Terry's "Zero-Cancer Zone" Practices
I had the great fortune between 2011 and 2013 to help my most loyal student, Jeanne Safer through two successive bouts of cancer. First she had breast cancer. Then, within weeks of completing treatment, she was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia.
Treatment for the latter was incredibly draining. Jeanne maintained a strong body, mind, and spirit during her recovery by maintaining an identity as an 'athlete in training' -- rather than a patient-in-treatment. After being diagnosed with prostate cancer in Nov, and metastases in Jan, I knew it was essential to do the same.
One great lesson I took from Jeannie was captured in her phrase for the pool--my Endless Pool where we continued weekly lesson through the hardest phases of treatment, the Endless Pool at her weekend home near New Paltz and the Baruch College pool in NYC where she and her husband Rick live during the week.
She called any pool in which she was swimming her "Illness-Free Zone."
Since becoming involved with a prostate-cancer activist-and-information group called ZeroCancer, I've decided to adopt that as the name and theme of my practice. Any pool or body of water in which I happen to practice is my "Zero-Cancer Zone."
I mean this in two ways.
1) While swimming I feel so imbued with vibrant health--feeling better in body, mind, and spirit than at any other time--that I DO feel as if I have zero cancer.
2) This feeling turns swimming into a form of 'active affirmation' in which my actions and spirit say: "My body is strong and healthy and has the resources it needs to heal itself."
In this way--going beyond what the interventions of the most cutting edge medicine currently promise--I feel great conviction that I literally can zero-out cancer, by returning dis-eased cells to their natural state of health.
The short-term focus of my practices, and this thread is my preparation for swimming a 1650y (equivalent of 1500m but in a 25y pool) freestyle at the New England Masters Championship at Harvard Univ March 12.
This will be my final meet in the 60-64 age group before aging up to the 65-69 age group March 25. My first meet in the 65-69 age group will probably be Masters Nationals Apr 28 to May 1.
My goal for this 1650 is to swim it more efficiently and strategically than any mile race I've done in the past 48 years (I swam my first 1650 in March 1968, at age 17.) If I do I feel I'm capable of holding a pace of 1:25/100y for a final time of 23:45.
But I also hold out the possibility I might go a bit beyond that, and maintain a pace of 1:23/100y for a final time of 23:20 or faster.
In my last Masters meet, Jan 23, while feeling somewhat poorly, I averaged 1:23 for a 1000y freestyle, which was my 3rd event--following a 200 FR and 500 FR--within less than 3 hours.
I'll log my practices here, starting with three I've already completed this week.
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