partner at the Quicksilver and the Cool Ride and Tie ran a couple of Marathons. His marathon time at Boston is around three hours and that is fast as this is a new event distance for him . David's specialty is the half marathon. Needless to say,David and I do quite well as partners in the ride and tie. Through ride and tie, I met a number of world-class athletes that includes : Tom Johnson, Jim Howard, and Brian Purcell. These runners came in first in the Western States 100 . Mark Rickman came in third and is a winner in his age division the same year that I was in 2002. Dennis Rinde came in seventh twice at the Boston marathon a number of years ago. Tom Johnson, Mark Rickman, and I are previous winners at the Cool Ride and Tie in the long course .Tom andMark have won the five-year event twice.
There is quite a difference between a road race and a trail run. For those of you unfamiliar with the trail, some of the obstacles include the following: deep ruts, sharp turns , uneven trail, rocks and roots to trip on, mud , deep streams with slippery rocks, severe elevation change, fallen trees and brush, stinging bees, poisonous snakes, and mountain lions and I have encountered all of the above. And of course, the trail runs are without mobs of spectators and large cash awards.One might ask "why do a trail"? One thing comes to mind is that the trail is gentler on your body and nature is wonderful. Not everyone is a professional runner and hoping to make their countries Olympic team . Many of us are amateurs, like the camaraderie, concerned about health and fitness, and found a passion.
On October 1, 2011 the Sixth Annual Cool Ride and Tie is going to be held in Cool . For more information, consult: Ride& Tie.org or post a note on the blog and I will contact you as Linda and I are race directors for the event.
Saturday, April 16, 2011
Being on the water and being comfortable in the water is a great experience. I remember taking a rowing class and the difficulty in keeping the shell up right and the technicality of rowing. Being in a one-man shell is very difficult, very technical, and requires much practice. The kayak is more stable and the stroke easier to learn. That’s not to say that one doesn’t have to practice in order to get good and especially to race.
Talking about kayaking, being on the water brought back memories of the movie Captains Courageous that I remember seeing when I was young. Other memories such as Herman Melville’s Capt. Ahab in Moby Dick and Ernest Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea come to mind as well.
On the way home, we stopped first at REI and looked at an inflatable kayak and was not impressed. The two employees inflated the kayak for us and told us that was their first time. Eventually, the kayak was inflated but in a cumbersome way. At that point it seemed like the inflatable kayak is a real hassle.
Our last stop is at the local kayak shop at the top of the canyon. The owner a man named Guy is there and gave us much information about the kayaks that he had both new and used. We talked to him about the hassle at REI and he proceeded to demonstrate the ease in the assembly of the inflatable kayak. He is fast and efficient. It’s clear he knows what he is doing. In fact he said" take it out and return it tomorrow". So I’m thinking this might be a great way to cross train and a new sport to conquer. So, why not take it home and try it out at Rec Lake. That’s exactly what we did for the next few hours. This is fun. At the lake, I told Linda" let’s buy it" .This could be the beginning of a new chapter. By the way, I didn’t miss not running today.
Friday, April 15, 2011
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Today, Tony and I ran a 10 mile tapering training run on Western States trail. That means that the entire run is not as fast as a regular training run. The tapering started because we have a run in Malibu on the 23rd. Tony is running the 20 K "call me a wimp if you like but I don’t want to beat up my body" and I am running a 50 K. The question I have for Barry Bonds is "are you going to be able to run a 50 K 25 years from now"? I hope that you will be able and that the things that you injected into your body will not come back to haunt you in the future. I figure that you did what you did because you wanted to continue to be the best at what you were doing at that time.
Related to health, treatment, and fitness is an article in the Wall Street Journal, April 12, 2011. The title: Doctors’ New Advice for Joint Pain: Get Moving by Laura Landro. In the article, Kate Lorig at Stanford University "the most dangerous exercise you can do when you have arthritis is none". According to the research, each extra pound of body weight adds the equivalent of 4 pounds to the knees.
Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease that recently has shown up more in young and middle-age adults as a result of obesity and sport injuries. Currently, treatment is focusing on weight loss combined with exercises aimed at improving joint function and building up muscles that support the joints. Consider the scope of the problem as this disease affects some 27 million Americans and leads to 632,000 surgical joint replacements a year. This number is expected to grow as the population ages: one and two adults will likely develop knee osteoarthritis before the age of 85. The risk increases to two in three adults who are obese. If you are going to reach age 85, you better start to do something. Stretching exercises found in Bob Anderson’s book is helpful as well as taking Tony’s advice and not beating up your body. Find the right physical activity for you. Consider paddling or bike riding. A trial of glucosamine – chondroiton in 2006 found that 22% of the people in the study had significant pain relief. However, in 2008, a different study found that the supplements are no better in slowing loss of cartilage of the knee compared with placebo according to lead researcher Daniel Clegg. He recommends that patients discuss with their doctor whether the supplements are an option.
