“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.
"You will not find poetry
anywhere unless you bring some of it with you." – Joseph Joubert
I am pleased to report that for the past few monthsI haverelatively pain-free during my conditioning trail runs compared to the
last two years. Previously, I was being treated for issues with my
Achilles.Even though I still have some
swelling in my Achilles, It doesn’t seem to bother me. As a result, I increased
my trail running distance from around 50 miles per week to over 60-70 miles per
week. So far so good.
My next scheduled competitive trail run is on New Year’s
Day. The distance for that run is 10 miles. I plan to register for the 50 K Jed
Smith run in February and the 50 K Way Too Cool In March. So within the next 3
to 4 months, I will have a pretty good idea of my running condition.
I have been blessed with my trail running experience.
Mywife Linda accompanies me by riding
her Arabian Nails. Also, I run with Tony about three times per week, and at
times, we are joined by Chris. Another running friend Madhu has recently returned
from India as well. Randall is starting to run again and I hope he joins us
too. It certainly, in my experience, is more enjoyable to run and bewith others doing what you love.
On the other hand, I enjoy at times, the solitude of running
by myself. It is during this alonetime
that I get to think about issues connected to my interviews and my chapters for
my upcoming book on “mental toughness, bonding, Bo-Woody, and the University of
Michigan versus Ohio State University.” Just recently, I was writingmy conclusion to my interview with Reggie
McKenzie. I was incorporating Carl Jung’s idea of the collective unconscious to
explain in part Reggie’s drive for superiority , playing both college and
professional football. While running, I was able, to think moreclearly and put together various ideas in a more coherent
fashion. I’m grateful for having the ability to run with it’s manybenefits.
I just graduated to my 75th year and expect to
run for many more years. I will keep youposted. In the meantime, keep moving, laughing, smiling, bonding, deep
breathing and loving.
"Facing it — always facing
it — that's the way to get through. Face it!" – Joseph Conrad
Tony and I had the pleasure of interviewingthe incomparableJulie Suhr on last week’s TV show “It Has
Nothing To Do With Age Or Gender.” Julie, a remarkable lady, has completed 22
Tevis Cup 100 mile endurance rides. She revealed some interesting aspects of
her personality that pertain to her mental and physical toughness.
Julie began riding at about nine years of age on her
families property. Neither parent, especially her mother was too thrilled about
her wanting to ride horses. Despite potential getting in trouble , and parental
displeasure, young Julie exhibited a rebellious streak and secretly rode
anyway. It’s not clear whether or not, Julie’s mother knew what her young
daughterwas doing behind her back. In
any event, Julie made up her mind that she was going to ride nomatter what.
After getting married and rearing her children, Julie at the
age of 40, experienced a midlife crisis and rode in her first endurance
ride-the Tevis Cup. Although she did not complete that ride, that did not
discourage her one bit. In fact, it only wet her appetite and she was
introduced toa brand newsport of endurance riding. The sport also
changed her world and her life view . The sport gave her a new purposeand meaning. She also connected, at a
different level with her daughter Barbara, and assimilated Barbara into her mother’s world. Further, this new activity, resulted in
developing lifelong and solid relationships that she continues to cherish . The
sport simply enhanced her psychological development and worldview.
To gaina glimpse
into her passion was revealed when she said something to the effect that “ when completing a Tevis Cup ride, I
don’twant it to end.” Even after 30,000
miles, at age 89, Julie’s desire and emotion remains strong. In fact, when a
doctor told her to discontinue riding, she found a different doctor that viewed
and understood her world. Her drive and integrity remain unprecedented.
After the show, Julie emailed me some additional comments
that I’m including “ I enjoyed it Frank. I could do a better
job another time, but one thing I wish I had gotten across about
"Never Quit" is
that if common sense does not sometimes prevail, and you make a basket case of
yourself, it can impact so many others
unfairly both financially and emotionally. The demands of care giving by
my children or grandchildren because I was foolish would
be unforgivable. We have to think judiciously.”
Thank you Julie.
She remembers to keep moving, laughing, smiling, bonding, deep breathing and
“One day in retrospect the
years of struggle will strike you as the most beautiful." – Sigmund Freud
On November21, this
coming Thursday, Tony and I are delighted to announce that JulieSuhr plans on beingour guest on “It Has Nothing to Do with Age
or Gender.” Julie is a Tevis Cup legend. This icon has a 2000 mile buckle and
at this point , has more Tevis completions
than anyone except her daughter Barbara White. Not only that, Julie hasridden more than 27,000endurance trail miles, which is more than
once around the world. To find out more about her , I suggest that you watch
our show and/or read her book “ Ten Feet Tall, Still.”
For thoseof you that
are concerned about developing some form of dementia in your senior years, an
article found in the September 5, 2013 edition of the Wall Street Journal might
interest you. A study from the University of California, San Francisco
NeuroscienceImaging Center, suggested
that the older brain is somewhat plastic(brain’s ability to mold itself with
apparent interconnectivity of cognitive control functions). These researchers,
in their study, found that older adults improved on multitasking and sustained
attention by playing a specially designed video game. Not only that, they found
the effects to be long-lasting.
In the study, participants, age 60- 85 years practiced the
game for 12 hours during a month. In this video game , the participant navigated
a race car along a winding track also hitting a button on a controller whenever
a green circle appeared. Guess what? These older adults were able to perform better
on this game and at a higher level than untrained 20-year-olds ,improved memory and the positive
effects lasted for at least six months.
Generally, humans are increasingly affected by distractions
and have more trouble switching between tasks during the aging process. The
study suggests perhaps the decline of cognitive control isn’t fixed and that
the brain can improve with the right stimuli. The video game used in the study
is called The NeuroRacer. A start up company is working on developing a new
version of the video game in question. Currently, they need approval from the
Food and Drug Administration. They hope that this type of therapy can be
designed and targeted to rewire the brain, assist in treating brain disorders and
used in lieu of medication .
Time will tell about the merit of specially designed video
games. This of course would be an improvement over some of theviolent video games , that are associated
with developing and/or expressing aggression as well as negatively affecting
emotions. I am supportive of this type of positive research and keeping our
government open, so the FDA can do it’sjob.
