Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Average Obese Woman Gets 1 Hour of Exercise a Year (Men only 3.6 hours)

Yesterday I read a new study that stated the average obese woman gets only one hour of exercise a year.  Man only do slightly better at 3.6 hours yearly. Another study stated 1 out of 3 people in the US is obese.  That means that 33% of the US population gets less than 3.6 hours of exercise year. (16% gets less than one hour a year). 

The study defined "vigorous" exercise as activities that burn fat like jogging and jumping rope, but not sexual activity.  Sexual activity?! Oh...that to easy to make a joke about.  I'm not touching that one.

Just to put this more into perspective.  Here are the average number of hours a year that people spend on other activities (per a 2012 study): (

Men Women
Personal care activities. 3365.30 3555.10
          Sleeping 3139.00 3233.90
Eating and drinking 474.50 438.00
Household activities. 470.85 792.05
          Housework. 102.20 328.50
          Food preparation and cleanup 102.20 273.75
          Lawn and garden care 91.25 43.80
          Household management 36.50 54.75
Purchasing goods and services 219.00 306.60
          Consumer goods purchases 98.55 156.95
          Professional and personal care services. 21.90 36.50
Caring for and helping household members. 127.75 240.90
          Caring for and helping household children. 98.55 193.45
Caring for and helping nonhousehold members 58.40 73.00
          Caring for and helping nonhousehold adults 21.90 18.25
Working and work-related activities 1522.05 1073.10
          Working. 1365.10 974.55
Educational activities. 193.45 171.55
          Attending class. 109.50 94.90
          Homework and research. 65.70 58.40
Organizational, civic, and religious activities 94.90 138.70
          Religious and spiritual activities 43.80 65.70
          Volunteering (organizational and civic activities) 40.15 54.75
Leisure and sports. 2113.35 1814.05
          Socializing and communicating. 262.80 277.40
          Watching television. 1120.55 952.65
Telephone calls, mail, and e-mail 40.15 73.00

Links to the report summary.

Monday, February 24, 2014

26.2 With Donna Marathon - 2014


“26.2 With Donna” was supposed to be my first marathon of the season but somehow it became my 3rd behind Jacksonville Bank and Disney.  Yes, I have a problem.  It is not hard to convince me to register for a race.

I think it's time for a new pillow.

This is an AWESOME race.  Everything about it is well run:  parking, space heaters before the race, transportation, crowd support, after party food, beautiful run on the beach, street parties, etc, neighborhoods handing out food, booze and water.  I have done over 2 dozen running races and this is by far the best run race.  This race is extremely fun and is my favorite race.

The crowd support is awesome.  Along Atlantic Avenue everyone is partying.  On Atlantic Avenue, I received three full beers, one mimosa and had six port-a-potty stops.  I was ”saving the ta-tas” while killing my liver!

A new marathon PR!!

Apparently the way to PR in a race is to visit two Jacksonville breweries the day before a race, eat ton of fried food,  drink beer during the race and stop six times for potty brakes because I PRed by about 14 minutes!!
Chip Time: 4:11:58
Pace: 9:36

The Marathon Bling

Strange things you see in Jacksonville, FL
Apparently, there is a market for
resale children in Jacksonville.

The world's coolest pink garbage truck

Mr Half TRIing had to sign the bump truck 

Monday, February 17, 2014

He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.

"What was really needed was a fundamental change in our attitude toward life. We had to learn ourselves and, furthermore, we had to teach the despairing men, that it did not really matter what we expected from life, but rather what life expected from us. We needed to stop asking about the meaning of life, and instead think of ourselves as those who were being questioned by life - daily and
hourly. Our question must consist, not in talk and meditation, but in right action and in right conduct. Life ultimately means taking the responsibility to find the right answer to its problems and to fulfill the tasks which it constantly sets for each individual." Viktor Frankl

This weekend I had a long trip to/from Atlanta.  Along with way I put in one of my brainy books.  It was a book about psychological and mans search for meaning (this book was sure to put Bonnie into a deep coma sleep). 

Sometimes you need to read a "brainy book" in order to
prepare to take over the world!!

I know you are asking, "why do you put this into a athletic blog?! Has Mr Half TRIing officially lost his mind?!" Bear with me..

The book was "Man's Search For Meaning: An Introduction to Logotherapy" by Viktor Frankl.  Before I bore you to death, let me tell you this book has sold 10 million copies and has been translated into 24 languages.  The Library of Congress says this books belongs to a list of "the ten most influential books in the United States."

Quick summary, "Man's Search for Meaning is a 1946 book by Viktor Frankl chronicling his experiences as an Auschwitz concentration camp inmate during World War II, and describing his psychotherapeutic method, which involved identifying a purpose in life to feel positively about, and then immersively imagining that outcome. According to Frankl, the way a prisoner imagined the future affected his longevity. (Wikipedia)"

Parts of the book are very interesting and some of it was a little dry but all of it was mind opening and I highly recommend you pick up the audio book.  It's only 4 hours and you can bear through it.

What we do as endurance athletes is unique.  People do not understand why or how we do what we do.  How do we get up every morning in freezing or blistering hot weather to swim, bike and/or run?  Why do we do races that last 16 hours?  Why and do we suffer through all the pain?

