Archive for December, 2012

Achieving Personal Best: BJ Bedford Miller

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Achieving Personal Best: BJ Bedford Miller

“Everyone has their Olympics. Mine was televised. Your heart, your mind and your competitive spirit can shine in ANYTHING.”

Back in the ‘80s when I had the privilege of attending The Peddie School in Hightstown, New Jersey, I had no idea I would be rubbing elbows with Olympians, among them two gold medalist swimmers. That’s right. Two students in the class below mine earned the preface “Olympic Gold Medalist.” One of these is the very humble BJ Bedford Miller who was ...

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Richmond Masters Swimming

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Richmond Masters Swimming

City Coach’s Marc DeLese is starting a masters swimming program on Staten Island. For those of you looking for a good workout without coming into Manhattan, it’s a great opportunity.

Richmond Masters Swimming

  • Meet 4 times per month on Sundays at CSI
  • 10-11am
  • $70/ month, $25 drop in
  • First practice: January 6th

Check them out on Facebook for the latest details.

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How to Breathe (It’s a Secret)

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I know this seems like a dumb topic for a blog. The short answer is that I inhale and exhale just like every other respirating organism on the planet.

It probably won’t surprise you that this method has to do with rhythm. Just like my post about Voodoo being the best album to run to of all time, I’d like to talk about a rhythmic approach to breathing. Most of you probably breathe with an even rhythm of inhaling and exhaling ...

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Why I Am Angry At Lance Armstrong

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Last week, Sally Jenkins – the co-author on Lance Armstrong’s books, It’s Not About the Bike: My Journey Back to Life and its sequel, Every Second Counts broke her silence regarding the U.S. Anti Doping Agency’s Reasoned Decision to strip Armstrong of his seven Tour de France titles with a column entitled Why I’m Not Angry At Lance ArmstrongJudging by the rationalizations, equivocation, and hypocrisy displayed by Ms. Jenkins – whose opinion might or might not be clouded by her friendship and business association with Mr. Armstrong – she ...

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Master Blaster

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Master Blaster

Water, lemon juice, maple syrup and cayenne pepper.  It sounds like something MacGyver would combine with a stick of gum to disarm a nuclear device. Unfortunately, they’re actually the ingredients of the much ballyhooed Master Cleanse diet.

In the Master Cleanse, you basically fast for 10 days, taking in only a drink made from water, lemon juice, maple syrup and cayenne pepper. You are pretty much guaranteed to lose some weight, but in the long term, you’re probably going to gain ...

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Achieving Personal Best: Kristin Villopoto

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Achieving Personal Best: Kristin Villopoto

 “I have never had raw talent.  On the track team in school, I was the one who stayed the summer and kept training because it took so much for me to be even close to the level of my teammates.  I know how to work hard towards a goal, and what makes me want it is to save face with the ones who can train only a bit then blow everyone away in the race.”

I met Kristin Villopoto September ’12 ...

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Achieving Personal Best: Jackie Edwards

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Achieving Personal Best: Jackie Edwards

 

“If I took personal responsibility for a loss, I felt as if I had it in within my power to do better the next time as opposed to blaming something extrinsic.”

I love watching the Olympics. I am always inspired, but hardly ever deluded into believing that I too could have been an Olympian had I just found the right sport or worked a little harder. (There was that one exception.)  One of the things I appreciate about watching the Olympics ...

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