Women Spoke Volumes On Election Day

Was in NYC Thurs night and just couldn’t sleep. 2:30am went down to the hotel fitness center and, just what I needed, set myself up in front of this life-size, back-lit, black-and-white of Billie Jean King in her fierce prime at Wimbledon.

Both sneakers off the grass, in perfectly balanced flight, the eyes and body focused as if a cheetah on the final pounce.

And all this got me to thinking how proud I was of the American public on election night.

This BJK match no doubt took place early ’70’s, right about the time Roe v Wade changed women’s lives in this country….forever.

On election night, we learned that the Millennial generation, those under 30, voted in record numbers.

We heard a classy Governor Romney give a brief and elegant concession speech. He indeed fought hard, He indeed, as President Obama said in his acceptance speech, showed throughout his campaign how deeply he cares about his nation, our nation. (Now if only Congress will indeed follow his words from that night and support the President over the next four years, instead of resisting his every move.)

And on election night we learned that the American people simply will not abide by preposterously misogynist attitudes such as the outrageous Todd Akin and his notion that women can somehow will a pregnancy not to occur in the case of rape….such as Richard Mourdock’s repugnant statement that pregnancies that result from rape are God’s will.

Women spoke volumes on Election Day. Men who stand up for human rights, including women’s rights, used their voices through their votes.

President Obama, nor any one individual, nor any one cabinet, cannot work miracles and resolve devastating economic woes in four short years. (….especially when campaigning takes 18 months of the term away from the work at hand…when are we going to move to a 6-year Presidential term?)

Let’s all of us get behind the President and follow the JFK lead (what can we do for our country?)….and let’s be proud and secure that we the people have spoken in terms of women’s rights to the decisions around our own bodies.

Congrats to Mayor Bloomberg


Sincere congratulations to Mayor Bloomberg for what has to be called a gutsy decision today in canceling the NYC Marathon.

Mayor Bloomberg could have intellectually argued the points that would have backed up a decision to continue the city’s beloved event but he abandoned intellect and chose heart.

Let me also congratulate Governor Chrisie for his upstanding leadership, leaving politics aside as Mayor Bloomberg left business aside, in choosing their peoples’ immediate welfare above all other considerations.

You can help people affected by disasters like hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, fires and tornadoes, at home or around the world, by making a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief.
 

NO to NYC Marathon 2012

The debate has grown in fervor all week long: To run this Sunday’s NYC Marathon….or not.

Mayor Bloomberg has so far given his blessing to run the famous race, his reasoning being that the annual upbeat energy of thousands bringing spirit…and of course bringing several million dollars into the city’s economy…. would be a healing enterprise when New Yorkers sorely need it.

That side of the debate held some credence earlier this week. But now that we are five days into escalating distress—people without homes, without water, without food, without gas, without electricity, without heat in sub- freezing temperatures—it is patently absurd to think that running a sporting event that takes police personnel, thousands of volunteers, closing of bridges that are already strained makes any sense.

The idea was originally that the race would be dedicated to all those who lost their lives to the wrath of Sandy.

Running the race would be a deplorable affront to those lost souls….as well as to those suffering in the aftermath of the storm. These people are in crisis. Thousands of athletes, seeking the thrills and individual challenges that are the usual bounty of this spectacular event, should themselves make the collective decision.

You can help people affected by disasters like hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, fires and tornadoes, at home or around the world, by making a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief.

You 2012 NYC Marathon entrants, stand up. Make your declaration that you will not run this year. You will instead make contributions, every one of you, to the Red Cross, earmarked for New York City disaster relief.

WOMEN STAND UP!

Only six days until Election Day. It’s CRISIS TIME. Women, and those of you good men in support of women’s rights, come on now, we must stand up for President Obama.

We can heartily debate health care, the economy and foreign policy…..as we should….but if there is one glaring no-brainer, it’s the human rights issue that teeters in the balance of this election: women’s rights.

We MUST NOT go backward. We WILL NOT return to the days of illegal clinics along dark hallways and be gouged with wire hangers. We CANNOT let the decades (no centuries) of work toward our freedom come undone in this 21st century.