Yesterday, Tony, Chris and I ran the Coffer Dam-Olmsted loop
while Linda rode nails. Tony’s getting ready for his 50 K run. He is doing fine.
For all, keep moving, laughing, smiling, deep breathing,
bonding, and loving.
Recently I was interviewing Thom Darden for my next book
focusing on mental toughness, bonding, the University of Michigan versus Ohio
State rivalry, and coaches Bo Schembechler and Woody Hayes. In thinking about a
book title, I came up with one possibility “the son of a bitch is krazy.”Thom agreed and said that could be a title.
I’m sure every Michigan player on that 1969 team would likely agree and know
who I was referring to.
Thom told me the following story. As a terrificSandusky, Ohio high school football player,
he was recruited by many schools, including Miami of Ohio. At that time, Bo
Schembechler was head coach. DuringThom’svisit , he met another
outstanding recruit one Billy Taylor from Barberton, Ohio. Thom was expecting
the red carpet and a steak dinner. Instead, Coach Schembechler told the young
boys to put on their shorts, and running shoes. After their work out, they said
were not coming here “This coach is crazy.”
Both boys were also recruited by Bump Elliott, the
University Michigan head coach. They enrolled and played freshman football at
Michigan. In late December 1969, Bump was firedand Bo Schembechler hired.
When Thom went to meet coach Schembechler, the first words
coming out of coach Schembechler “ close the door; you thought you couldget rid of me.” You’ll have to read the book
to find out their other conversations.
Both Thom and Billy became football All-Americans at
Michigan, while Thom became all Pro for two seasons with the Cleveland Browns.
While with the Browns and while Bo was coach and athletic director, Thom
frequently visited Coach Schembechler. And on one visit, Bo broke down telling
Thom about the death of his son in an automobile accident. Thom also broke
down. Thom feels very close to Bo and loves him dearly , to this day, as he
If I interviewed Thom as a20 or 21-year-old, I doubt Thom would’ve said that I love him. As I said
in a previous blog, we generally don’t love someone 24/7. Our feelings change
rapidly, but the overall ratio(love, hate, disappointment, etc.) tells the
The relationships of this coach withhis youngmen tell a very powerful story.
On another note, keep moving, laughing, smiling, deep
breathing, bonding, and loving.
"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.
"There can be no happiness
if the things we believe in are different from the things we do." – Freya Stark
A few more findings(based on 161-kilometers- ultra marathon)
of research conducted by Martin Hoffman, M.D., who was last week’s guest on “It Has Nothing to Do with Age or
Gender.” Some of his conclusions:1.
Factors associated with improved odds of finishing included being a first-time
starter and advancing calendar year. Factors associated with a reduced odds of
finishing included advancing age above 38 years and warmer weather. Beyond 38
years of age, women had worse odds of finishing than men. Warmer weather had a
similar effect on finish rates for men and women.2. Among non-finishers, the primary reason
for dropping out was nausea and/or vomiting. Finishers compared with
non-finishers were more likely to report blisters, muscle pain, and exhaustion
as adversely affecting race performance. Nausea and/or vomiting was no more
common among those using nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs(NASID’S). Overall
use of NASID’S was high and greater among finishers than on non -finishers. 3.
A race diet with a higher percentage of fat and higher intake rates of fat and
fluid may protect ultra marathon runners from G.I. distress.
Dr. Hoffman is an ultra marathoncompetitor himself. In other words, this
competitor. “ walks the walk.” For those of you interested in more detail, I
suggest that you consider contacting him directly. His contact information is
listed on the credits http://youtu.be/8jtitz7XcL4.
We know that Geoffrey Mutai ran a faster marathon than
anyone else during Sunday’s New York marathon.To make matters worse , an article in the Wall Street Journal, October
31, 2013 pointed out that Europeans also run faster than us. For example, no US
runner has placed as high as third since 2006 in the 40-44 age group. And in the
2011 New York marathon, all age groups 25 and older werewon by non American men. Also, foreigners won
half of all women’s age groups that year as well.
A few people wonder why Americans don’t do as well in the
New York marathon as non-Americans? Some suggest that running the marathon
means different things to different people. Perhaps, some people run to improve
their health; some run/or don’t run because of the New York marathon competition; and because there’s fewer amateur marathons in
Europe, the better Europeans come to New York.
In any event, no American woman has won the New York
marathon since 1977. And,African men
have won 12 of the past 15 New York marathons with the last American
winnercoming in 2009. With all the
prize money at stake, it’s difficult tobet against the Africans. However, find your reason to begin running. If
you stay with it, it’s good for you and you willfeel better. I guarantee it.
I know that moving, laughing, smiling, deep breathing,
bonding, and loving is theway to go. Go
ahead and askTony, he will tell you the
"Can anything be sadder than work unfinished? Yes, work never begun."
– Christina Rossetti
Dr. Martin Hoffman
Last Thursday ,on our TV show, Tony and I interviewed Dr. Martin Hoffman from the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation http://youtu.be/8jtitz7XcL4 . This ultra runner-physician has been conducting research since attending medical school at St. Louis University. A few of his findings are as follows:
1. Aerobic exercise can cause an acute improvement in mood, as well as a reduction in the perception of pain from a painful stimulus. Regular exercise training also may offer some protection from depression, clinically useful in treating certain psychiatric and chronic pain conditions, and may allow for an enhancement of the acute improvements in mood in a single exercise session.
2. Faster runners in a 100 mile/161 km running race experience a modest temporary reduction pressure pain perception that does not appear to be augmented by ongoing pain related to the exercise.
3. A single session of moderate aerobic exercise improves vigor and decreases fatigue among regular exercisers, but causes no change in these scores for non-exercisers. Although total mood disturbance improves post exercise in exercisers and non-exercisers, regular exercisers have approximately twice the effect as non-exercisers. This limited post exercise mood improvement among non-exercisers may be an important deterrent for persistence with an exercise program.
Just ask Geoffrey Mutai for his opinion.
