Sunday, March 15, 2015

SAILING THE LOOP:  Being physically strong

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I BELIEVE THE GOOD LORD GAVE US A FINITE NUMBER OF HEART BEATS.  I'M DAMNED IF I'M GOING TO WASTE MINE RUNNING UP AND DOWN A STREET  Neil Armstrong

                    LIVE YOUR LIFE AND FORGET YOUR AGE  Norman Vincent Peale                   
 
Six thousand miles in a small sail boat is nothing to take lightly.  I do not!  I know that I must be in good physical shape.  I plan to be in my very best shape before I shove off.  I have already started to lose weight. So far I have lost nine pounds and two inches around the waist.  Now that the weather is a bit more mild, I will start to walk tomorrow.

YOU ARE NEVER TOO OLD TO SET ANOTHER GOAL OR TO DREAM A NEW DREAM
C. S. Lewis

When I turned 70 I told my doctor that I had active plans for the next 25 years and that I would then need an additional 5 years to wind things down.  I asked if he could handle that.  He started to see me every three months increasing my lab work to the same schedule.  A couple exams ago he said that for my age I was "In good shape, had a keen mind, had places to go and things to do".  He opined that it didn't get any better than that.

I'M PUSHING SIXTY.  THAT'S ENOUGH EXERCISE FOR ME....................Mark Twain

This is Old Town Creek. This is where I started my life.  I cannot remember learning to swim. My earliest memories are being on the river. At five years of age I could row a john boat while Mom ran her trot lines.  I was in the Sea Scouts.  I joined the Navy when I was barely 17.  I sailed the Pacific for years in a small sea going tug.  I've sailed across the Atlantic six times.

MY IDEA OF EXERCISE IS A GOOD BRISK SIT.  Phyliss Diller

I have been down the Ohio River three times since I retired at age 60.  I once spent six weeks in the Oday Mariner sail boat I plan to use on this trip.  I have studied the trip diligently.  I have read of others who have made the trip.  My age and physical condition not withstanding, I believe I am fully qualified to sail the Great Loop.

And as I always say when I start an adventure like this, "If it gets to be more work than fun, I'll just go home".  I started out to hike the 2000 mile Appalachian Trail but only hiked 600 miles of it. I hiked across Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee and part of Virginia.  I have no friend or relative who has done more.    

MAY GOD BLESS
YOU AND YOURS

MAY GOD BLESS
THE USA


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