“Always, always, always, always, always do what you are afraid to do.” R.W. Emerson
So I’m very action-oriented. I’ve gone skydiving three times, the first time tandem and other two Accelerated Free Falls from 13,500 feet. I am a certified advanced scuba diver, and have dived around the world. I lift weights, run 10-12 miles a week, and love to drive fast on a racetrack when I can. Don’t dare me to do something! I went bungy-jumping a few years ago but it took so long to climb up the ten stories, only for a second or two to get down. It was hardly worth the trouble. I have a video of me not jumping, then finally jumpings if you want to see it. There are also things I’ve done that I wouldn’t do again-rock climbing (I liked rapelling but climbing up was not fun), maybe biking. Okay, I might bike and swim for a triathalon perhaps, but not all by itself.
I love airplanes. I love cars and motorcycles. I’ve gone to Russell Racing School three times, for their basic, advanced and oval car racing schools, and have done PCA and NASA schools for about four years. I hope to become a racing instructor soon. I have a track car (not a race car yet) and rented a race-prepared racecar for my first car race. Ialso got my motorcycle license a few years ago. I have a great bike, a Kawasaki ZR-750. Woo!
Getting my certification as an advanced diver was great! I went to Maui to do it. The course included diving to over 100 feet down, a night dive, boat dive at Molokini crater, a search-and-rescue dive, and multi-level diving. The night dive was the scariest–that’s when predators feed! But it turned out to be like being in an aquarium, but with the lights turned off. Even deep diving was just like being in an incredible giant aquarium in the daytime. Saw all kinds of wonderful things–eels, fish, plants. I had to do an exercise to show the effects of nitrogen at deep levels. You know the baby toys where the baby pushes the different shaped blocks into the right holes in a big hollow block? They made me do that, and it took me twice as long to do that at 100 feet down as it did at sea level. But I felt as if I was humming along at the same speed, or maybe even better! That’s what nitrogen does to you. Still, it was nice to know that I didn’t try to kill my diving mates or anything like in The Abyss. And I’ve been to 80 feet down since then, and other than having a hard time telling the passage of time (I just check my diving watch frequently), I am fine.
I also got to swim and frolic with a rare Monk Seal, so called because they are solitary rather than pack creatures. There are now only 1500 of them left in the world, most around Hawaii. This lonely guy was desperate for anything that looked remotely like a seal, and hugged me with his big flippers and tried to get, well, very friendly with me and our whole group. I wouldn’t believe it really happened except that I got the video!
And I love to ski! When I stand at the top of the mountain and look down at the steep hill, I get the greatest thrill of adrenaline and I want to go fast, faster. I have to constantly balance my desire for great control with my desire to get down the hill in the least amount of time. At one time I had done all the hills at Taos, but I think it was much smaller at the time. I’ve never done a double black diamond, but I did some single black diamonds this year (slowly until I’m good at them!). I feel very comfortable on the intermediate slopes, so I think it’s time for me to move on. I don’t like moguls or skiing on ice.
I finished a marathon too! 26 miles and change. Finished! I did it through a great program called Team In Training, sponsored by the Leukemia Foundation. They get Olympic and world-class coaches to help you prepare for a specific marathon, and then you run to raise funds for the foundation.