Dick and Ricky Hoyt

Posted by martin.parnell |

I wasn't sure how today would pan out. I had popped a couple Advil before I went to bed and slept pretty well. I knew the only way I would complete a marathon was by walking it. So, I got up at 6.00am, and walked a 2 km loop around the house. No way, I was pathetic. The back was really tight and the walking didn't loosen it up. I was scheduled to run at Sam Livingston School in Calgary and I was crushed that I couldn't keep the appointment with the kids. I asked Sue if she would call the school, give them my apologises and tell them that I would call tomorrow to reschedule. Meanwhile I took two more Advil and went back to bed. If I can't run then I'll eat. I have an appointment tomorrow with Nutritionist, Andrea, and she is not going to be pleased with me. The objective has been to keep the same weight through-out the Quest but I'm down 4 lbs. So this morning I had breakfast (cereal, berries, yogurt, banana), second breakfast (toasted english muffin with marmalade) and third breakfast (grilled cheese on toast with marmite). Lunch soon followed with a steak sandwich. I'm looking forward to afternoon tea and supper.

Over the last seven year, through my involvement in marathons and triathlons, I have become aware of two individuals who show the true meaning of the human spirit. Team Hoyt is a father, Dick Hoyt, and son, Rick from Massachusetts who compete together in marathons, triathlons and other athletic endeavours. Rick has cerebral palsy caused by loss of oxygen to his brain at birth because his umbilical cord was wrapped around his neck. Dick pulls his son Rick in a special boat as they swim, carries him in a special seat up front as they bike, and pushes him in a special wheelchair as they run. When asked what one thing Rick wished he could give his father, his reply was "The thing I'd most like is that my dad would sit in the chair and I would push him once." Dick and Rick will be participating in this year's Boston Marathon.

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