Our forefathers established separation of Church and State. If an individual is devoted to a particular religion and those tenets forbid abortion in any situation, rape included, then it is that individual’s right to bide by those tenets.

It is not for government to sweep across the land and deny women their freedom of choice for any reason.

Governor Romney is clear on several anti-women points:

 

  • His immediate plan is to overturn Roe Vs Wade, one of the most important pieces of legislation in our country’s history.
  • He has stated that he will quickly and entirely defund Planned Parenthood, the organization that has saved countless teenagers’ futures.
  • He will slash Family Planning Programs.
  • He will axe the Affordable Care Act.

 
Romney supports a candidate who claims rape is God’s will. And without Planned Parenthood and the Affordable Care Act, where will those rape victims turn for crisis intervention?

We MUST NOT bring Governor Romney to presidential power, influencing women’s rights through his Supreme Court and Congressional colleagues. We MUST let President Obama continue to protect and respect our freedom of choice.

Red Cross Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief

Frustrating from far away not to be able to directly help the literally millions in need as Hurricane Sandy has caused so much destruction, even loss of lives.

You can help people affected by disasters like hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, fires and tornadoes, at home or around the world, by making a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief.

Best way is to go to Red Cross site and donate under Disaster Relief. Red Cross vetted in their scruples. Your money goes directly to those under siege from floods, high winds, fires.

The minimum online donation is $10 but, if you can possibly spare it at this time of American crisis, imagine how those $10 hits add up and literally go to the firefighters, the first responders, the medical units in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and so many of our communities who are going to suffer the aftermath of Sandy for many weeks to come.

Let’s stand up together, Xtreme Dreamers, and put some muscle behind the good works of the American Red Cross.

USAT Art and Science of Triathlon International Coaching Symposium

Tomorrow, I will give the keynote at the USA Triathlon Art and Science of Triathlon International Coaching Symposium.

If I thought my sport of marathon swimming had grown by leaps and bound since I retired way back in 1980, the sport of triathlon has taken off like a rocket ship. Just think about your own circle of colleagues and friends. Don’t you know minimum a handful of folks who are training for their first triathlon?

The running craze slowed down when knees started to ache from all the pounding. Runners started to add in cycling and swimming to cross-train and keep their knees sane. Week-end athletes love the challenge of mixing all three sports into their training and then trying to negotiate it all on the week-end races.

The very first event i covered as an announcer for ABC Sports, back in 1980, was the Ironman in Hawaii. Anybody, the winner or the very last finisher, who calls him or herself an Ironman or Ironwoman has my utter respect. That is one grueling day.

2.4 mile swim
112 mile bike
26.2 mile run

A marathon earns enough respect on its own. Always will, in my book. But to throw that in after the swim and long bike ride….it’s nothing short of an awesome achievement.

The Triathlon Symposium this week-end is slated to include scientists, coaches, Olympians…. all from the sophisticated, highest levels of today’s endurance and sprint Triathlon world.

I am honored to offer this prestigious group my stories….and I look forward to absorbing all they have to share while I’m there.

4 Canine Fans

But seriously. FOUR canines in one household, all making eye contact with the camera??? I’m not sure any human fan made the Xtreme Dream t-shirt look quite this spiffy!! Thanks to Ginger Garrett for the photo!!!

p.s. I do believe the redhead is my favorite!!

Voice of America

I do remember standing on the beach when I was 9 years old and I looked across at the horizon and I said to my mom “I wonder if anyone could swim over to Cuba.”

The Greatest News


Robin Roberts underwent her dangerous bone marrow transplant surgery two weeks ago.

Not an exaggeration to cal this period….waiting for the new cells to hopefully be accepted and start working in Robin’s body…..life or death.

The marker whereby the doctors can declare good or not-to-good status is white blood cell count.

As of yesterday, Robin’s white count started to climb. Joy and celebration are finally the mood around the Roberts home.


We will see that RR beaming smile among us very soon, I have high hopes.