If you’re depressed, consider aerobic exercise before seeking psychotropic medication. The side effects from aerobic exercise will not kill you. In fact, aerobic exercise is good for you. However, it may take a while, to change your mood from this activity. And we know that psychotropic medication may also take awhile to work. The cost of a pair running shoes , is about $100, which is less expensive than meds and/or Dr. visit. No one ever said the dealing with depression is easy and it is not. But in my opinion, aerobic exercise of some sort is a good beginning option.
If you have pain, consider aerobic exercise. Once again, research is suggesting that aerobic exercise or running may altar pain perception. We know that aerobics is associated with neurotransmitters and endorphins. And that, endorphins is one powerful analgesic. Good luck and get started.
According to the October 31, 2013 edition of the Wall Street Journal, kids, age 6 to 17 represented about 4.3% of the average audience for the World Series. The average for watching the World Series this year was 54.4 years of age. Compared to previous statistics, less kids and more older folks are viewing what was once called Americans Pastime. Interestingly enough, more kids are watching the NBA conference finals, NHL conference finals and Premier league soccer than prior. What are your conclusions?
Tony and I ran a 35K , sponsored by Inside Trail Running at Folsom Lake on Saturday. The trail was simply beautiful and a new experience for me. In our race distance, Tony was the second oldest and came in first place. After we received our first place medals, we visited Snooks, in downtown Folsom, for ice cream rewards. Tony thinks we should write a book ,film ,and interview employees and customers about favorite ice cream finds during our races. Stay tuned.
On Sunday, I woke up sore from the lactic acid. Going 5 miles on the elliptical , after long trail runs ,changed all that. I have found that going on the elliptical works wonders for my soreness. I get aerobic exercise with much less wear, tear , and pounding on my body.
I hope your trick-or-treat last week was good. And remember to keep moving, laughing, smiling, deep breathing, bonding, and loving while you can.
"In all affairs, it's a
healthy thing now and then to hang a question mark on the things you have long
taken for granted." – Bertrand Russell
Congratulations go to Debbie. Her new Russian Arabian Tango
just passed his pre-purchase veterinarian exam. Tango was being evaluated for a
neurological condition called Wobbles. Tony, read up on the condition and put her
horse through all types of tests. Last Saturday, I suggested that heblindfold the horse and make his assessment.
According to Tony, the horse was sound andfine. But Tuesday, they got a secondprofessional opinion. The veterinarians agreed with Tony that the horse
So this means that Debbie will begin riding after many years
of layoff. Tony threatened Debbie by saying if she’s not going to ride Tango,
he’s going to in the Tevis next year. Linda is happy because now she has
another riding partner. This also means that very likely “ the girls” will be
riding their horseson the trail and
“the guys” will be running on the trail after them.
Randall, one of our injured running friends, is beginning
his rehab after a long rest. He is now beginning to walk with a little running
mixed in. Randall stated that his motivation is good and that he can’t wait to
run a marathon distance next year. Hopefully, Randall well slowly work his way
back into running shape without a hitch. It so difficult for some, not to push
the envelope. Sometimes , a competitive nature can get in the way of sound
judgment. It’s important that he doesn’t do too much too soon. Easing back
slowly after six month or so layoff is a prudent thing to do. I continue to
tell Randall to be smart. There’s no shortage of running events and next year,
there will be likelymore. Return to
running shape Randall, so you can join us.
Thursday’s TV Guest on It Has Nothing to Do with Age or
Gender is Sports Medicine Martin Hoffman, M.D. This physician has done research
connected with the Western States 100 endurance run. All you runners, and
active individuals, view what he has to say.
Join Tony and I Saturday for a 35k trail run at FolsomPoint.
In the meantime, keep moving, laughing, smiling, deep
breathing, bonding, and loving.
"I was always looking
outside myself for strength and confidence, but it comes from within. It is
there all the time." – Anna Freud
Melissa Ribley DVM last Thursday’s guest asked me why I am
doing the TV show “It Has Nothing to Do with Age or Gender ? I responded that
one of the reasons for the TV show is collecting data on “ mental toughness.” So
far, I’ve asked our guests to define the term and how it might apply to them.
By and large, the respondents have talked about continuing with a behavior
despite circumstances or hardships. In essence, to continue to go on.
Chiropractor Don Freeman, a previous guest, said something to the effect that
you have to be smart and know when not to continue and that might also be called mental toughness.
The way that I think about mental toughness is related to
having a desire, a need, drive, etc. which is a hypothetical state located within the person. This hypothetical
state might also be associated with neurotransmitters . This need or drive creates movement toward a goal because of the tension created. To illustrate, let’s say I am competitive (a hypothetical drive or state within me ). In order to meet this need, I enter a 35 km trail race in which
I expect to finish. By entering and completing the race (the goal) , I achieved my need and thereby reduced the (competitive ) tension state
within. So goal completion is the way that I reduced my tension system.
A goal can be
characterized by employing or giving it a valence or strength. The more
important theneed state , the stronger
goal valence needs to be. If my need
state(competitive nature) is high, then running a 5K trail race(low goal valence
for me ) is not going to allow me to reduce my tension state. I have to
have a more challenging or higher goal valence than a 5K trail run. In other
words, it’s about my perception and what I need to do in order to reduce and
meet my needs or tension states.
In achieving any goalof importance, there are likely internal and/or external barriers that
can interfere with goalachievement or goal completion. An internal
barrier might be : 1. Being physically tired 2. Falling and spraining an ankle.
An external barrier might be : 1. A rocky, rutted trail2. High humid temperature. We have to deal
and get around these barriers. We can’t
allow them to interfere with goal completion.
So, one can visualize a need; a goal; valences and barriers
as one model explaining mental toughness. The next stepis to determine the various characteristics
that allows an individual to deal or get around the many internal and external barriers. Notice in this model, a
need, or goal can be quite varied and does not have to berelated to sports. More about mental toughness characteristicsat a later date.
Watch Melissa Ribley’s interview to learn about her
competitive drive and her goals. You might find her Tevis Cup ride Interesting
when she won the Haggin Cup.
