As we all gather around the TV to watch the Paralympic Games in Rio which will be on NBC starting on September 8, remember that when cheering on Team USA and watching your favorite country/sport, one thing to keep in mind is that winning any medal is a culmination of a long journey filled with HOURS of Grueling Work!
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I am sure we are all familiar with what has been going on with the Russian delegation in what has become an unfortunate situation for athletes that have been banned from the Olympics and Paralympics. It is unfortunate for these particular athletes who have seemed to be involved in a situation that was out of control. Yet, out of this sadness, there will be victory for all Paralympians.
As we have finished watching an outstanding Olympic games we can fill the next two weeks with anticipation for the Paralympic games which be held September 8-17. The best part of these games is that they will be on the same TV channel as the Olympics. Now, I do look forward to the break! After being glued to my TV at night and on weekends I can use a little break. But not too long! Remember the Paralympics have about 19 different sports plus they will also be in the same beautiful city of Rio. What should not be forgotten about these Paralympic games is that there would be no Paralympic Games if it is was not for the effort of the athletes, NBC, USOC, IOC, Rio Olympic Committee and Dr. Ludwig Guttmann. Who is Dr. Guttmann?
It is not every day that you get an opportunity to go to Moscow, Russia. I am not sure if people choose Moscow as a vacation spot. However, I, along with 8 other USA representatives, was selected to be part of this historical trip. I eagerly accepted for three reasons: one, I was able to travel to a country that I had never been before. I got to visit a friend from Moscow, who I met in the states about 3 years ago. Last, I was given an opportunity to teach and play wheelchair rugby. After 20 years of playing wheelchair rugby you would think that I would be burned out. Not yet!
Protein is the macronutrient firmly in the public eye at the moment. With many purported benefits including building muscle, losing weight and maintaining our health, it is little wonder why protein is on the edge of many health and fitness fanatic’s lips.
As we near the end of the summer, we also start tuning in to watch our countries Olympic and Paralympic heroes take flight. The flight is a culmination of a four year journey that many people start and but not everyone finishes. What is unknown is the painful and arduous journey to get there. What starts as a dream turns into a quest to go where you have never gone and achieve what has only been dreamed in a vision.
Now that the sun is shining a little longer, some of us are drawn to be outside. Some of us become weekend warriors while others are picking up a hobby that your body is not ready for. I played tennis this spring for the first time in 20 years with a recreational tennis league for doubles. Since it had been 20 years from the last time I held a racket, my mind was screaming you are not ready for this.
Training seems to be difficult at first, but a lot of people tend to get the hang of it after a few months. However, the reason these same people fail at sticking to a routine training schedule is because they get bored or hit a plateau. This can be prevented by taking steps to change your routine for the better, which could be considered a way to upgrade your workout.
In my 20 plus years of wheelchair sport, the most enjoyable experiences have been traveling to various countries to compete against other countries. Over my various travels I have had to honor of competing against some of the most competitive athletes I n the world. But I also have met some of the friendliest people. Many of which I still keep in touch with today. I am not sure which is my favorite country, but what I enjoyed the most while overseas was knowing that I might not have spoken the same language or had similar faiths, but we certainly had one thing in common was the love of sport.