Posts Tagged ‘swimming’

Try-athlon

July 21, 2009

For over thirty-five years I have exercised regularly using a variety of forms of exercise.  I believe that it is important to maintaining health and managing stress. In addition it helps enhance quality of life issues.  I am able to participate in a wide variety of activities which I enjoy.  I am not so much a competitor, but a participant.

My latest venture has been simply a change in my training.  I have long incorporated running, swimming, and more recently, biking, in my exercise routine.  My town sponsors a triathlon, so I thought it might be fun to give it a try.  First, I thought that I would see how it would go if I combined the three activities in a single workout.  The first try was: swim for twenty minutes, bike for twenty minutes, and then run for two miles on the indoor (cushioned )  track.  That went so well that a few days later, I tried: thirty minutes swimming, thirty minutes biking, and thirty minutes running (a little over three miles ) outside .  I hadn’t run outside for years.

I was amazed at how good it felt!!  Swimming, no problem!  Biking, no problem!  Running….well, that was a switch!!!  The transition from biking to running was rather strange.  My legs felt all wobbly for about the first five minutes.  After that, I noticed that running outside involved hills!!!  It was difficult, but it felt really, really good.

This morning I was expecting to be stiff and sore with possibly pain in my knees,  back or hips. 

I feel great!!!

It turns out that I won’t be able to participate in the local triathlon this year because of a schedule conflict, but I think that I will incorporate this training into my regular routine. Next year I will be fifty and that sounds like a good age to participate in my first official triathlon. 

We’ll see what the next year brings.

Buddy Check!

July 7, 2009

There was a tragedy in our area recently.  A little girl drowned while on a school outing to a local swimming pool.  There were more than enough lifeguards.  There was a system that was in place and being utilized, yet this little girl still died.  One of the lifeguards at the deep end of the pool went into the water to retrieve what he thought was a t-shirt, and brought up, not a shirt, but a little girl.  How did it happen?  Why was she in the deep end?  Why did no one see her struggle? 

We will never know.  What we do know is that everyone involved feels terribly about what happened to this little girl.

When I was young my family would send me off to camp every summer for a week or two.  Those camps were all located on lakes and there was always swim time.   Swimming in a lake is different than a pool because the water is not so clear.  Once you are under water, you can’t be seen easily, if at all.  The camps that I went to all used the “buddy system”.  In the buddy system, everyone has a partner.  You are supposed to stay with your partner at all times.  Periodically, there is a “buddy check” where you grab the hand of your buddy and raise it in the air.  It is an effective system of watching out for each other.  If the little girl who drowned, had a buddy, this tragedy might not have happened.

This idea can be carried into the Christian life, and specifically, church life.  If all people in a church had at least one “buddy” who was watching out for them, perhaps fewer people would be lost to discouragement and doubt. 

We are not meant to be alone.  We are a part of a community of faith, the family of God.  We need to look out for each other.