Keep moving, laughing, smiling, deep breathing, bonding, and
Tony and I have a 35K trail race in Folsom on Saturday.
"What is important is to
keep learning, to enjoy challenge, and to tolerate ambiguity. In the end there
are no certain answers." – Matina Horner
We all know that the Hawaiian iron man is one prestigious
event. Some of you may remember that Lance Armstrong was looking forward to
competing in that event. Unfortunately, Lance has been barred from that competition.
Likely, he would’ve done very well. Let’s take a look at a more positive and
That individual is none other than Lew Hollander . Some of you may not know that
the physicist Dr. Hollander is the oldest to have completed this prestigious
event. I told his story In Chapter 10 of “It Has Nothing To Do With Age.” He
has many accomplishments and considers himself one lucky dude. Some of his
story: “ another example of Lew living a
charmed life was during a recent iron man in Hawaii. During the 112 mile bike
ride, he realized he was violating one of the rules when he noticed a plug was missing from one of his handlebars. He
didn’t know how this could have happened, but he knew he was going to be
disqualified if the officials noticed at
the end of the ride that the handlebar was
missing a plug. He began to stuff GU wrappers
into his handlebar along with tape. Not satisfied with that, he remembered
there was a local bike store a couple of miles away. I was having a nervous
breakdown; I was so stressed not knowing what to do, remembers Lew. Then a
short distance ahead, he noticed a shiny handlebar plug on the ground. He
stopped, picked it up and it actually fit; it was a miracle, Lew exclaimed,
adding;…... and miracles continue to
happen to me. Just like what Arnold Palmer said, the more I practice the
luckier I get.”
Lew was born in 1930. Some of the answers to his success can
be found in Chapter 10. In another part of that chapter is the following; “in
talking about his Iron man accomplishments, Lew said those goals were for
personal ego gratification and that no one else cared. Being a scientist and
making a contribution are far more important to him.”Lew has good values and a realistic life
perspective. Keep it up, Lew. He is one amazing fellow.
Linda and I are going to the Olmsted- Coffer Dam trail. I’m
going to run and she is going to ride her Arabian horse Nails. I’m lucky too. On
the other hand, Tony is not joining us because he’s going to the Humboldt area to trailer a horse for Debbie.
Today’s TV show features Melissa Ribley, DVM. She not only vets the
Tevis Cup ride, but competes in it as well. Aside from endurance riding, she
competes in ride and tie and other running races. I know you’ll enjoy her story.
Remember to keep moving, laughing, smiling, deep breathing,
bonding, and loving as it’s good for you.
"Living well and
beautifully and justly are all one thing." – Socrates
Linda and I just returned from Detroit .I went there to
compile research for my upcoming book
regarding mental toughness of the 1969, Michigan Wolverines. We also went there
for a family reunion to be with my cousins. I have a number of cousins living
in the Detroit area. Cousins, Richard and Judy hosted a brunch this past
Sunday. It was super seeing everyone and catching up with their activities.
Also, my sister, Beverly and her mate Roger arrived from the East Coast as
well. We are now making plans for other reunion, this time in the Traverse City
area next year.
On Thursday, Linda and I met coach Gary Moeller in Ann
Arbor. Gary was brought to the University of Michigan as an assistant coach by Bo
Schembechler, the legend. History began that year ,in 1969. Both Gary and Bo
were Ohioans. Not only that, Gary was Captain on Woody Hayes’, Ohio State
University football team. One of Gary’s coaches at that time was Bo
Gary has a friendly smile and is a gentleman. We talked about many things
during that 2 hour lunch. He then accompanied us to the ticket office to make sure we got our
game tickets for the Michigan-Indiana football game.
Later on, Linda and I met Fritz Seyferth, the fullback, for the Wolverines for
beers. Fritz is a tall, athletic, young,
good-looking man. We talked about our
tickets, that he arranged, and his tailgate for Saturday’s game. He hosted this
wonderful tailgate on Saturday and made sure for Mike Keller and I to go on the field before
the game. I must admit that was an
experience being in the Big House with all the activities going on. The players
were going through their drills with Brady Hoke and his staff. I also met previous Michigan head football coach Lloyd
I sat with Fritz during the game while Linda sat with Beverly,
Roger and my football fan cousin Steve. The
game was unbelievable with all the scoring as Michigan won. Also, Mike Keller, All-American
defensive end-linebacker on the 1969
team and Dallas Cowboy with his wife Kimberly met us at the tailgate. Mike is a
real joker with a great sense of humor.
Backing up to Friday, Linda and I had lunch with Jim
Brandstatter , an offensive tackle on
that 69 team. Jim took us to a Greek restaurant. He knows the Greek menu and
ordered a flaming cheese appetizer. He then ordered a variety of Greek delicacies. As he’s
familiar with the owners, especially in Greek town in downtown Detroit, the
owner, of this restaurant, brought us a desert that he made especially for us.
Jim currently does color radio for the Detroit Lions and the
Michigan Wolverines. His wife Robbie is involved in rescuing thoroughbreds from
the racetrack. These horses are evaluated at Michigan State and then they find
new owners to give these horses new careers.
On Monday, Linda and I had lunch with All American, All-Pro
offensive guard and NFL star Reggie McKenzie. Reggie is a large man who is
intense and passionate about what is happening in Washington. He used colorful
language and was very expressive. He told us many stories, especially the one
about captain, All-American, Super Bowl winner Jim Mandich , in the tunnel, just
before going out to the playing field during that classic, Michigan, Ohio State
game. Jim had tears, was grunting unintelligible
sounds , tense while facing and addressing the entire team. Reggie will never forget that
Stay tuned for more about our trip and my upcoming book on mental toughness. These
players and coaches are very special. They were super as 18 and 19-year-old Michigan sophomores . They
are special as well today. For example,
Reggie McKenzie has a foundation that he started in the 70s to help challenged
kids become better students and athletes. Visit his website as you may want to
Later today, Tony and I are going to do 8 to 10 mile trail
run. In the meantime, keep moving, laughing, smiling, deep breathing, bonding,
"When I do good, I feel
good. When I do bad, I feel bad. And that is my religion." – Abraham Lincoln
are symptoms of depression. If you are experiencing or know someone that you
think are experiencing some of the symptoms of depression then a more thorough evaluation is indicated:
1. A sullen mood2. Having feelings of
hopelessness, guilt and/or anxiousness3. Loss of interest in things that were pleasurable at one time, i.e. sex4. A change in appetite, primarily but not always in loss of
appetite5. A change in sleeping
patterns in either inability to sleep, or in sleeping too much6. Inability and difficulty in concentration