My buddy, Dr. Wayne Fiske told me that he believes age has something to do with it because he’s afraid that things can wear out. We are both the same age. One difference when we were younger is that he beat up his body with karate. So currently, I am in superior physical condition. I spend my time with exercise, health, and competition and he spends his time doing good photography. So for me, in one sense age has nothing to do with it.
Just yesterday, I had communication with Linda Rodgers my running partner in 2001 and 2002. At that time, Linda was married and living in Greenwood which is "Beyond Cool". Linda and I ran and ran and ran and preparation for the Western states 100. Chapter 9 in my book tells about some of our experiences. Linda has completed the Tevis, Western States 100, and the Hawaiian Ironman. This attractive female is currently selling real estate in Los Altos, California. For those of you looking for an athletic, energetic realtor, contact her at Lrodgers@interorealestate.com
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
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Wednesday, April 6, 2011
As I proceeded the rest of the way, a female runner was heading towards me. I asked her if she saw Tony. She said to me that he said "tell the old guy to run faster". How is that for empathy, compassion, and consideration ? Anyway, I finally reached Tony and found him sitting on a rock. The next stop is to get state approval. The application has been turned in. Just waiting to hear from them.
(From Tony) I did have a little compassion I did wait for you and then walked the last two miles in.J
I just finished an article on Lew Hollander that I am submitting for publication to ride and tie. He has completed over 11,000 endurance miles and is in the AERC Hall of Fame. He completed Western states in 1984, has 21 out of 21 Hawaiian Iron man completions and is the second oldest to complete the Hawaiian Iron man .He is the oldest to complete the long course at the world championship ride and tie in 2010 .
Lew also is a brain and has expertise in physics-atomic weapon testing , semi conductor research etc. included in his resume. He has many patents and presents and publishes papers to scientific societies. Not bad for this 80 year young phenom. His story is in chapter 10 of my manuscript.
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
I remember talking with Geno Ortiz a massage therapist on the big island of Hawaii. Geno told me that people who competed in triathlons have fewer injuries than trail runners. He attributed that to the cross training ( biking and swimming ). They don't develop overuse injuries like the trail runners. Periodically, I think of biking, jump roping, treadmill etc. as a possible cross training activity. However for me, I seem to like trail running the best. I make sure to stretch and incorporate Bob Anderson's list of stretches. I also purchased orthotics. I recommend stretching and orthotics to all you runners.
My book "It Has Nothing To Do With Age " has undergone the editing process. I am now looking to have it published. It will be including segments in Bogs to come. I welcome your feedback and input.
Saturday, April 2, 2011
On March 21, 2011 Wall Street Journal ran an article titled "Bikes That Deserve a Hand". Essentially, more riders are using what's called hand cycling. Instead of peddling, the individual can use is arms instead of his feet. According to the article, the tricycle is becoming more popular for racing, exercising, and recreation. Apparently, this is a good option for anyone who's lower body is compromised but retains good hand and arm strength. This sounds like it could be a good cross training method as well. It is obvious that this is not good for trail use. Bike-- on.com is an online store that you can check out. After I finish this blog I'm going to do that myself. This form of cardio seems interesting and especially good for developing upper body strength.
In 2010, the number of individuals completing US marathons set a record and for the first time reached over a half million(507, 000). Join the crowd and do it with your feet or with a hand cycle. There is no excuse. Saying, my knees are bad etc. is just not good enough.
Friday, April 1, 2011
Knowing how to breathe is associated with proper breathing techniques. If you haven't paid attention to your breathing today then you are likely to be tense or uptight. You might ask why is relaxation important? Relaxation or deep breathing helps with cardiovascular fitness and cognitive development. A recent article in the March 28, 2011 edition of the Wall Street Journal told about the addition of yoga to the elementary school curriculum. The principal at the elementary school in Southern California "she has seen how calm and centered students are after practicing the techniques" . If this is good for kids it might be good for you too. There are many techniques in learning how to breathe properly. Yoga, progressive relaxation, self hypnosis, meditation, and autogenics are a few techniques that can help you reduce the stress in your life.
While on the trail, I monitor my breathing as well as body tenseness. I hold two handheld water bottles and periodically rediscover that I'm clutching the bottles. It is important to run relaxed and at ease. Other parts of your body can tense up or start to hurt. So, I pay attention to my body and my breathing. Even when I'm not running, I pay attention to determine areas of discomfort. Deep breathing is important for psychological and physical well-being. Do yourself a favor and learn how to breathe properly.
Briefly, feed back about Loreto is related to water. If you like to boat, fish, snorkel, swim, kayak or whale watch that is the place to go. Touching a grey whale is a neat experience. The newborn come right to your boat. They seem curious and willing to allow you to touch them. When they've had enough they simply swim away. In addition to interacting with the whales, I ran in the desert and along the seashore. Weather was warm so I got my heat training. I understand that the weather in the foothills was cold rainy and some snow. I'm pleased that I missed that.