Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Training update. Excellent. Been doing alot of interval work. My goal of an 8:00 pace for a 5 k is within reach, I think. I will do the 5k on April 13th at Hathaway Brown. On April 19th, there is a class for newby crew folks put on by the Western Reserve Rowing Association. The Bride was signed up but can't make it. I might fill in for her. Will be interesting.
Thanks to the gang at Ohio Sports and Fitness Magazine for having yours truly amoung a group of guys they featured in the March issue. At your store today. Haha. Heres the link. You scroll down to some old dude in a wetsuit..Ha. I look stoned, for goodness sakes, LOL. Thanks to Stacy, the magazines head honcho, and to Steve Schirra for writing the piece. You'll see a piece on Paul Martin. I remember doing a story on him for Fox 8. I am just here enjoying the gift the Lord gave me. Using my body to enjoy the sport, and hopefully inspire others to maximize their potential.
Someone once said, "Golf is a good walk spoiled" I'm not sure D.J. Gregory would agree to such a statement. D.J. might not know what a "good walk" is like. He has C.P.. Walking becomes a Herculean task. Agonizing. Not Pretty. While Tiger Woods has had his own kinda win streak going. D.J. has one of his own. He has walked every hole of every PGA tourney this year. Its a remarkable streak. He could cop out and demand a cart. Nope. Check out this YOU TUBE VIDEO and I am sure you'll see what an amazing thing he is doing. Want more??? Awesome article in the San Diego Union-Tribune. Props to D.J., another member of J.T's Motivation Nation.
In the meantime. Keep grinding away.. Keep blogging and reaching greater heights.
Sunday, March 23, 2008
1. Intervals on the Concept 2 Rowing machine. Like, 10 x 500 meters, with 20 second rest in between. I shoot for 2:30 in each one. (Model below Not TriGuyJt)
2. Rope skipping. 8 x 2 minutes hard with 60 second rest.
3. Elliptical for 15 minutes at 80 percent of max heart rate
4. Bike 20 minutes, with intervals.
5. Cap it off with a treadmill run with pick me up tempos faster than my 5 k goal pace.
Most of these workouts come after I do strength training. I will admit, a little trip to that place that sells ground beans made into a liquid comes before the workout.
I will either race a 5 k April 13 at Hathaway Brown, or April 19 at a race suggested byTriEric and Monica.
Out of the box training reminds me of all the incredibly dedicated wrestlers whom I have had the pleasure of covering and or knowing over the years. I covered the legendary Dan Gable when he was the coach of the perennial champion Iowa Hawkeyes. Most intense person I have ever been around in sports. Period. I remember the first marathon I ran was in spring 1978. The Drake Relays Marathon. Out and back if I recall. I ran out, was making the turn, and at the moment, a car appeared and out piled a whole bunch of wrestlers. They were capping off an already gruelling session in the wrestling room with a half marathon. Dan Gable was leading them in the run. Legend has it that he used a pack of playing cards. He wrote something on each card. Like 50 crunches. or... 5 back and forth crab-walks, or 20 pullups.. 52 cards. Each had something. He would shuffle the deck and pick a card and do that exercise. He would go through the whole pack. And then do it again....and again. You could never out work that man.
The cards are a great trick. Switches things up.. Keeps it interesting.
Sorry to report that Bobby Martin did not get a spot on the Cleveland Gladiators Arena team. However, Bobby continues to inspire others.
Wheelchair marathoner will appear on a Wheaties Box that highlights military personnel. In the meantime, Holly will attack every race like its her last.
He is the soon to be 19 year old who will enter the Ironman in Nice, France this June. He continues to train and raise money for the V Foundation . Here is his donation page All this is in honor of his late Grampa, who died of cancer. My piece on him has yet to run on Fox 8. Its very touching to see baby Kaleb with grampa.
and..... speaking of the dreaded c word. This reminds me of a story about one young man's turn around. How he came to the proverbial fork in the road. Destructive path one way. Redemptive path the other.
THE FORK IN THE ROAD
December 2006 he was getting honored by his high school for earning a college football award. He was given a jersey from his high school. It was very touching. He balled like a baby.