7. Lack of energy( i.e. for sex) and/or feeling rundown .
about depression, it brings me back to a class-seminar at the San Francisco
Psychoanalytic Institute that I attended in the late 1970s. I remembered
talking to the psychiatrist who was teaching the class about the benefits of aerobic exercise, especially running and how
that activity combats and is good therapy for dealing with depression. That
unnamed psychiatrist looked at me with a puzzling expression on his face. He
might’ve thought that, may be, I was out of my mind. In any way, I made my case
exercise is more universally accepted as a major benefit to those who have a
depressed mood. And of course, aerobic exercise has many other benefits as
Mo Bartley was
last week’s guest on our TV show “It Has Nothing to Do with Age or Gender.” Mo
began running in her 30s and credited ride and tie participants for herbeginning. This young woman loved horseback
riding and then combined running. She ranultras, and then in her 50sswitched to shorter distances. While still in
her 50s, she has become faster and now leads Trail running groups with Tim
Twietmeyer and Mark Falcone at Fleet Feet in Sacramento. Watch her video and
participate in a running group.http://youtu.be/Xi0D3EPHmx8.
Tony, Chris and I met the ride and tie competition In Cool. Susan Smyth, the
race director, hosted hersecondride and tie in Cool. The three of us, past
ride and tie competitors are currently running. So we decided to run the first
loop of the event. We started out about 10 to 15 minutes before the others and
it took a while for them(competitors) to catch up to us. They did as we were
headed and close to the coffer dam.
horse Gypsy was in the event , and was doing well. However, as we wereheading down the switchbacks, Gypsies, female
partners were walking her back. Unfortunately, Gypsy tripped and scraped her
right leg which was bleedingin the
process. I didn’t see her again until we finished our trail run. Her leg was
wrapped and she was a little off at that point. I expect that the current
owner, a veterinarian –Jen Mather will treat her well. By the way, Jim emailed
me about a month ago that she finished the Virginia City 100 mile endurance
ride. Way to go, girl.
Make it a point
to keep moving, laughing, smiling, deep breathing and bonding to assist you in
Mo Bartley ,a
number of years ago, called Tony a cute name during the very first Run on the
Sly. He revealed that cute name on atrail run a while ago. However, he gets embarrassed; when I call him by
that name. He didn’t want us to reveal” the name” during our TV show.
Chris and I ran a short loop. Tony had a brilliant idea, but because it was
mentioned on the trail, It remains on the trail. I must admit we laughed a lot.
Join us if you can, because I guarantee you’ll enjoy it.
Tuli Kupferberg “When patterns are
broken, new worlds emerge."
Moreabout the early influences of the voice of
the Detroit Lions in Michigan Wolverines, Jim Brandstatter : Part 2.
Aside from the strong academic modeling and emphasis on
sports, Jim was introduced to many cultures because of all the representatives
and the many nationalities from the various countries(i.e., England, India,
Vietnam) that attended the criminal justice program at Michigan State. How was
Jim introduced to all these folks? Art Sr. being friendly, good-natured and
caring would invite the adult students to his home for dinner to meet his
family and to teach them about US family culture. In part this created a
dilemma for his wife. What was she going to prepare for dinner for this array
of ethnic diversity? How could she prepare a dinner that tasted good, was
well-prepared and more importantly did not disrespect the religion or mores of
the individual? Being intelligent and creative, she chose as the main
course“ leg of lamb.” To this day, Jim
loves having leg of lamb as he has wonderful memories of that wonderful,
exciting and intellectual international dinner experience growing up, with his
parents, in East Lansing.
In order to get a strong basic educational background, Jim
attended St. Ignatius elementary school, with Principal Sister Rose Gilbert.
His favorite subjects back then were spelling and math. When he misbehaved in
Mrs. Wintermute’s class, she grabbed him by the back of the shirt ortwisted his ear.There wasnot, at the time , an East Lansing parochial high school, he attended
the public high school, two blocks from his home.
As a high school sophomore, Leo Smedley was an
assistanthigh school football and
wrestling coach. Jim remembers coach Smedley, pushing him like a Marine drill
Sgt. in fact Jim thought he probably was a Marine at some time. The coach would
say “you’re going to find out just how good you are” when they were playing
against good teams.
As a sophomore, Jim,
was about 6’2” tall and weighed roughly 225 pounds. In that year, he started
out on the football Junior varsity team but was promoted to the varsity and
lettered. Jim also lettered in his Junior and Senior yearsand was a team Captainas well. On offense he played either center
or tackle and on defense, lined up in a three point stance, outside the
opposing offensivetackle. Jim not only
lettered in baseball, but received honors and was an all city first baseman in
his Junior year and an all city catcher in his senior year. Aside from football
and baseball, Jim even lettered in basketball and was a center-forward on his
high school team and a co-captain in the last game of the tourney.
Apparently,participating in sports , did not keep Jim busy. Was he hyperactive ? He
also sang in the choir for four years and was selected Homecoming King in high
school as well. Being a good student in high school, he thought of
attendingcollege andmajoring in architectural design. Anyway,
that were his thoughts as a young 18-year-old. However, what college?
More to follow at a later date.
Be sure to watch tomorrow’s TV show “It Has Nothing to Do
with Age or Gender”with guest Mo
Bartley. I am sure you’ll like her story. In the meantime, don’t forget to keep
moving, laughing, smiling, deep breathing and bonding.
In my research on mental toughness, I’ve interviewed a
number of Michigan Wolverine football players as well as coach Gary Moeller.
