This is the first time they allowed a camera inside the baseball factory.
I played a lot of baseball from grammar school through high school. I always wondered how they made baseballs. – Ed
by Dr. Ed Berry
Today is my birthday. It’s also the summer solstice, the longest day of the year (in the northern hemisphere), and a full moon to boot.
We don’t get a full moon on our birthdays very often. On average, we Earthlings only get a full-moon birthday every 19 years. We don’t get to be 81 on our birthdays very often either. So I’m celebrating.
So what am I doing today? Well, in between standing at my computer writing stuff, I am rowing the Concept 2 “Summer Solstice Challenge.”
The Challenge is to row 21,000 meters today. The Challenge is a worldwide event open to everybody. All you need is access to a Concept 2 rower with a chip or memory card that records your meters.
You can choose to do the whole 21,000 meters in one sitting (ugh) or you can break it up into smaller pieces (yes). I chose to do ten sets of 2000 meters followed by a finishing row of 1000 meters. As I write this, I have just finished my fifth set. So I am about half way there. [Read more…]
Today, I rowed 500 m in 1:49.6 for world first place in age group. – Ed
In a few months, I will begin a health and fitness coaching group focused on keeping fit as long as possible. If you are interested, be sure to be on my email list and tell your friends.
There is a world of things I can tell you about. I spend very little time exercising but I make the time count. Follow me on Twitter here.
by Dr. Ed Berry
In 2006, when I lived in Sacramento, I used to hang out at the American River College (ARC) track. One summer day, Coach Mike Reid, ARC track coach, invited me to train with his track team, which is like driving your family car in a NASCAR race.
Though the college runners were way beyond my speed grade, Coach Mike and his assistant Coach Ray, helped me improve my running speed well beyond what I thought would be possible.
Recently, Coach Mike Reid earned a well-deserved credit. In 2010 and 2011, he coached Sacramento sprinter Diondre Batson, now the “World’s fastest man in 2013“. Diondre Batson credits Coach Mike Reid with encouraging him to continue his track and field career after incurring an injury in a high school track event.
Running under Coach Mike, Batson set the ARC records for 100 meters (10.10 seconds), 200 meters (20.50 seconds), and with teammates Bracin Walker, Greg Turner and Keven Brown, the 4×100 meter relay (39.78 seconds).
When Diondre Batson wins the 100 and 200 meter sprints in the 2016 Olympics, you will remember he began his track career under Coach Mike Reid. [Read more…]
by Dr. Ed Berry, Break from politics
How does 1:46.3 compare to my good competitors?
The Concept 2 website allows you to register and enter your rowing time and your age and weight category and then compare your time with the best rowers in the world.
Concept 2 began its 2014 fiscal year on May 1. Since new competitors will beat my 2014 time, we also compare my 1:46.3 time with the 2013 competitor times.
- 1st in world for ages 75 to 79, all weight categories.
- 4th in world for ages 70 to 79, lightweight division. [Read more…]