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September 17, 2002 Tuesday

Resumption of Yoga

The last yoga class ended July 4 - more than 2 months ago. In the meantime, I felt the benefit it gave me through the 10 months I practiced it, by getting a sense of vacuum when it was no longer available. With yoga, I had the ability to step back and look at the bigger picture of things instead of being sucked into the quagmire of puny, insignificant and trivial details. Sure, with my continued workout and biking, the fitness was always there but the mental focus and resolve was not as sharp.

Now that yoga is resuming with my same guru, Kiran Sohal, I can only smile in anticipation of better things to come.

Massage with Kate Wolf

My company allows limited coverage for registered massage therapy. I use this sparingly and usually schedule one after a race (like this Sunday's Durham Durango).

I've tried 2 massage therapists before from different clinics - and they were both good. But Kate is hands-down the best. When the lights are dimmed and New Age music is played and the Tiger balm is applied, I close my eyes and I'm taken to a journey. Her crafty hands can zero-in on tight muscles and get them kneaded until loose. She can go deep on the massage until the threshold of pain or she can go casual and light - it's up to you. She works on all the muscle groups until they all surrender....yeeessss!

The journey ends for me after an hour. I feel recharged, renewed and calm. It's almost a religious experience getting a massage from someone who knows what she's doing. That's one more motivation for me to race and give it all I have...the promise of a good massage the day after.


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