Afterwards I asked him, what was going through his mind when he was getting the jersey, and the digntitaries were offering verbal bouquets in his honor.
He said, " I was remembering how my coach took me aside that summer before my senior year. He told me I was a cancer to the team. He told me my attitude was bad and that I was a destructive force. But, he told me all of this from a position of Love. I had never heard that before. No one had ever spoken to me like that and certainly no one had ever admonished me with so much love. I decided to change my ways".
The player changed his ways. There were bumps along the road. The player was suspended for taking money from a college booster. He had to work his way up from practice squad player, to second string and finally to being a starter. His senior year, his team was the best in America after beating its arch-rival.
The player won this trophy.
And now, today, Troy Smith is going into his second year with the Baltimore Ravens. He talks to kids in Cleveland and Baltimore about making the right choices. Its all because he came to a fork in the road, and he made the right choice.
We might not have choices that Troy was faced with. Maybe our choice is just how much we will swim today. Or whether or not we should volunteer at the Salvation Army, or how we will treat our bosses or friends. May you be guided to make the right choices.
Thursday, March 20, 2008
I have to say, Sara's blog was one of the first ones that I read when I ventured into the endurance blogosphere. Very entertaining stuff. Charlie'sTrifolk, I first checked out and Jodi's and DaisyDucs as well. All Cleveland area triathletes. All their links are in the margin to the right. I first starting reading blogs last summer. It was in early October, when I fired up this bad boy. Since then, I've come to read lots of great blogs from near and far.!!!
DO IT THE HEMINGWAY
Ernest Hemingway has inspired many writers all over the world. In a way, we bloggers of the endurance kind are doing things the Hemingway. The bearded wonder always believed that a writer could treat a subject honestly only if the writer had participated or observed the subject closely. HELLO!!! Thats what we endurance bloggers do. We sweat, we grind, we suffer the agonies of the quest to expand our horizons. All the while, we peck at our keyboards and reach others with our accounts of the experience. Hemingway figured the work would be flawed because those reading would sense the lack of expertise. He ran with the Bulls, or went deep sea fishing and many other things and those experiences would find the printed page.
Hemingway wrote sparingly. He made every word count. How would he describe racing in a triathlon????? Heres my version of Old Man and the Sea. (or Triguyjt in a wetsuit.)
OLD MAN AND HIS WETSUIT
He gazed at the water. It invited his form. He dove in. The liquid taunted him. He stroked assuredly. The distance, 2.4 miles was covered in 1 hour and 20 minutes. He was tired and swallowed much seawater.
He left the sea and ran to his bike.
"How far will you bike?", asked the woman
"Good luck. Will I see you again?"
"Yes, but first I have many hills to climb".
"I would like a banana", he said. "The banana will sustain me".
"Would you like a ripened one, or should I climb that tree?".
"Climb the tree, and fetch me a Gatorade"
He conquered the hills and was very speedy on the bike. After 6 hours, he was back to put away his bike. He still had a marathon to run. He was sweating alot, and noticed the woman was gone. Where did she go?? Damn those women!!
(and so on, and so forth. Thats the essence of Hemingway....I think)
HERES TO HOLLY
Thanks to the Cleveland Plain Dealer for an nice article today on wheelchair racer Holly Koestner. Holly has raced all over America and is bearing down on her goal of racing marathons in all 50 states. She is an inspiring example of dedication and determination. I poked around the web for more stuff on her. This piece written in 2005 was about her incredibly gutsy finish to the Marathon in the South Dakota Black Hills which began at Mt. Rushmore and finished at Crazy Horse Monument. South Dakota was where the Bride and I first lived in 76-77 as newlyweds when I worked at KEVN TV. I loved the Black Hills. However, the hills can be brutal and to push up those inclines in a wheelchair at the end of a marathon takes an amazing person. She belongs in the J.T. Motivation Nation Hall of Fame.
Sunday, March 16, 2008
FASHION BY JAMES
THE FOAM REMEMBERS???
