My swimspiration is also one of my heroes.Posted: February 20, 2014
Have you ever put on few extra pounds? Or maybe you’re carrying a few extra? Think about how that has you feeling about yourself, or how you think others might feel about your extra mid-drift.
Now think about what it was like for you when you first walked on deck in a bathing suit. Add another one hundred or 200 pounds to your body weight. Visualize how you would look and feel.
With that vision in your head, ask yourself “Am I brave enough to step out on pool deck and then swim with masters?”
Obesity is a serious medical problem with a serious health risks. Add to that society’s view on extra body fat and you have a recipe for life long-illness.
In general, it is simply not culturally acceptable to be obese and I can say from first-hand experience you are treated differently. Many blame the person for their happenstance, some publically ridicule, while others simply do not see the obese person, ignoring them as though they don’t exist. So how is it that fat or obese people can get-out-there and exercise to work toward good health?
My best guess is that it takes more than a supportive community. It takes a special kind of tough topped with courage and dedication to ones betterment. For these reasons, and many more, Len Martel is my swimspiration and one of my heroes.
Len made his way onto the pool deck and began swimming with Victoria Masters about seven years ago and has been losing weight and becoming healthier ever since. He consistently shows up for each work out with a smile on his face, is a friend to everyone, and actively volunteers in the swim community.
Thus far Len has lost over 180 pounds, almost half of his pre-swimming body weight. Seven years ago he swam 50 free in 55 seconds. He recently swim it in 35.6.