Congratulations Alonzo Mourning! Your “Resilience” has made your name immortal in the Basketball Hall of Fame! Zo overcame adversity after adversity throughout his life to get where he is today. Just more proof that hard work pays off and nothing great ever comes easy. If you want something bad enough you can find a way. Nothing is impossible. His son Tre will be playing at Georgetown next year following in his dad’s footsteps. I worked with Tre when he was just a child and watched him develop into a terrific all around player with a sweet stroke! Zo’s former teammate Tim Hardaway also had a big week. He accepted an assistant coaching job with the Detroit Pistons. He’s going to be a terrific asset to the team. I’ve also worked with his son Tim Jr, now on the NY Knicks, and got to see his father put him through workouts. The way he speaks can get anyone fired up! Tim was always vocal as a player and as coach he will know just what to say!
I always believed that the off season is the time to get ahead. This summer I’ve had the joy of working with a number of players and visiting different camps. Each camp visit is a new experience but for some reason I always get the request to perform “The Spider.” Last week at Thunder Athletix was no exception. As I inspire others to do their best, they also bring out the best in me. Some people have noticed the gains in my body. Newton’s is my Method. I’ve been taking gravity, kettle bells, or cardio lab classes two or three times a day! In addition I started running again. I was joined on one of my runs by Alyssa Baron who I’ve worked with since she was in elementary school and is now ready to sign her first pro basketball contract. Hard work is contagious so I encourage you to surround yourself with others that are actively crushing goals!
The future races I’m committed to are:
Lululemon’s SeaWheeze Half Marathon August 23rd
Bank America Chicago Full Marathon October 12
TCS NYC Full Marathon November 2nd
Disney LA Avengers Half & Rock n Roll Las Vegas Half both on Nov 16
I may throw something else in there as well! I realize I have a lot of miles ahead of me and I’m prepared. I’m also prepared to host a 2 hour Spin-athon alongside my beast of a girlfriend Magda, also known as @revete, on Friday, September 5th from 4:30-6:30pm at M-Cycle to raise money for a charity called The Chicago Diabetes Project. I’ll be running the NYC Marathon for them and ALL proceeds from the event will go to Diabetes research to find a cure for Diabetes. It’s $50 each hour. Please call M-Cycle at (305)665-1618 to reserve your bike! Space is limited so don’t hesitate. If you’re unable to attend but would still like to donate to this cause and support me in the NYC Marathon you can make a direct donation at: http://my.e2rm.com/PersonalPage.aspx?registrationID=2501942&langPref=en-CA (please copy and paste).
One of Alonzo and Tim’s great coaches, Pat Riley, said “Excellence is the gradual result of always striving to do better.” The key word is gradual. Resilience is a great quality to have.
Have a great week,