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The magic of falling leaves; Training as best you can; Sending my grandson to Japan; Cleveland Clinic here I come; Interested in starting a business, then read these two books? FitOldDog's favorite image of the month.

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TRAINING AS BEST YOU CAN:
I recently wrote a blog post using this photo, which is symbolic of my situation - can't lift more than 10 lbs safely, must not get my blood pressure or heart rate up. All pending my upcoming aortic surgery. But exercise lowers your blood pressure and improves your mood - so what did I do in the weight room? An almost full workout with lots of reps and never lifting more than 10 lbs, and I'm nice and sore today. You see, it can be done. JUST DON'T GIVE UP. Staying fit for surgery is as important as staying fit for an Ironman race; maybe more important?

SENDING MY GRANDSON TO JAPAN:
Tyler, my eldest grandson, is evolving into a mature and interesting man. I recently set him some tasks (yes, a test), including the creation of a new blog. He has done well, with little or no assistance I hasten to add. I think that he is ready for business school. Click the opposite figure to read his blog, entitled, "Pursuing My Japanese Roots In Memory Of My Mom." HIs Mom, Beth, is someone I really admire, although we had our differences (talk about feisty), and I still miss her being around. To support our fundraiser for Tyler's business education, just follow this link. If my nascent business was a great success already, I'd just write a check, but I'm not there yet.

CLEVELAND CLINIC HERE I COME:
Just over three years ago I created my other persona, FitOldDog, as a direct result of my struggles with aortic surgery combined with the desire to continue Ironman training. I learned a lot during those years, but recently, almost certainly due to a freak bike wreck, of no fault to anyone, I displaced the left arm of my aortic stent - BAD. I now await a repair, undertaken under the guidance of both UNC and Cleveland Clinic surgeons who specialize in this kind of thing. Fortunately, the Cleveland Clinic surgeon I'll see next week is a marathoner, also, so I know shel'll understand why I care so much about training. Wish me luck, until which time my understanding of life's challenges is hopefully growing faster than my abdominal aortic aneurysm. Wish me luck!

INTERESTED IN BUSINESS? THEN READ THESE TWO BOOKS:
I recently recommended that you read, "Transcending Fear," by Brian Germain, and I realized whilst rereading "The Lean Startup" by Eric Ries, that these books complement each other, and could be read in tandem. Eric Ries's definition of a Startup Business, or the life of an entrepreneur, is "...a human institution designed to create a new product under conditions of extreme uncertainty." And what does uncertainty induce in most humans? FEAR! That is why I recommend that you read these two wonderful books in tandem.

Christmas is coming, and the goose is getting fat.
Please put a penny in the old man's hat.

Be kind and generous to one another my friends, and the universe will probably be kind to you.

Over and out, from FitOldDog.
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