Friday, August 10, 2012

An Unusual Situation

I had another post ready to go for this morning but then last night as I was getting ready for bed I saw a really disturbing segment on the local news. It seems a sewage line broke in Tarrytown, NY this week. The local officials decided that the only way they could fix the line was to redirect all the raw (although apparently treated by chlorine) sewage into the Hudson River. Millions of gallons of raw sewage are dumping into the river.

On any usual day I would find this disgusting for the pure fact that they’re dumping sewage into the river. The Hudson isn’t the most clean river in the world, even in the State, but people and organizations have been working incredibly hard to clean up the local waterways and this is going to set them back. They images of the red water and the reports of the putrid smell were disturbing. And here’s my question: most communities aren’t located so close to a major waterway, so what do they do with raw sewage if a line breaks? There must have been another option.

Also, this isn’t just a usual day. More than 2,500 athletes are descending on this area for the first Ironman competition to be held here, which is taking place tomorrow. The swim portion is in the Hudson River. After dedicating so much time, energy and heart to training for the Ironman, the swim portion is in jeopardy.

According to a Reuters article, while beaches are closed and the public are warned not to go in the water, officials believe that the water will be okay for the Ironman. Apparently the fact that it is a tidal river has something to do with this. Runners and tri-athletes understand that no matter how hard you train, you never know what race day will bring and there are always things out of your control. Usually though it’s weather or bad days rather than sewage. Still it’s heartbreaking that the swim portion could be cancelled because of this. A bike and a run do not make an Ironman.

Today I’m hoping for the best and that these Ironman athletes will get to race the whole course and make amazing memories!

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Today’s workout -

  • 35min run
  • 10min walk
  • 100 ab exercises
  • 3x10 weighted side bends
  • 3x10 upright row
  • 1x40sec plank
  • stretching

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