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your edge. It is there that I have seen my slow-twitch advantage. When I see others shaking or taking a break, I just breathe deeper. With every breath, I can feel that oxygen feeding the demand, and I can maintain. In that longer hold, my monkey mind takes me other places. I think about the various ways to breathe oxygen into my life. Exercise is one way for me. Putting myself ‘on the list’ and putting the brakes on what is always a crazy day, at least for an hour, helps me slow my roll, be intentional, and choose my path rather than be thrust through my day or week like a pinball. In this way, we all have the capacity to find places to breathe deeper to get much- needed oxygen. Ask yourself this question: Do you want to be able to sprint for a short period of time, or do you want to be able to keep moving for hours and hours without wearing down? Some days, the former is required, but mostly, we all opt for option 2. The better question is what would fuel you? I wish for you to tap into your fuel source. Whether that be a gorge hike, friend playdates, volunteering, or fermented habanero pickles (okay, that’s just me), breathe it in. There you’ll find your center and a whole lot of stamina to fuel the rest of you. –-Shelly Coffman Shelly Coffman

Oxygen is one of earth’s primary elements. We needed it to evolve, but also need it to survive. I’m not sure if you’ve ever experienced low oxygen levels, but as an asthma sufferer, I have. To put it mildly, it’s not awesome. It’s hard work just to be upright and talking, let alone add anything to the basic metabolic needs of day-to-day living. Because I have an advanced case of nerd monkey mind, I think about this stuff a lot. I’ve kept going with my awesome exercise class, now a full habit. Knowing as much as I do about physiology, I nerd out a bit in all aspects of my daily life. In my exercise class, I am constantly reminded just how my own muscle physiology is primarily slow-twitch fibers. All skeletal muscle fibers are primarily either fast twitch or slow twitch. Fast-twitch fibers generate a lot of tension, require glycogen (primarily sugar building blocks) for fuel, and fatigue quite quickly. All sprinters have a primarily fast-twitch-fiber composition for skeletal muscle. Slow-twitch fibers take longer to contract and rely on oxygen in the blood as a fuel source. Slow-twitch fibers can sustain force for a very long time. Marathon runners are full of slow-twitch muscle fibers. Myself, I’m mostly slow twitch. I’ve always been heavily geared for endurance over speed. In my current exercise, there’s a lot of posture holding and working at

August may be void of any major U.S. holidays, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t events worth celebrating during the eighth month of the year. Perhaps owing to its location on the calendar, right at the peak of summer, August plays host to some of America’s most unique festivals and events. No matter where you are on the map, there’s something remarkable going on this month in or near your neck of the woods. Here are a few of the August’s bucket-list events. A M idsummer N ight ' s F estival A ugust B ucket -L ist E vents For much of American history, lobsters were considered the “cockroaches of the sea” and awarded no culinary prestige. Around the turn of the 20th century, however, their reputation as a delicacy began to grow. Diners in Boston and New York helped raise the prestige of Maine lobsters, which are now as prized as truffles from Piedmont and bluefin tuna from Japan. It’s no surprise, then, that Maine lobsters have an entire festival devoted to them. During the first weekend in August, upward of 30,000 seafood fanatics from all over the country head to Rockland, Maine, to dine on the country’s most famous crustaceans. In addition to lobster in every form imaginable — grilled, boiled, served in bisques, and heaped on buns — the Maine Lobster Festival features local art, music, and games for kids. It also crowns a “sea goddess” during its yearly pageant. Oh, and if you want to burn off some calories, there’s a 5K and 10K race during the festival. M aine L obster F estival August 1–5 Rockland, Maine 1 Continued on page 2 ...

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