One of the Michigan players that I interviewed, is Jim Brandstatter. Jim, was
an offensive tackle , and played from 1969-71. Jim has been doing color, on the
radio, for all the Michigan Wolverine football games as well as for all the
Detroit Lions football games since the 80s. He is the voice.
How would you explain an 18-year-old’s decision, in 1968, to
attend and play football for his families and communities arch rival ? Not only
that, this 18-year-old’s father was an All-American fullback at Michigan State .
Moreover, his father Art BrandstatterSr. was a faculty member and headed(director) the School of Criminal Justice
. Thiswell-respected, worldly traveled
Brigadier General educator was appointed
by none other than John Hannah, president of Michigan State University.Oh yeah, the oldest son Art Jr. about 6’3”
and weighed 220 pounds and was thestarting-defensive- tight end in 1959, 1960, in 1961 forthese same Michigan State Spartans.Yes, the youngest Brandstatter, Jim, did just
Growing up in East Lansing, Jim attended East Lansing High
School. He was the last of theathletic
Brandstatter boys and periodically heard “you have big shoes to fill, and you
are the last of the Brandstatters.” Besides , older brother Art Jr. Allstate in both football and
basketball (East Lansing , and Lansing
Hall of Fame) ; there wastheall tournament basketball player John ; middle linebacker, big game(
wild boar, caribou) bow and arrow hunter-fisherman Bill; Mike , a star, on the
state champion footballteam . Wow! This family, I would say, is the epitome
of sport junkies.Did they ever like
sports cannot be denied nor their excellence. And ,you can bet that both
parents were supportive of that fact.
competitive athletic Brandstatter family was, of course, well known by
administrators, coaches and city residentsas a result of their strong presence and decades ofcommunity involvement. It was not unusual, at
all, to see Mrs. MaryBrandstatter driving her boys, at times, to
the various practices as well as seeing them in attendance of all the many games
with her husband. Just think of her full-time job taking five sons to their
various sports activities. Would she have time for anything else, let alone
herself? Jim’s mother was so well known, respected and supported the coaches
that even Art Jr.’s high school football
coach Vince Carrilott asked Mrs. Brandstatterwhowas her favorite coach? It
could’ve been. Gus Gunakas Art Jr.’s basketball head coach( he later became Michigan
State head basketball coach) however, Vince was surprised when she replied, “
More about the “ voice” on a later blog. In any event, I
completed my 35K trail run yesterday and I must admit that it was tough,
especially as the temperature rose. Although I started cramping up, I was
pleased that my Achilles didn’t bother me. I saw familiar faces during the run
In any event, keep moving, smiling, laughing, deep breathing
and bonding because it’s good for you.
My thoughts also went back to a number of years ago , while
running between the 14 1/2 and the 15
mile marker on the Western states trail. At that time, I was running toward my
home in the early afternoon sometime in the fall. The trail turned sharply and
my thoughts went something like this “ what is a cat doing on the trail?” Then,
before me, I saw a lioness and her two cubs. I immediately stopped. I looked at
my obstacle, and wondered if I was the prey? To test my hypothesis, I slowly
inched forward. As I did that the lioness did the same. I stopped. Quickly, one
of the Cubs ran toward me and down into the gully. Thank goodness, the gully
was in front of me. I was scared.
I thought, I better retreat. I backed up slowly still facing
my adversary and was soon out of her sight. I looked for a tree limb for my
weapon. I found my weapon , turned around and began to run away or in other
words, to backtrack. Iknew about the
flight or fight response and chose to flee. I quickly realized that my
breathing was shallow and my running speed severely compromised as I frequently
looked behind me and on the hillside of the trail. I didn’t know if she was
following me. In fact, for the next hour or so, I retreated while continuing to
scan for the enemy. I did not see her again, and only when I was real close to
home allowedmy club to fall by the
wayside. Believe me, I was terrified all the way home. I did feel relief when I
came into my home and locked the doorbehind me.
When I arrived at the kill spot Saturday, all I found were
the remains-the bones of that deer. I must admit that my senses were alert
during the rest of my (Maine Bar) trail
run. I ran well and once again attributed it to the temperature, my cross
training and my conditioning. The first week in October, I intend to run a 35 km race. I should do
Last Thursday’s TV guest on “It Has Nothing To Do With Age
Or Gender ” was Keith Nesbitt of the Auburn City Council. Keith is bringing the
Krazy Man to Auburn,the endurance
capital the world. In 2014, the plan, at the moment, is to have a two day event
in September. On a Saturday, the intentionis to have: 1. A mile or so swim. 2. A 30 to 40 mile bike ride. 3. And
roughly a half marathon trail run. After Saturday’s event, the participants can
attend the Black and White Ball in Auburn. On Sunday, the plan is to:1. A
mountain bike experience maybe to Michigan Bluff2. An endurance ride back to Auburn.
Nothing is in cement that the moment, according to Keith.
This two-day event could be completed by a single person( the Krazy Man ) or a
five person team. Any perspective sponsor or volunteer can contact Keith at
In the meantime, don’t forget to keep moving, smiling, laughing,
deep breathing and bonding.
"To change one's life: 1.
Start immediately. 2. Do it flamboyantly. 3. No exceptions." – William James
Last Thursday, I ran one of my favorite 10 mile loops. After
about 45 minutes, I saw, on the trail, near Brown’s Bar, a recent kill. Lying
there was a deer carcass partially devoured. More thanlikely it was by a mountain lion. Needless to
say, my senses heightened. And, I became much more alert to my surroundings. I
immediately started to scan both sides of the trail while listening for noises.
I even started looking over my shoulder to determine if I was being followed.
At one time, my wife convinced me to carry a knife. However, years ago, I
discontinued that practice.
I thought I ran well on Thursday, but did not give any
credit to a potential lurking mountain lion. I gave the credit instead to
acolder temperature, feeling good and
to my excellent conditioning. I also wanted to be home in time for my interview
with Thom Darden, regarding my mental toughness project. All -American Darden
also played professional football and was all Pro for the Cleveland Browns.
Thom haswonderful stories ,
playingfor the Wolverines and the
Browns.This intelligent football man is
still at the top of his game finding capital for companies. You will hear more
about him onlater posts.
