It Is Easier To Want What You Get Than To Get What You Want, Apollo 13, and Rube Goldberg Machines

Hi folks, I remember reading a Zen Meditation book, written by a small group in California (I couldn't find this book on line), in which it was stated that 'it is easier to want what you get than to get what you want.' It really means that you can enjoy life with what you have, rather than always wanting what you don't have, to which there is no end. This sounds like the Chez Ollie all wrapped up in a different ... Read more

The Art Of Artful Living And How Training Helps Us To Deal With Aging

  Hi folks! I was listening to National Public Radio (NPR) the other day, where the life of Robert Frost was being discussed, and one of the 'discussants' stated that Robert Frost was of the opinion that we are all artists, and should live our lives as we see the world, not as others would want us to see it. I liked that idea, though I couldn't find the source of this information. Instead, I found the ... Read more

Of Ironmen, Talking Dogs, And Rattle Snakes

  Hi folks, About 10 years ago in mid-summer I was riding a rental bike along a lovely trail in South Dakota, when I noticed a couple of rattlesnakes all wrapped up together in the grass close to a small footbridge with a wooden railing. More about that railing in a minute! This trail was a local railway line that had been converted to a walking/biking trail by the Rails to Trails program (Dagny Taggart is ... Read more

Older People And Younger People Are Good For Each Other

  From Alfred Lord Tennyson's poem In Memoriam:27, 1850: I hold it true, whate'er befall; I feel it, when I sorrow most; 'Tis better to have loved and lost Than never to have loved at all. From: Chez Ollie Hi folks, Recently I had the good fortune to watch my friend Myles, one of my key Ironman supporters, finishing her first triathlon, Swim For Smiles, with a nice solid time. The first one is not ... Read more

Zen And The Art Of Body Maintenance

Hi folks, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance is a great book. When I used to lecture to students interested in a research career, I would recommend reading this book, in addition to 'Arrowsmith' and 'Winning Games Scientists Play,' amongst others. There was a quote from Robert M. Pirsig's great book that I kept over my desk in my messy office at The Chemical Industry Institute of Toxicology where I worked ... Read more

Beware Brad (Greeks?) Bearing Gifts, But Thanks For The Kind Gift Of Amby Burfoot’s Recent Book My Friend!

Hi folks! I am a suspicious person by nature (or nurture?), but I was very pleasantly surprised by a recent present from Brad. Now! I never seem to be able to predict or understand Brad. He just turns up! Sometimes he seems almost scared of me, but he is much bigger than I am so that doesn't make sense. But Deb likes and respects him a lot for all the help that he and his wife have given her with her autistic son, ... Read more

Open Water Swim, New Bike, And Running In The Rain, All In One Weekend: Could Life Be Better?

Hi folks! People often ask me if I am a little crazy doing Ironman training. I think people who don't train are crazy! There is always some kind of workout that you can do, even if you are severely injured or disabled. Just look around and see what some people achieve, like Benjamin Carey, for instance. He and his 'open heart' surgeon completed the New York Marathon one year to the day after they replaced ... Read more

Book Review – “The Athlete’s Guide To Recovery” by Sage Rountree

Hi folks! I met Sage in the Open Eye cafe the other day and, with her usual energy and enthusiasm, she asked me how my training was going. During the ensuing conversation Sage mentioned that her latest book had just come out. I have considered writing a book a number of times, and then thought better of it - too much work! I love to read, so I contribute to the literature by actually buying books to provide the ... Read more

Disclaimer: As a veterinarian, I do not provide medical advice for human animals. If you undertake or modify an exercise program, consult your medical advisors before doing so. Undertaking activities pursued by the author does not mean that he endorses your undertaking such activities, which is clearly your decision and responsibility. Be careful and sensible, please.