“It Has Nothing to Do with Age” is a book about individuals who push themselves to physical extremes and who believe they have defied the aging process. If you are at least 30, 40, 50 years of age, join them in such sports as: theTevis Cup, the Dipsea, the Western States 100, the 100 mile ride and tie, the Hawaiian Ironman, the Molokai to Oahu Outrigger canoe race, and national and international rowing.
It Has Nothing To Do With Age provides self-help principles. The inspirational stories give concrete illustrations of overcoming many of life's challenges. Difficulties pertaining to depression, grief, divorce, and death are presented and worked through by the participants. Physical impairments, injuries, overcoming issues with weight, alcohol, and nicotine are also dealt with and resolved by the athletes.
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.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Thumping, Tevis Cup and Jim Mather
"Ever tried. Ever failed.
No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better." – Samuel Beckett
Jim Mather wasThursday’s TV’s guest on“ It Has Nothing to Do with Age or Gender.”
Young Jim has attempted to complete the historic Tevis Cup ride on three
occasions. On our program, he talked in detail about this year’s ride and the
problems that he encountered. His major goal this year was to complete the
ride. Unfortunately, two weeks prior to the ride his horse came down with
pneumonia and he wound up using his wife’s horse for the ride.
Jim talked about his unfamiliarity with the horse and how
the horse has progressed this past year. All went well as he was ready that
morning of the ride. He described the start, as well as the spirited horses all
around him. The team did well until they reached Robinson Flat. There was
concern about an equine condition called thumping(an electrolyte imbalance).
From Robinson Flatto
Forest Hill Jim’s mental toughness came into play. Jim realized that he had to
be off his horses back during most of this distance. Going through the canyons
intriple digit weather conditions is
not a picnic for anyone. Jim realized that his major goal of completion
wascompromised. Feelings of
disappointment crept in. However, that did not discourage or dissuade him fromsubstituting a second goal “protect the
horse.” Jim did just that as heput his
energies into saving his horse. The various barriers and obstacles that
interfere with this ride includeextreme
weather conditions, technical trail, and whetherthe horseis fit to continue. Jim did his best, and at Forest Hill it was
determined to discontinue the ride.
Within three hours of rest conditions for the horse, the
thumping issue was resolved. Jim’s disappointment of not completing the ride
was apparent. However, the secondary goal of taking care of the horse was achieved.
Jim’s mental toughness prevailed.
I also asked him about his father , Chuck. Jim’s immediate
response was, “ he is a jerk.” The Mather’s have an odd sense of humor. For the
rest of the interview, Jim talked about how his father has been there for him;
how he spends time riding andworkingon the trail with him;
and his father is his best friend. He also said that as a teenager he wanted to
be around him, but also wanted to be as far away from him as he could. Feelings
oflove- or hate surface at times in any
significant relationship. Over the life of Jim Mather, he did not love his
father 100% of the time. However, this does not mean that he doesn’t love his
father very dearly.