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Inspiring Others By Doing.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

I had a great swim yesterday at Wekiwa Springs State Park. They have a natural spring which is (according to my Timex GPS watch) about 100 yards across, the way I swim it.

I felt pretty good, so I decided to just swim slowly and do a non-stop swim. I usually stand up and rest for a few seconds, maybe after 200 or 400 yards. Today I'd count this a a long slow swim. I ended up doing about 1400 yards steady swimming after a short warm up swimming to my 'start' point.

Considering I am supposedly in recovery mode from a marathon this past Sunday, I felt great! I stopped before I got tired and swam to the exit, a set of stairs where sometimes people congregate. There was an older (retired age) couple there and a younger guy, whom I later learned was 45 y.o.

The lady, sporting a huge grin, asked me how far I had swum. I told her it was about 1400 yards or so. She and hubby said they had been 'watching me swim, and felt guilty that they were out there wading a while ago, while I was working so hard'. What went unspoken was the 'for an old guy' part. I proudly informed them that I was 67 years old and training for a half ironman competition (few people know what a 70.3 is). Part of my comment was bragging and part of it is my knowing how enthusiastic people get when they hear about senior citizens doing something out of the ordinary.

The younger guy chimed in, telling us his age and that he had done a few half marathons in the past, and seeing me and hearing my story had inspired him to maybe try again. I encouraged him to do so.

So, simply by getting out there and swimming, I had met 3 very nice people and encouraged at least one of them to resume a pursuit of a more healthy lifestyle. Who knows when one can inspire others? Maybe someone sees you running, cycling or swimming and silently decides that they can do that, too?

That's just another benefit I received from being out there training, and having fun!

Thanks for reading and have a great day.


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
SPEEDYDOG 2/17/2014 8:56AM


You are such a nice man. Thanks for relating this story and the great photos of your swimming hole. You are an inspiration to a lot of people. Me included!

Thanks, Bruce

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SEABREEZE65 2/16/2014 6:56AM

    You are always an inspiration.... Great swim!

Maybe it is me, but many people I meet - instead of being inspired to get out there - just tell me I'm crazy.


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BROOKLYN_BORN 2/15/2014 7:02PM

    That is certainly more pleasant than a standard concrete pool. Nice to provide a different image of senior citizens. Good for you!

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CRYSBROWN1 2/14/2014 2:34PM

    The swimming area looks beautiful! I think sharing your healthy journey is inspiring to everyone - including me too!

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RAINEMARIE214 2/13/2014 3:38PM

    You really are a huge inspiration for so many people, me included!

And that looks like one amazing swimming location!!

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    You are an inspiration to many. Keep it up

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ROXYZMOM 2/11/2014 10:25PM

    You are amazing! You inspire me all the time!

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1CRAZYDOG 2/11/2014 7:55PM

    Good for you!!! Age is a #, it doesn't dictate what you can or can't do, what you should or shouldn't do! Just do it!

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STRIVERONE 2/11/2014 7:47PM

    I'm adding myself to this list of people who are inspired by you and I hope that I am inspiring others in turn.

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WONDERWOMAN 2/11/2014 6:36PM

    You are a daily inspiration to me and many others I am sure.

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DALID414 2/11/2014 6:15PM

    Yup! That's how I started running, by driving by the beach after work and seeing people of all shapes, sizes, and ages, and thinking, I can do that!

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JACKIE542 2/11/2014 4:46PM

    I am glad you inspired those people, you really do inspire me, I may not run but I am trying to walk faster when I go out now, so far only a minute faster, but I will keep trying. emoticon

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IFDEEVARUNS2 2/11/2014 4:12PM

    emoticon You always inspire me!

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 2/11/2014 4:10PM

    You always inspire me!

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MBTEPP 2/11/2014 1:57PM

    Pay it forward! It is great that you are inspiring others, and it is because of "your age!"

Swimming is a great recovery for anything.


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MASRITE 2/11/2014 1:55PM

    You always inspire me!!

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BUTTERFLY-1976 2/11/2014 1:16PM

    emoticon It's true, you never know who your inspiring. Great story.

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MAESTROSHASHA 2/11/2014 12:59PM

    It is so true that by getting out there you inspire others. I read a story once about a guy who was severely obese and had very low mobility. His wife would help him get set up near the window before she left for work for the day and he would spend his entire day there. One day he saw someone ride by on a bicycle and became inspired. It was a long process, but the short story is that he ordered a custom made heavy duty bicycle and eventually got on it and started riding a little bit everyday. Eventually he pedaled his way to a healthy weight and a transformed life. All because he got inspired seeing someone else out there.

Keep it up! Stay out there. I am sure you are inspiring more than just the people you know about! :)

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BIGPAWSUP 2/11/2014 12:21PM

    You have always been an inspiration to me. I'm happy so see you getting some recognition for it.

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LISAINMS 2/11/2014 12:13PM

    Great swimming hole! What is the water temp now? You are so fortunate to have this natural resource for your training instead of laps in a pool.

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LEWILL1982 2/11/2014 11:18AM

    You motivate and inspire others, and sometimes in that process, it can help us motivate ourselves at times. If I think I can set a good example for others, it's sort of like paying it forwards and then backwards, if that makes sense. Great job, beautiful picture! Nice to hear (read) that your recovery is going well!

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CHEMCHIC2006 2/11/2014 11:14AM

    Great story! One of the reasons I push myself to meet new challenges is because I'm hoping to influence others to do the same. I think deep down, every athlete feels the same. Hoping I can continue to do so well into my older years! Thanks for showing us how it's done :)

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JODROX 2/11/2014 10:45AM

    Great story! You inspire me too!

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SUZIPAM1 2/11/2014 10:41AM

    wow you are a machine - you totally inspired me - thanks a lot :)

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