June 21, 2018

“What Stands In the Way Becomes the Way…”

As our MidStrong project has started to gain momentum, it is always an inspiration to witness the enthusiasm of our new members! They are excited about getting started, about starting out down a new path that will lead them toward something they’ve dreamt of for years. For some, the entire experience is new to them. It’s fresh. And they can’t help but to share their enthusiasm. It’s just awesome! But, it won’t last. Never does. I’m sorry for my cynicism. But sadly, all that excitement and enthusiasm will inevitably wane. Worse, something else will creep in to take its place… […]
June 21, 2018

Want more mobility? Move…

I have always had really tight hamstrings. Like drum tight. The only time I ever remember feeling flexible was when I was about 15-16. Back then I did Taekwando. For those who aren’t familiar with this martial art form, it originated in Korea and grew very popular here in the 1980’s. The style involves quite a bit of kicking, front-kicks, side-kicks, roundhouse kicks, all-sorts-of-kicks. Taekwando can teach a kid a lot of great stuff such as discipline and focus. But one thing for sure that it improves is flexibility. We spent a ton of time stretching our leg muscles so […]
June 21, 2018

“He is a wise man…”

He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has. – Epictetus Almost exactly thirty years ago, when I was a senior in college, I completed a 465 lb squat. That’s my all-time PR (personal record). It might seem like a lot of weight. But, in the world of powerlifting and strength training that I inhabited it wasn’t impressive. The football players who I trained and other weightlifters on the Army Strength and Powerlifting teams routinely put up far more weight than that. Many of the powerlifters […]
June 21, 2018

This most elusive of blessings…

“True happiness is to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future, not to amuse ourselves with either hopes or fears but to rest satisfied with what we have, which is sufficient, for he that is so wants nothing. The greatest blessings of mankind are within us and within our reach. A wise man is content with his lot, whatever it may be, without wishing for what he has not.” ― Seneca As I’m writing this, I’m thinking about the 13 year old daughter of Kate Spade. Probably because I’m the father of three daughters, the typical sufferings and challenges […]
June 21, 2018

Ever been “muckled”?

My first memory of a knee injury was playing a pre-practice game of “muckle” with my 12 year old football teammates. “Muckle” involves one player running with the football, evading a gaggle of his pals as best he can for as long as his endurance and agility hold out. The others savagely pursue him, determined to “muckle” him, tackling him as hard and violently as possible, whereupon the lucky ball carrier surrenders the ball to the boy who “muckled” him who takes off with it, the pack in hot pursuit. It’s a miracle that more boys weren’t seriously mangled. But, […]
June 21, 2018

“Mr. Bluebird on my shoulder…”

It was a bluebird day. Crystal blue skies, an onshore breeze taking the edge off the brilliant sunshine, the ocean was sun dappled and cobalt blue. The breeze carried the mixed scents of mown grass, lilacs in bloom, and sea salt. Established in 1893 and designed by the famous Scottish golf architect, Donald Ross, the Newport Country Club hosted the very first US Open 118 years ago. It was at its magnificent best on Monday. We have had the remarkable good fortune to play a round at this spectacular historical gem every year for about the past twelve. My two […]