Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Gender-Exclusive Triathlons

Some triathlons only allow women.  This is perfectly understandable because if this format encourages more women to participate, then it is a good outcome.

There will be a new triathlon in Nashville this spring called the Ramblin' Rose Triathlon.  They have several races throughout the south east region.  Click on the logo here to learn more about it.

The Ramblin' Rose is just one of many women's only events..  Although women's only events are far more common, I had to laugh when I saw this concept for a triathlon:

300 males will race 6 elite female athletes for a $500 cash prize.  The females will have a 5-10 minute handy cap on the males field.  The fastest male or female, based on clock time, will get the cash.  Stay tuned for more details.

A little flashback to my youth: WRESTLING

I just saw this preview for a new movie with the sport of wrestiling as a plot theme. 

Paul Giamatti is a great actor, and I'm sure he would make a great wrestling coach. Not because you have to coach wins in wrestling, but it is important for adolescents to learn the value of Participation.  (Thank you Mr. Schafer!)  In my 7th and 8th grade years I won a total of...wait for it...one match. 

Then I went out for High School wrestling.  I learned a different lesson here, which was Hard Work.  (Thanks, Wags. RIP.)  I have never been as sore in my life as after the first week of wrestling practice as a 9th grader.  I was a little wierd at that age.  While other kids were going to parties and goofing off, I was jogging and reading biographies of great athletes. 

Vision Quest was a movie that my friends and I liked to watch to get fired up for meets. 

Pre-match warm-up.

The Climax of the Movie.

I was only marginally better at wrestling as a high schooler than in junior high.  But I soon realized that while I wasn't the best wrestler, I was the best runner on the wrestling team.  I went out for track the spring of my freshman year, beginning a running career that is now 22 years long and counting. 

Friday, January 28, 2011

Reversing diabetes

A great article on CNN.com, which is one of my favorite on-line news sites these days.

I have some personal experience with this because my mother has had Type II diabetes her entire life, and my father (The Fergus) has just recently been diagnosed.  Whereas my mother's situation has been long term and chronic, my father has been able to make a significant change in his health. 

"The side effects of the medication are really unpleasant," he tells me.  I actually see better results if I watch what I eat and exercise. This comes from a man who did not exercise during his adult life, until the last 5 years.  Since then he has began began exercising, made moderate dietary changes, and has participated in running races ranging from 5K to marathon.

Articles like the one linked above, and my dad's experience are really encouraging.  But it makes me wonder.  What is the message that is being communicated to people who are diagnosed with this disease?  Do physicians make the effort to really convey the importance of lifestyle change?  Or is it easier (and more profitable) to prescribe the medication?  And are clients being referred to resources that can help them make the changes, such as a wellness center or personal trainer.