June 18, 2013

Cecilia is really into rainbows.  She is three, so why not.  

The last few mornings, after I pull her out of bed, she scampers off because she wants to paint.  This is when I am glad that I didn’t replace the carpet.  I have her set up on a cardboard box, which, she has been instructed, is her work space, but that she has to keep the paint on it.  She asks for water the clean the brushes and then gets after it.  I usually rub sleep out of my eyes for a while.  

Eventually, she wants me to paint her a rainbow.  We make them out of pink, purple, red and blue.  This is because we own the following colors: pink, purple, red and blue.  We also have glitter.  There is glitter in our rainbows.  

So, she likes rainbows.  When we drive, she asks me about them.  Who lives there, do I remember them.  She asked me if Isreal Komikowiwo lives over the rainbow.  I informed her that I think he does now.  

Since she likes rainbows, I am learning the lyircs to the Rainbow connection.  I can sing a bit of it, and she is starting to sing along.  This one is considerable more difficult than three birds:


Why are there so many songs about rainbows
and what’s on the other side?
Rainbows are visions, but only illusions,
and rainbows have nothing to hide.
So we’ve been told and some choose to believe it.
I know they’re wrong, wait and see.
Someday we’ll find it, the rainbow connection.
The lovers, the dreamers and me.

Who said that every wish would be heard
and answered when wished on the morning star?
Somebody thought of that and someone believed it.
Look what it’s done so far.
What’s so amazing that keeps us star gazing
and what do we think we might see?
Someday we’ll find it, the rainbow connection.
The lovers, the dreamers and me.

All of us under its spell. We know that it’s probably magic.

Have you been half asleep and have you heard voices?
I’ve heard them calling my name.
Is this the sweet sound that called the young sailors.
The voice might be one and the same.
I’ve heard it too many times to ignore it.
It’s something that I’m supposed to be.
Someday we’ll find it, the rainbow connection.
The lovers, the dreamers and me.



November 13, 2009

Though I just moved to SF and get to surf Ocean Beach everyday, for years I have been living on the east coast and in Europe.  Furthermore, I have been a corporate attorney since 2003, working soul wilting hours at the firm.  Thus most of my surfing since 1996 has been seasonal, or sporadic.

A short list of the surfing meccas that I have lived in includes: Milan Italy, New York City NY, Paris France, Charlottesville VA, Cleveland OH, Pensacola FL, Boston MA, and London UK.   As you can imagine, it was a good month when I got to surf three times and even then, I was often more concerned about frostbite than dropping in.

Fortunately my background as a 4 year D1 water polo player, swim coach, nutritionist and physical trainer helped me to work out effectively out of reach of the ocean so that when the ice finally broke, I could put on my 6/5/4 and paddle out without being overwhelmed.   Further, I have prevented injuries and could outpaddle most of the guys who surf every day.

But it was not until lately, when I had a reunion with some of my old surfing buddies who work for Citi in New York and we all paddled out in Santa Cruz, that I heard from them how frustrated they were that their offseason freshwater work and weight training did NOTHING to improve their surfing.  As a result, it took them most of a 3 week trip to get back into shape.  I asked them what they were doing, and immediately recognized that while the effort was genuine and wholehearted, it was misguided.

This blog is going to try to talk about efficient and effective training outside the ocean, to make your experiences in it better.  There is probably something to be gained for the pro who surfs everyday about strength training without bulking up, or injury prevention, but the target audience will be those people who get out of work at 9pm, or surf Old Orchard in Maine, or live in Wisconsin and travel to Costa or Hawaii a couple times a year.  Maybe this is for people who travel for business, who take 3 weeks off at a time, or for new parents who surf, but cannot make it to the ocean as much as they wanted.

This is stuff that I used training my swim team and the two water polo teams I have taught.  Its stuff I have tested myself.  Its material that I have tested with my friends, and now I share it with you.  Why should the lucky few who can surf everyday have all the fun?