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Panic Attack

October 3, 2013

keep-calm-and-be-positive-34“When you panic your body panics” – Ronnie Schildknecht – Huge fan of outstanding sport performances. Former wannabe ice hockey and tennis player, now triathlon professional.  Food and wine lover. Winner of 9 Ironman titles

Below is a summary of this week’s Torah Parsha Noach (Noah) from

It is ten generations since the creation of the first human. Adam’s descendants have corrupted the world with immorality, idolatry and robbery, and G-d resolves to bring a flood which will destroy all the earth’s inhabitants except for the righteous Noach, his family and sufficient animals to repopulate the earth. G-d instructs Noach to build an ark. After forty days and nights, the flood covers even the tops of the highest mountains. After 150 days the water starts to recede. On the 17th day of the 7th month, the ark comes to rest on Mount Ararat. Noach sends out a raven and then a dove to ascertain if the waters have abated. The dove returns. A week later Noach again sends the dove, which returns the same evening with an olive leaf in its beak. After another seven days Noach sends the dove once more; the dove does not return. G-d tells Noach and his family to leave the ark. Noach brings offerings to G-d from the animals which were carried in the ark for this purpose. G-d vows never again to flood the entire world and designates the rainbow as a sign of this covenant. Noach and his descendants are now permitted to slaughter and eat meat, unlike Adam. G-d commands the Seven Universal Laws: The prohibition against idolatry, adultery, theft, blasphemy, murder, eating meat torn from a live animal, and the obligation to set up a legal system. The world’s climate is established as we know it today. Noach plants a vineyard and becomes intoxicated from its produce. Cham, one of Noach’s sons, delights in seeing his father drunk and uncovered. Shem and Yafet, however, manage to cover their father without looking at his nakedness, by walking backwards. For this incident, Canaan is cursed to be a slave. The Torah lists the offspring of Noach’s three sons from whom the seventy nations of the world are descended. The Torah records the incident of the Tower of Bavel, which results in G-d fragmenting communication into many languages and the dispersal of the nations throughout the world. The Parsha concludes with the genealogy of Noach to Avram.

Wanted to do a quick blog, but my computer keeps “freezing”. Maybe it is some type of test?

Today Loren left for Israel. Dropping her at the airport she said to me that she could not believe I was so calm about her going. She then proceeded to give me a lecture on patience with the kids etc while she is away (She also sent me a What’s App reminding me to be patient with the kids and not too demanding on them. Too much stress and the kids lose it).

As in the past it is amazing how you see stuff on the web, from a Podcast or on Twitter that may be relevant to a Blog for the week.

This week has been pretty frustrating from a training perspective as the weather has been really crappy in Melbourne. I noticed the following post from @MindBodyGreen  – “Don’t Sweat It If You Miss A Day Of Exercise” “Simply recognize it for what it is, and get back on the horse the following day!” by @Brigitte212 . I am someone who likes to get all my planned training completed and hate to miss a workout.

Today I listened to the Rich Roll Podcast. Rich interviewed Ronnie Schildknecht[1]. Ronnie seemed so calm in his triathlon training and attitude to racing. Ronnie basically trains by feel. If he is feeling crap on a 6 hour ride after 2 hours he will turn around and go home. I have heard Pete Jacobs has a similar training philosophy.

The first time I did the Shepperton 70.3 Triathlon, I got into the water. The Water is disgusting and muddy and you cannot see in front of you. I started to panic at first “How am I going to get through the swim?”  The choice was to give up or swim on. I swam on. In Ronnie’s podcast he says that -”To Panic is OK. You need to accept and not be angry on yourself, what happened happened, now CALM DOWN and move on.” He turns the “panic” into a positive experience and says it will be good – “Never give up on yourself.”

It is well worth listening to his insights in the Podcasts[2] . On a separate topic Ronnie basically describes an IronMan event as a short LIFE. “It has its ups and its downs, but hopefully it has a happy ending.”

As you all know Loren and I take our eating seriously and worry about planning our meals. Once again I noticed an article on @MindBodyGreen – “Don’t Over think Your Diet, Just Eat More Plants: A Cardiologist Explains” by @drjkahn

I have read a bit and heard some podcasts on how Yoga and Meditation can help with calmness, but I have never tried either of these practices. What are your thoughts?

This week I read a beautiful thought by Rabbi Marc D. Angel on this week’s Parsha which links in very well with what I have written above.  This week’s Torah portion is named for Noah, who is described in the Torah as a righteous man who walked with the L-rd. The 16th century sage, Rabbi Eliezer Azikri, cites a rabbinic teaching that one of Noah’s great qualities is reflected in his name. The word “Noah” can be translated as “serene,” “comfortable,” “calm.” Noah did not get ruffled by the vicissitudes of life. He kept an objective eye on things, kept things in balance. He appreciated that which should be appreciated, and rejected that which should be rejected. Noah found favor in the eyes of the L-rd because he was “noah”—a serene, clear sighted person.

In our own lives, when we find ourselves in a panic or confused or dissatisfied or stressed etc, it is helpful to draw on the quality of “noah.” We should TRY being calm and serene.

To end a few Tweets I have seen

–          from @itsWillyFerrell – “I might look calm, but in my head I’ve punched you in the face like 5 times.”

–          from @Tri_Psychology – “Positive energy = Positive result”

[1] Huge fan of outstanding sport performances. Former wannabe ice hockey and tennis player, now triathlon professional.  Food and wine lover. Winner of 9 Ironman titles



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