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Prime Minister Tony Abbott be STRONG!

January 7, 2015

GaryCohen #RunningTips: “Take rest days to help freshen up your legs and to allow soreness to subside and go away.”

Below is a summary of this week’s Torah Parsha (Portion) Shemot from

The children of Israel multiply in Egypt. Threatened by their growing numbers, Pharaoh enslaves them and orders the Hebrew midwives, Shifrah and Puah, to kill all male babies at birth. When they do not comply, he commands his people to cast the Hebrew babies into the Nile.

A child is born to Yocheved, the daughter of Levi, and her husband, Amram, and placed in a basket on the river, while the baby’s sister, Miriam, stands watch from afar. Pharaoh’s daughter discovers the boy, raises him as her son, and names him Moses.

As a young man, Moses leaves the palace and discovers the hardship of his brethren. He sees an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, and kills the Egyptian. The next day he sees two Jews fighting; when he admonishes them, they reveal his deed of the previous day, and Moses is forced to flee to Midian. There he rescues Jethro’s daughters, marries one of them (Tzipporah), and becomes a shepherd of his father-in-law’s flocks.

G‑d appears to Moses in a burning bush at the foot of Mount Sinai, and instructs him to go to Pharaoh and demand: “Let My people go, so that they may serve Me.” Moses’ brother, Aaron, is appointed to serve as his spokesman. In Egypt, Moses and Aaron assemble the elders of Israel to tell them that the time of their redemption has come. The people believe; but Pharaoh refuses to let them go, and even intensifies the suffering of Israel.

Moses returns to G‑d to protest: “Why have You done evil to this people?” G‑d promises that the redemption is close at hand.

After reviewing my previous Ironman training program and listening to a blog on training blocks by Simon Ward I decided that I have been very slack in taking breaks from training since my last triathlon and made this week a bit of a “rest week”. I was very tempted to continue training as before!

I love to ride my bike and being a rest week made the most of some free time.  I have enjoyed a family/ friends bike ride in Warburton, TT Tuesday chasing the Elwood Canal Peloton on Beach Road (Part of my rest week routine) and I have taken Loren on a “romantic” ride along the Elwood Canals (Not quite Venice?) to enjoy some time together and a beautiful morning in Melbourne. The plan was also to go for coffee, but the two places we chose were closed.

My 2015 mission! To get as many children & adults active as possible. Let’s join forces & make it happen! @juniorparkrunUK @parkrunuk” – @chrissiesmiles (Former Triathlete Chrissie Wellington)

Last week I was very disappointed watching the news on TV that Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s former Doctor has advised him to stop cycling. The Doctor says – “it’s time he got ‘off‘ his bike…… Tony Abbott’s should ditch his early-morning cycling for a less risky exercise…..He wants the Prime Minister to follow John Howard’s lead and go for a daily walk instead.”

Last week we finished the Book of Bereshis (The first of the 5 Books of the Torah) from the Torah, the predominant theme of Sefer Bereishis is: “Ma’aseh Avos siman l’Banim” [the actions of the fathers foreshadow those of their children]. Whatever was accomplished by our forefathers allowed us to become the nation and people we are today.

2015-01-06 17.30.46I think that as a leader who is fit and healthy, it is important for the Prime Minister to continue cycling. Cycling is a low impact, weight-bearing exercise in the fresh air and it is far healthier for people than sitting at home safe on the couch. Experts have said, that by people not doing exercises like cycling, “Life skills are not developing as well. You learn balance and strength and co-ordination from doing things.”

In a recent article[1] scientists say that serious cycling keeps you young “A study of fit amateur cyclists aged 55 to 79 found that many were physically and biologically much younger than most people of the same age.”

Then of course we all know that commuting to work on a bike reduces pollution.

In an article with a bit of tongue and cheek it identified other ways the Prime Minister can be injured:

  • Budgie smuggler rash
  • Hit by a flying iron
  • Tripping on the clangers he drops
  • Burnt by a Bill Shorten zinger
  • Deprivation of oxygen (with head in the sand on climate change)
  • Shirtfronted” by Vladimir Putin

The traditional praise recited at the conclusion of the reading of each of the Five Books of the Torah, – “Chazak, chazak, v’nitchazek – Be strong, be strong, and may we be strengthened!” This is recited by the entire congregation aloud.

Just as our Jewish Forefathers were leaders who we try to emulate and who shaped us as a nation and people like Chrissie Wellington have a mission to get people active, I think that Prime Minister Abbott needs to be STRONG and not listen to this “crap” from his Doctor and continue enjoying his bike rides. By doing this he can set an example to the Nation and hopefully we will all be strengthened in our will to live an active healthy lifestyle!

“We have come to a world where it’s ‘don’t play on the monkey bars or you might hurt yourself’,” Craig King of the Sunshine Coast Cycling Club



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