My ironman training starts with a sunrise ocean swim two times a week. Water is a balmy 82 f. From point at Kanapaali beach to Black Rock 1.5 miles. Dolphins join me sometimes to play and pass me, but turtles I can thankfully barely still pass!
I keep running into this old turtle and old friends from my past young life living part time on Maui. Must be at least 350 lbs or more and maybe 50 years old. A green sea turtle with at least 100,000 miles on him by now. I find my peace underwater with the silence, fish, and coral reefs.
A poor skip the dishes cyclist. His chain broke on his bike on the bridge. The poor kid was standing at the concession in the park looking at the food. He was hungry, stuck and naturally a bit upset. His clothes and holes in his shoes told me he was poor. So I got him a double cheeseburger, fries, pop and a donut. Many people gave me a room and food on my journey. Made my day, just seeing that he was so happy was priceless ....... PS we fixed the chain too.
I just applied, (because Im already able to skip breakfast sometimes) and Canadians can now finally apply. Need a challenge or one gets weaker. Filming May to July 2023 in Fiji. Winner gets one million USD.
Losers lose 15 to 50 lbs in Fiji. I love Fiji.
I found a wallet last week, cycling Sunday along Blenheim, it was inside a lost pannier. I took the wallet with credit cards money etc and left the pannier with a note and my number in case she came back looking for it. The girl excitedly called me an hour later as she found the pannier and note. I rode to her house and personally gave her the wallet back. She hugged me so hard my lungs deflated. Then gave me a few of her organic garden veggies she grew and a jar of her homemade bee honey. I was so happy for her. She was a Kitsilano girl grown up from then I could just tell.
Yesterday on Broadway on my way cycling to a Drs. appointment, I gave a vagrant type guy sitting on the sidewalk panhandling my freshly bought hash browns and bagel. He grunted and just grabbed them and chowed down didnt even look up at me. Oh well, I felt sorry for him. Made me sad rather than happy (like returning the wallet did). Kind of glad he didnt give me a hug anyways.
But I think I'll stick to finding wallets
If you look closely, you will find nature is always talking to you, are you listening?
Drink water from the spring where horses drink. The horse will never drink bad water. Lay your bed where the cat sleeps. Eat the fruit that has been touched by a worm. Boldly pick the mushroom on which the insects sit. Plant the tree where the mole digs. Build your house where the snake sits to warm itself. Dig your fountain where the birds hide from the heat. Go to sleep and wake up at the same time with the birds – you will reap all of the days' golden grains. Eat more green – you will have strong legs and a resistant heart, like the beings of the forest. Swim often and you will feel on earth like the fish in the water. Look at the sky as often as possible and your thoughts will become light and clear. Be quiet a lot, speak little – and silence will come in your heart, and your spirit will be calm and full of peace.
I was standing by my tree the other day in the park. The city planted it for all my charity work. A lady walking by said, so sad, and asked me if I knew him. I said yes, he was a pretty nice guy.
I took a seat several years ago in Purgatory. Its what I call the gloomy cancer treatment room down in the hospital basement. One in three of us will eventually take a seat here waiting. I feel it is a transportation hub like an airport: one departure is either happily going back to life, the other to death. Beside me today a young girl head in hands was crying. Crying is not so unusual as many do here . She was young and pretty maybe 25 wearing the tell tale breast cancer treatment hospital gown over her jeans and she had no hair. People walked by, nurses doctors all busy like cars just driving by the poor hurt animals I see on the roads. I asked if she was ok or if she wanted to talk or make a puzzle with me. She looked up surprised with her strikingly beautiful green eyes and she even pulled together a little smile. "Thank you. I have been coming here for 4 months for radiation and chemotherapy and today is my last day". They were tears of joy. She made me cry tears of joy with her, because today, for this beautiful young woman, the stairs out of purgatory opened up and she was returning to life. A stronger and more beautiful person that she ever was before or ever imagined she could be..
I am a fire captain and cancer survivor.
In memory of the
FIRE FIGHTER CYCLE
FIRE FIGHTER CYCLE
A Cycle Around the World For Cancer Charity