Friday, I did my cross training with the elliptical for
about 45 minutes or so. I’ve been using the elliptical for the last three or
four months while catching up on various movies. Watching a movie is a good
distraction while using this machine.
On Saturday, I ran Thursday’s loop. Before arriving at the
Brown’s Bar kill spot, I began to think
about anumber of possibilities , if I
found an unfriendly mountain lion. I thought about different exit strategies as
well as looking for a club to defend myself.
“Great minds have purposes,
little minds have wishes." – Washington Irving
As many of you may know, I am researching the concept “mental toughness.” The main focus of this
current research has to do with college football
players. More specifically, I have chosen the 1969, Michigan Wolverine team
with new head coach, Bo Schembechler.
His team, in their last season game, were a 17 point underdog to the national
championship team of Woody Hayes’, Ohio State Buckeyes.
However, I want to make it clear that there are many
individuals who have exhibited mental toughness, historically. Some of you
might ask about a definition of this term? Mental toughness has to do with
perseverance, persistence,” stick with It ness’ in spite of hazardous internal
or external conditions. A hazardous condition has to be physical and emotional.
It may be self-inflicted, imposed by others or some external circumstance. In
any event, the individual continues and does not give up, regardless of the
situation or conflict. Some might argue, that by not giving up or discontinuing
might not be the intelligent thing to do.
How one determines and evaluates the situation is unique to
that individual. The evaluation happens between ones ears , or thethinking that takes place. Sometimes , a
defense mechanism like rationalization, denial or intellectualization can or
does distort the reality. Sometimes, a need, drive or overcompensation makes it
difficult to stop or, give up. Sometimes, the identity drives the individual to
succeed or continue.
In my research so far, I found that the group that the
individual belongs to is a main contributor for mental toughness regardless of
religion, color or socio-economic standing. This Michigan team was comprised of
talented sophomores, juniors and seniors that bonded and became one powerful
juggernaut. Some members of the team point to an early-season loss to arch
rival Michigan State University that contributed greatly to team bonding, and
cohesiveness. They believe that the different coaching methods by Schembechler
becameassimilated, accommodated and integrated at that time.
The players had a run of unimagined success after that
early-season loss and became quite the force themselves. After annihilating the
University of Iowa, the week before ,their expectations, confidence ,
motivation , and goal achievement was not to be denied. These players exhibited
mental toughness in that classic 1969 game with the Buckeyes. I’m not at all
suggesting that the national champion Buckeye’s were not mentally tough. I plan
on talking with them also.
The interviewing of the players has been fun for me and
cathartic for them. Their achievement on the football field is clear, as well
as their success in later life. The bonding that took place in 1969, remains
strong today as well. The neurotransmitter oxytocin facilitated good feelings
then and now. Once again, friendships, relationships, enhance one’s emotional
life and don’t forget it. In other words, keep moving, laughing, smiling, deep
breathing and bonding because it’s good for you.
Jerome Beauchamp was my guest on Thursdays “It Has Nothing
to do with Age or Gender.” Jerome, I first met, at the Quicksilver ride and tie
in San Jose. At the time he was partnering up with his brother Robert on Jerome’s
horse Tango. Our friendship grew and we
became good friends. At the time he was living in Newcastle and I was living in
the Bay Area. Shortly thereafter, I moved to the foothills as well.
Jerome’s and Mary’s family grew also. I was fortunate enough to
witness the growth of his family and his personal development and search for
meaning. He is the questioning type and explores self growth. I also had the
opportunity to meet his older brothers, Robert and Arthur.
On my first Tevis experience, Jerome was there to crew for
me and my horse Raider. He was also one of my pacers on my Western States 100
run. He ran with me from Highway 49 to the finish. During our run, I remember
him motivating me by saying “ let’s pick off that runner ahead .” By golly it
We’ve also been Ride and Tie partners and have had memorable
experiences. Our last ride and tie event was held at Drew Barner. I remember
early on that we were doing quite well until I ran by my horse Gypsy. It wasn’t
until sometime much later, that I realized what happened and that Gypsy was tied to a tree, far away. When
I ran back to her, I found her standing,
waiting for me. it took quite a while for me to catch up to Jerome. Jerome ran
a long distance that day.
On our television program, Jerome talked about mental
toughness having to do with perseverance and persistence. We then talked about
his biking across the country from Washington to Massachusetts, and putting his
feet in the Pacific and then the Atlantic. At that time, Jerome, had just
graduated from high school and was 17 . Accompanying him on his ride was his
older brother Robert, some five years older. You’ll enjoy hearing his story.
Jerome also mentioned
a competitive swimming career that began when he was about four years of age or
so ; as well is becoming a very accomplished skier(skiing black diamonds) in
his elementary school years. It helped having two older competitive brothers.
Jerome has competed in triathlons and the California Iron Man. He also completed one of Dan Barger’s echo
challenge series starting at Forest Hill. You name it, and Jerome has likely
done it. You’ll agree, that he’s mentally tough.
Jerome also talked about his identity crisis and his issues,
leaving the real estate industry and his finding a home with super foods and Bright Earth. To learn more
about Jerome and super foods, watch our show. In the meantime, keep moving,
laughing, smiling and deep breathing to assist you on your journey.
Meet Jerome Beauchamp, Bright Earth Foods CEO, mental toughness competitor began competing in swimming as a 4 year old. While in elementary school, quickly out performed his 2 older brothers downhill skiing and at 17, rode a bicycle coast to coast with older brother Robert. Has finished California Iron man, Echo Challenge Series and World Championship Ride and Tie.
"Courage is the human
virtue that counts most — courage to act on limited knowledge and insufficient
evidence. That's all any of us have." – Robert Frost
I am pleased to announce that Jerome Beauchamp is my next
guest on “It HasNothingTo Do WithAge or Gender.” I first met Jerome in the late 1990s at the Quicksilver
Ride and Tie in San Jose, California. Jerome and his older brother Robert were
competing in their first ride and tie. Jeromewas in his late 30s , and Robert in his early 40s. Jerome was an excellentrunner and a rider while Robert was thesuperior runner. I think my partner, at the
time, wasmy friend Bob Edwards.
