October is one of my favorite months with the Exceeding Expectations kids. As you all know, our top priority for the kids is, and always will be, education. That said, every October we participate in two athletic events that I feel are significant in laying the groundwork necessary for them to be successful in the academic world and in their adult lives. The first of these events is the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) triathlon, aptly called “The Best Day in Triathlon.” Here’s a brief overview from their website: “In 1994, three friends started a triathlon fundraiser to help one man regain his independence after a tragic accident left him a quadriplegic. From one came many, and Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) took root in the belief that sports and an active lifestyle are a pathway to more in life. Since that fundraiser 25 years ago, CAF has been committed to breaking the financial barrier that individuals with physical challenges face to participate in sports and live a healthy and active lifestyle.” Participating alongside challenged athletes in a very tough race gives our kids an additional perspective on their own lives. The racers on the course with them face obstacles that they
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A few years ago, I decided it would be really fun to do a triathlon. Looking back, I’m not sure what aspect I thought would be fun – the freezing cold ocean swims I spent hoping I wouldn’t be eaten by a shark? The minor fortune I spent on equipment? The small death of embarrassment I endured each time I wiggled into to my Spandex training outfit? Hard to say. But I do know one thing that made my journey from novice to triathlete fun was that I got myself a darn good coach – Cherie Gruenfeld. Cherie Gruenfeld is one of the most decorated Master’s triathletes in the world today. She’s competed in twenty-three Ironman races, including the Ironman World Championships in Hawaii 17 times. Now, for the uninitiated, an Ironman triathlon is a study in insanity. It begins with a 2.4 mile swim, continues with a 112 mile bike ride, and concludes with a marathon. (Yes. All on the same day.) Cherie is a master at this particular form of crazy. She’s won the world title in her age group ten times and currently holds the world record for Women 65-69. She is the first female over 55
Perhaps you’ve heard that the good folks at JetBlue are offering an All-You-Can-Jet-Pass for just $599. Yep, take JetBlue anywhere you like, as often as you want, from September 8 to October 8, 2009. Pretty cool! Our good friend Mike, the founder of HazelMail, bought a pass this morning and is going to use it for a HazelMail inspired postcard-sending/blogging/YouTube travel adventure. We love the idea so we’ll keep you posted on Mike’s travels here. What would you use an All-You-Can-Jet-Pass for?
Jonathan B. Spira reviews Ipevo’s new Wi-Fi Phone for Skype as part of Business Traveler’s “Tech Front.” “The tiny Ipevo Wi-Fi Phone for Skype seems almost custom-made for the business traveler who wants to use Skype without having to carry a laptop. at setup, one can use an existing Skype account or establish a new one; when I logged in, all of my contacts from Skype showed up automatically. To place calls, one simply connects to a Wi-Fi network and dials. Voice quality turned out to be very good, an the convenience factor is excellent. The phone doesn’t support access to Wi-Fi roaming networks, but a software update for Boingo functionality is planned.” We look forward to getting Boingo functionality integrated into this nifty device. Boingo + Skype = Amazing value for business travelers!