As a small child, I would line up my favorite stuffed animals and watch this, Lady and the Tramp, and Never Ending Story every damn time I was home sick… must have drove my mother crazy. The bears look so constipated when they stare… it’s like they’re pooping love out of their tummies.
LA Tri Club put on a wonderful event at the Culver City Plunge yesterday. It was a 5am to midnight collective swim from Los Angeles to New York, hence “Coast 2 Coast”. The primary goal being to raise funds so that area children may be given free swim lessons throughout the summer. Ideally increasing their love for the water, and decreasing instances of drownings and near drownings. The secondary challenge was for the swimmers to collectively swim the distance between Los Angeles and New York, setting a world record.
I have yet to see anything on the results of the total distance swum, but the most important thing is those swim lessons! What a wonderful way to pay it forward to your community. Way to go LA Tri Club and all of their sponsors! I went with a friend for a 30 minute time slot, and we had a blast cruising in our lane for a hair under a mile each. As one would hope at an event like this, everyone we met was enthusiastic, friendly, and positive. I hope they meet all their goals, and do it again next year. What a great day!
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You may ask, “What does a pile of old, muddy shoes have to do with Earth Day?” Well, lots. Earth Day provides a great opportunity to reflect upon what opportunities are out there for one to green things up a bit.
The photo is from my local Warrior Dash. Everyone participating in the event seemingly ‘destroys’ the shoes they’re wearing, and would likely toss them into the trash. However, the organizers had Green Sneakers there instead to take the shoes and put them to good use. It got me thinking about how many pairs of my old shoes, and goodness knows what else, are sitting in landfills that possibly could have been recycled.
Since it is Earth Day, I thought I’d poke around and see what else I could find beyond the curbside bin. It’s fantastic how many simple ways there are to adjust personal consumption and outlooks in order to reduce impact. Simple things I like, and use daily, are reusable water bottles and coffee mugs. If you’ve got a mug, take it to Startbucks today - they’ll set you up with free coffee! Below are some of the things I’ve come across, please feel free to share the wealth of your knowledge too!
Amazing! Top of the list! - Not only is there boundless information on making your life greener, but you can search where to recycle specific items by zip code: earth911
cycle wheels - spanking new wheel company keeping it green for all you cyclists out there!: IRT Wheels
very cool gifts made by artists from recycled materials! - Uncommon Goods
Reason #1 to run fast in training: Bear will eat you. Bipedal Bear is surprisingly fast. “Rawr,” says Bear.
What will and won’t I blog?
I will absolutely blog about the progress of fundraising and training efforts. You will also find silliness, photos, videos etc. - likely all pertaining to things I notice along the way to achieving said fundraising and triathlon goals. Please visit often and feel free to comment on these posts!
I won’t blog anything that I think may be disrespectful or infringe upon the privacy of my family, friends, coworkers, animals, insects etc. - I love and respect you all way too much. Of course, if you’re into people talking about you and yours on the interwebs, arrangements can be made upon your request… ;)
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