Saturday, 20 August 2011

Trying triathlon?

I was really surprised when I heard one of my old friend finished his first triathlon race this year.  And I was much much inspired by his accomplishment and decided to try triathlon.

Yes, I set my first race on next spring.  As you know, I need three different training to try triathlon.  Swimming would be no problem for me since I have been swimming at least once a week for a long time.  Bicycling, I guess I can cycle for an hour, but not sure for two hours.  And I need to make money to buy road bike, too.

I had no idea if I could run 10 kilometers.

Yesterday, I found the answer for that question.  I went to gym for swimming. Unfortunately swimming pool was under maintenance.  So I rent shoes and wears to run.  For me, running on the treadmill was the last thing to choose in the gym.  But I just felt like running yesterday.

Oh, my Lord!!!  Running, only a half hour running, was really hard work.  

The answer I found was that I need to run more and more.  Otherwise I need to give up triathlon.

Saturday, 6 August 2011

Sophomore year in America

On mid August of 1987, I went to the United States.  Shelby, Ohio was the town I spent almost an year.  I was qualified as an exchange student and went to Shelby Senior High School .  Mr and Mrs Sites, were my host parents and still now they are my parents in my heart.

In Ohio, Everything was different from what I knew in Tokyo.  Language, foods, grocery markets, shopping mall, TV programs, sports, cars and roads....   Everything.

There was no internet connection those days.  International phone call was very expensive.  Air mail was the only choice to communicate over North Ameciran Continent and Pacific Ocean.  Just after the arrival, my host family cerebrated my 16th birthday.  Nevertheless I had been suffering from severe homesick for days or weeks.  But I did not tell that to my family in Tokyo.  Because it was my decision to go to America.  Host parents, friends, teachers, football team mates, baseball team mates, swimming team mates and coaches strongly helped me very much.  And finally, my sophomore year in America became unforgettable memory.

80's American movies always reminds me of the days in Shelby, Ohio.  Today, I saw a movie and that was one of those.