Heading out the door for my speed walk today and just felt overwhelmingly grateful that I could walk. Sounds kinda silly to an able bodied person.
Then I thought about some of the incredible "challenged" athletes we have in this beautiful country South Africa.
Oscar Pistorius had his legs amputated at a very young age and has grown up with prosthetics He has also grown up to be a very fast runner. He has had special blades made to enable him to run. Biomechanically he would have a hard time running with traditional proshetics.
This incredible young man...early 20's.....has been fighting a major battle with the international athletic authorities to.....get this.....ALLOW HIM TO RUN IN THE OLYMPIC GAMES....yes he's that fast. Up till a short while ago he has met with a brick wall. "He has an advantage with the springy blades", they say.
Advantage over what, able bodied guys with REAL legs. Give me a break, are you kidding me.
Anyway, he has finally been allowed to compete in Beijing....all he has to do now is beat the Olympic qualifying time.
Can you image a kid with NO legs's biggest challenge being to QUALIFY FOR THE OLYMPIC GAMES.
The least YOU can do is get off the darn couch and walk around the block,that's a start.
By the way, my speed walk today, 3+kms, a new PB 27.49. Down from my original 1 hour. Looking forward to Fartlek (speedplay) 4+kms on thursday.
Please ask all your non-exercising friends to read my blog...and maybe we'll get another 100 people to fall in love...with health and fitness. Our lives are so precious, don't waste them watching people ride a mountain bike...Go do it yourself.....NOW.