In this book Viktor Frankl describes what it took for concentration camp inmates to survive in Auschwitz.  Basically he said those who had a reason to live could bear through anything.  Those who could not find meaning slipped into death.  Each individual needed to determine their reason to live (at that moment).  Once they fould the reason they could bear the suffering.  Friedrich Nietzsche summarized this when he said, "He who has a why to live can bear almost any how." 

I am not comparing athletes to the suffering of concentration camp inmates but through their suffering we can learn a lot about life.  Frankl was a psychologist (and also an inmate) who saw that prisoners who had a "why" to live could bear all the "hows."

Frankl argues that the meaning of life is an individual thing and it can change at any given time.  As long as you have a meaning to life you can suffer through anything.

When we athletes set a goal (our why) we can bear any "how."  My current "why" is my first Ironman and over the next several months I can bear almost any "how."

What you is your current "why?"  It does not need to be an athletic goal.  But everyone needs a "why."  Without a "why" it will be very hard to suffer through all the "hows."

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Carry "H.O.P.E." for Child Birth Defect Awareness Campaign in US.

I had the honor of catching my my friend Mathew at Ironman FL 2013.  He carried his charity's H.O.P.E flag for the entire marathon of the Ironman.  If you don't know about the H.O.P.E Flag and Shawn's Anomaly I suggest you visit their sites and learn more.

I met Mathew at Ironman FL 70.3 about three years ago.  This was both our first 70.3 race.  We were the last wave to go off so we had plenty of time to talk away our nervous energy.  He told me about his charity. On the Monday after the race I went to his website and donated money in his child's name.  Since then we have talk through many emails and through our blogs. 

The other day (by chance) I came across Shawn's new challenge.  He wants the H.O.P.E flag carried at every full Ironman in the US.  We'll I happen to be doing Ironman FL 2014 and he needs someone to carry the flag at that race.  So I am working with him now to see if we can make that happen.

Here is the Summary

Every 4 ½ minutes a child is born with a congenital birth defect, and it is the leading cause of infant deaths worldwide. This common, costly, and critical epidemic unfortunately does not get enough public attention thus leaving new parents feeling hopeless and alone when they are given the life altering news. Matthew and his wife, Rachel, know this from personal experience. Their only child, Shawn, was born with several birth defects including a 1 in 35 million condition that doctors had never treated before.

“When the doctors told us they had never seen these birth defects before, my wife and I were shocked and heartbroken for our newborn son. I mean what would you do?” Matthew explains, “An anomaly is a deviation from the normal, so I decided to be an anomaly and DO something. I told the doctors that we were going to make a deal. They would do what they could to fix my son, and I would make sure that another doctor could never tell a family what they just told us. That was the best deal I have ever made!”

It took 3 life-threatening surgeries in Shawn’s first year of life, but he survived. Shawn now lives like a typical 4 year old, but his scars serve as a daily reminder of the miraculous medical journey. Matthew kept his end of the deal by starting the non-profit, Shawn’s Anomaly, with a mission to provide education, hope, and help to families affected by congenital anomalies. Matthew also decided to raise awareness for this mission through his own “Anything is Possible” journey transforming from and overweight smoker to Ironman Triathlete.

After he finished Ironman, Matthew had several families send him messages of appreciation for telling their story and sharing their story with him. “It did not take long for me to realize that my journey was not over, and I could do something unique and personal to inspire and encourage other families,” Matthew states. A flag was created that he carried during the 2013 Ironman Florida for the duration of the 26.2 mile run. You can watch a video and find out more about the significance of the design by going to Matthew continued, “I knew how hard that would be, but it is not as hard as what they go through on a daily basis. Anything is possible if I just take it one step at a time!” Matthew did just that and most recently again at the Houston Marathon with the flag.

This journey has really brought a lot of inspiration and "hope" to families affected by congenital anomalies while making the public aware of birth defects.

Matthew has decided to take the H.O.P.E. Flag Challenge to a new level in 2014 by watching the flag become a proverbial torch and carried for every marathon mile of the U.S Ironman events by several athletes. He will pass the flag to the first athlete at Ironman Texas and they will run with it like he did at Florida. After completion of the race, the successful athlete will then be flown to the next event where they will pass off the flag to the next athlete.

We are going to document the athlete's stories and training while pairing them up with a family affected by congenital anomalies that is regionally in the area of the race. We plan to tell each family's story and invite them to be there when the athletes finishes with the flag to catch their reaction. Once we collect all the athlete and family stories, we will then put them in a 10 part online documentary series called the Stories of H.O.P.E. and allowing the audience to interact with live chats and podcasts with the athletes, families, and filmmakers.

The audience will also be allowed to submit their videos talking about how it has inspired them to become more active and how they want to join the iDO! Birth Defect Awareness Movement. The final story will be the Ironman World Championship where all of the athletes that carried the flag will meet the athlete at the finish to grab the flag one more time together and raise the flag as a victorious gesture.

He is looking for athletes for the following races..
If you are interested let me know and I will put you in touch with Mathew.

Coeur d'Alene 6/29/14 Coeur d'Alene, ID
Wisconsin 9/7/14 Madison, WI
Chattanooga 9/28/14 Chattanooga, TN
Louisville 10/24/14 Louisville, KY
Arizona 11/16/14 Tempe, AZ

H.O.P.E. (Helping Others, Providing Education)