At some point, after the vet check , I caught up to Jerome
and his horse. As it turned out, the horse lost one of itsshoes. I start talking with Jerome and
advised him not to ride that horse with three shoes. If he did ridethe horse, he would likely lame the horse.
Unfortunately, I didn’t have an Easy Boot to loan him. This meant that Robert
had torun and did run the entire
distance of the race. Jeromenever caught
With that race, started our friendship. At this time I was
living in the Bay Area, while Jerome was living near Auburn. One thing led to
another and I shortly moved to the foothills as well. Over the years, I have
partied with Jerome and his family and watched his kidsdevelop. Jerome has been my ride and tie
partner in a number of events. There was oneWorld Championshipwhen we partnered up with one of Bob Edwards
horses named Judy.Jerome referred to
that ride as “the ride from hell.”Find
out about that memorable ride and tie experience by watching ourshow or learn about it in my book.
Jerome wasalsomy final pacer in 2002 when I ran the Western
States 100. Not only that, he was an important crew member when I rode the
Tevis in 2000. He has been there for me. I know you’ll enjoy his story.
A couple of facts found in the September 13, 2013 edition of
the Wall Street Journal include the following: 1. Those individuals 65 and over
rated their lives happier thanall other
Americans.2. People, between 50 and 64 rated themselves the most
unfavorably.3. People with advanced
degrees rated themselves happier than those with high school diplomas. 4. Households
making $ 75,000 a year or more rated themselves happier than those households
making less than $ 30,000 a year.
If you believe the survey, get older, get a degree and make
more money and you will find happiness. Once again, correlations(a statistical
procedure) do not measure cause-and-effect. As you know or don’t know there’s
more to the story regarding happiness. In any event, keep moving ,smiling and
"Never look down to test
the ground before taking your next step; only he who keeps his eye fixed on the
far horizon will find the right road." – Dag Hammarskjöld
Form Tony: I like the quote but Dag must not of been trail runner. If I didn't look down I would trip more then I already do.
Make sure that your goal is concrete ,measurable, attainable and
the achievement or outcome is crystal clear. To illustrate, one of my goals is
to run 50 miles within a week or seven days. I can either run every day; six
days a week; five days a week or whatever. All I have to do, is calculate miles
per run and multiply that by the number of days that I run. Notice, that my
goal is measurable and easily determined. I will be either successful or not
successful. I have no one to blame but
me if I don’tachieve my goal. However,
when I achieve my goal, I feelgreat.
Make sure that your goal is realistic. Past performance can
be a good guideto determine expectation
of success. Since I have a history, and keep track of my running distances, I
know by now , if my goal is realistic. When I startedto keep track of my running distances per
day, I developed a baselineof
performance.Keep your expectations and
I have selected running 50 miles per week as a goal for the
following reasons.1. This distance
allows me to run any race distanceup to
50 K without having to make major training adjustments. 2. I use that distance as a
barometer for my health. Having a goal not only means thinking about the
future, it also takes into account planning, researching, assessing, evaluating,
practicing/and/or conditioning. Having to look forward to something, that’s
important, is a mental health principle that contributes to my well-being.
Mental toughness , in sports, takes into account achievement
goals and the ability to persist or continue in spite of internal or external
obstacles. An internal obstacle might be related to physical pain. So, if one
is in pain . it is important to evaluate this condition. It might be smart to
discontinue the activity or to re frame one’s thinking. One can acknowledge the
pain but re frame and call it “discomfort.” Instead of thinking about the
mountain orthe hill ahead as “ too
tough or I can’t” re frame and call that hill or mountain “my friend.”Tony, while running, refers to the hills as
his friend. As a young boy, Tony’s father told him to like what he was doing
regardless of what it was. Tony’s still following his father’s advice.
“I can’t” has to be replaced with thoughts like “pick up
your feet,” “put 1 foot in front of the other,” “ I am going to run to the next
tree “ and so forth. In other words, replace negative thoughts with positive
thinking. Negative thinking tends to snowball and must therefore be stopped and confronted immediately. Do not
sabotage or allow the negative or irrational thinking to interfere with
performance because it can.
Mental- physical toughness also takes into account the
ability to stay in the present ,while paying attention to your body. Be mindful
of your breathing and acknowledge the tightness, stiffness or discomfort going on
within your body. Frequently, monitor your breathing, especially belly
breathing. In scanning your body, begin with your head, go to your throat, your
chest, shoulders , etc. and continue to scan all the way down to your toes.
Stay in the present to allow yourself the ability to reduce your discomfort.This is called mindfulness.
It’s also helpful be in a supportive environment for nurturing
during difficult times. Human connections release neurotransmitters like
oxytocin that can be helpful during
times of stress and feeling discouraged and/or aloneness. Don Freeman talked
about the running community and how much assistance hereceived during his Angels Crest100 mile run. Don was extremely thankful and
acknowledged that his success was dependent on his fellow man.
If your goal or goals provide meaning in your life, you
likely know why you’re doing what you’re doing. The importance of your goal
successis related to its meaning and
passion in your life. With meaning andpassion, you have a clear focus and your prioritieslined up correctly. The higher the correlation between success,
meaning and passion , the greater the chance of completion and well-being.
Stay tuned for additional information and insights regarding
mental toughness. Remember, life, andlife experiences are the journey. There are many roads to take. Just make sure to navigate safely and avoid
deadends when you can. While on your
journey, keep moving, smiling, laughing, and deep breathing.
Kirk Edgerton was my guest on last Thursday’s show. Learn
how overweight, fast food alcoholic drinking Kirk, found meaning in his life
through physical exercise. This young man was going nowhere fast until about
age 25, when he made his first breakthrough. His second crisis resolved at
about age 35. Learn about his story.
Kirk runs the Fleet Feet, Fair Oaks, California store. He
has competed in triathlons ,xterrabiking races, and running races ranging from 5K to 100 miles. This is
his story. http://youtu.be/3oBGAbe1enM