SPB Trying a Tri for Music and PSP

My friend A was 49 when he ran his first marathon. He's done 19 since then in Barcelona, Boston, Edinburgh, London, New York and others. His Dad's life ended with PSP (Progressive Supranuclear Palsy).

My friend B has been sporty her entire life and now helps other people build muscle, tone all the right places, and lose weight. Her mother-in-law suffers with a terminal disease in the PSP family.

My friend C ran on a beach once, but he played the piano like nobody's business. His life ended with PSP.

My friend D is a hockey player and works hard to maintain a muscular, high-metabolizing physique. His girlfriend's father suffers with a terminal disease in the PSP family.

My friend E plays one of the largest and heaviest instruments anyone could wish to play. He is waiting for confirmation about a suspected terminal PSP diagnosis.

My own Dad sang and danced on stage until his mid 30s, and supported every single musical adventure I told him about since then. His life ended with PSP.

Maybe it's something about approaching 50 years old, or maybe it's just a mindset shift that turns us towards being more fit than we have been in the past. 

Or maybe we're worried that a crippling disease will interrupt our plans.

Whatever the reason, I've been taking my health a lot more seriously recently, but without a purpose, without something tangible to aim for, without a goal, my get-fit-eat-healthy efforts never really amount to much.

I could always hide behind conducting...

Conducting is one of the most intense cardio activities we humans could undertake, if done properly (according to Dr. Dale Anderson whose Metropolitan Life Insurance Company study shows that orchestra conductors live 38 percent longer than the general population).

As my cardiologist once said "You're remarkably fit for someone so overweight." (I choose to take that as a compliment.)

So to get serious, I need a fitness goal.

I hate running. 

I regularly competed in 100m, 800m and 1500m races during middle school, but preferred field hockey, swimming and the triple jump... as long as they didn't interfere with my piano and clarinet recitals.

That was all while I rode my bicycle 7 miles round trip to school every day come autumn, winter or spring. 

Regardless of the weather and all those North Downs hills, too.

And then after getting my homework done I'd get back on my bicycle and ride from my village (Cuxton) to the next villages (Cobham or Luddesdown) and back again, just so I could soar down a really long almost straight hill peaking at 28mph. Not bad for a 13-year old!

So, running a marathon does not sound appealing to me ("Respect!" to the millions who do them...)

But swimming and cycling does.

Perhaps if I were to participate in an event that takes advantage of my passion sports, I could put up with the running part.

Why not try a triathlon?

Swimming, Cycling, and Running...


My goal is to complete the Tarpon Springs Triathlon on Saturday, September 7, 2019.


But let's make it interesting. 

Let's give me some accountability so I don't back out at the last minute.

Give me an incentive to keep training and improving my times, so that I actually accomplish this.

This will work:

Pledge a donation to my favorite charities, and that will definitely keep me accountable and give me the boost to keep going, keep training, and not let you or them down.

What are my favorite charities?

50% of the proceeds will go to the Dunedin Music Society - an organization full of people who love making the world a much better place to live just as much as I do.

50% of the proceeds will go to PSP, MSA and CBD awareness and research via CurePSP in the USA, and the PSPA(UK).

But let's give YOU an incentive to maximize your pledge, too!

Remember: your pledge helps me accomplish something pretty major (a triathlon), but it also makes a significant contribution to making our world a more musical and healthier place to live. And in these trying times of political and social identity turmoil, we need to come together and focus on the good work people do in our circles of influence.

So check on this page for what I'll give you in return for your pledge.

And make it a really good pledge, too.

Any amount will really help - even $1 or £1 - but why limit the impact you could actually have?

Go for your biggest one...

I sure am: a triathlon at 49!

Donations: 50% to Dunedin Music Society, 50% shared between CurePSP and the PSPA(UK)

Any amount.
$20 - Thank you
$50 - Handwritten note from SPB
$100 - Goodie swag bag
$250 - Event shirt & baseball cap

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