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Bobby Martin of Dayton. He got a tryout with the Cleveland Gladiators Arena Football League team. My piece on him ran on our newscasts tonight. ( link to piece on our website) Perhaps you have heard about him. Bobby has no legs. He was born with causal regression syndrome. No Legs. His gramma wanted him to stay inside and shun the world. His mother told him to get outside and make it. That he has done.
Bobby played high school football in 2005. He was homecoming king. He has won an ESPY for his inspiration to others. He has a never" accept defeat" attitude. A book is in the works. Oprah wants him. Bobby is softspoken but packs a punch. I considered it a blessing to meet him and hope I can pass along a few of his words to make others "never accept defeat".
What inspires you??
"What inspires me is to go out and try to touch someones life. I tell them don't give up..make every day count. God put you here to do your job and never let anything bring you down or sadden you"
What is the message you try to bring to people.??
My message is to never accept defeat. If someone tells you that you can't do something, that should inspire you to try it. Accepting defeat in not a part of Gods plan for you.
Who inspired you?
"My mom, who never let me stay inside and avoid life. She made me go out and greet the world. If my gramma had her way, I would have never gone out. My mom let me go out and interact with the world. She is really my inspiration.
What is like to know you inspire so many people?
"Its a great feeling to know that every day when I get up I can impact someones life.
That I can give someone the courage to try to do something. It really inspires me. Its just a great feeling"
I know that some people will use less than flattering terms when describing Bobby. That its like a "freak" show when they have seen him . I don't buy that. Bobby is here for a reason. Whats yours????
Friday, March 7, 2008
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
Shot a story in Clermont, Florida which reminded me that the Great Floridian Triathlon is contested there. By the way, its pretty hilly, which I had not figured. My swim buddies from Fairport Harbor, Karen, Eddie and Juan, competed at the Great Floridian. However, my reason for being there was much more sobering. 15 years ago, a tragic boat crash claimed the lives of 2 Indians pitchers. Steve Olin and Tim Crews. It was dusk, they were skimming quickly over the water and they never saw a boat dock. Horrific. It was eerie to walk on that dock and to revisit the scene. My story on that airs late March.
Caught up with an old colleague of mine, Vince Cellini.
He's an anchor with the Golf Channel. Talk about incredible gigs. Watch golf. Talk about it. Not that I'm not blessed to do what I do. Vince was the first intern I had at Channel 8, back in 1982. We have kept in touch all the years since he left the station for CNN back in 1989. When you get down to it, we are just two kids from Collinwood and Euclid, Ohio.
BRUSH WITH FAME
Saturday night at a famous steakhouse in Orlando. All of a sudden, the place is abuzz. Kids are getting up from their tables. Cellphone cameras pop out.
The Hulkster, Hulk Hogan was in the house. He paraded by with an entourage of 8. Could only imaging how big the porterhouse was that he ordered.
POWERED BY CAFFEINE
If you've followed this blog, you may be aware how I gave up coffee, only to fall back on my wicked ways. I am at bliss with one Grande cup of joe from the folks in Seattle. Joe Borowski, the relief pitcher for the Indians must not be human. He told me that this winter he was drinking 5 Venti cups of Starbucks a day. Thats 5 LARGE cups!!! Starbucks high-test coffee could make an elephant twitch. My heart races when I have more than one. With 5 cups, Joe's heart rate must be hummingbird-like. WOW. He says he quit cold turkey in mid January. Wasn't that when the Starbucks stock took a dip?? Coincidence, I think not.
SEPARATED AT BIRTH
Many of my interviews have little to do with baseball but more to do with an aspect of the players life. A quirk. Something a bit different. Travis Hafner, aka Pronk has a dry sense of humor. He's a North Dakota kid. Not many guys make the majors from that state. He's also a huge wrestling fan. He was jealous that the Hulkster came to that steakhouse when I was there and not him. Travis is also a big movie fan. He is getting plenty of ribbing from his teammates. He thinks he's a dead ringer for Javier Barden... IF..and this is big.. IF he wore a Prince Valiant hair cut. What do you think???
I don't make this stuff up.