Iris Davis

It was a clear day with a full moon to follow in Orlando, Florida on Halloween. I took a drive down from Jacksonville to meet Iris Davis. Iris is a 76 year old bodybuilding competitor. The #MidFloridaClassic was being held at the Rosen Hotel & Conference center.

Iris & I crossed paths on social media sometime within the last few months. I was inspired by her energy & enthusiasm. My Dad lives in South Carolina, as well as Iris, and I’m guessing that’s why the algorithms worked as they did when I was on social media during one visit there. During the onset of Covid, I was in SC every weekend from Florida seeing family.

Iris is a native of Dublin, Ireland. She was working at a young age of 14 there, in a sewing factory making 1.50 a week. She married at age 17, & later gave birth at age 18. Tragically, her 1st baby died at the age of 2 months of SIDS, (Sudden Infant death syndrome). Her husband was a Trinity college grad, & after the death of their child they moved to the U.K..

She started walking to combat depression & took up lifting weights at age 22. In the U.K. there were no gyms, & only men worked out with weights. Iris started mirroring their workout routines, & now jokes that back then no one (including the men) really knew what they were doing. Nothing was structured into reps or sets, you just showed up at a pit to train.

Her first husband passed away at a young age and Iris moved to the United States from the United Kingdom and became a nanny. It was a job she enjoyed & she moved to California. Most anyone will tell you California is one of the havens of fitness in the US.

Fast forward to age 39 where she would meet her husband Bob in California. He was 23 then. Iris moved back to the U.K. at age 40, and Bob couldn’t stand her absence & flew over to the U.K. to be near Iris. They would later marry and relocate back to California & have been married over 36 years. They now reside in South Carolina.

In California, Iris did a number of things in fitness from walking, lifting weights to running. At age 47, she was bedridden with encephalitis for 2 years. Can you imagine? She emerged stronger than ever, & hit the gym even harder. Why train so hard and stay so dedicated? Iris said she does this to combat depression & uses fitness as her medication. There’s no stigma with needing any medication or counseling, Iris just prefers to train & motivate clients & said that keeps depression away.

In 1994, at age 50, she entered her first bodybuilding competition & placed 2nd. Iris uses no supplements, takes no steroids or body enhancing substances & is all natural. She doesn’t count macros, calories, fat grams or protein grams. Her diet consists of a clean variety of mostly the following items : cabbage, broccoli, sweet potatoes & chicken. She said when she’s being strict, she’ll take all of those ingredients combined, make an enormous portion with a chicken, and eat it everyday. (This reminded me of the late Robert Kennedy, who was a Canadian fitness pioneer that once wrote an editorial on sticking to 7 essential foods when eating clean. Oh how I miss his funny editorials in Oxygen Magazine. Bob’s widow Tosca Reno is still a writer & puts out books on the subject, as well.

For contest prep, there are no cheat meals for Iris. She starts 9 weeks from contest date, eats a solely clean diet & consumes only water. For the #MidFloridaClassic, she started 9 weeks out at 109 pounds, lost a pound a week and weighed in on contest day at 100 lbs.. Iris is 5’1”.

Like many a retired pro athlete, Iris loves to train & does so to the tune of 3-4 hours a day. This includes weight training & cardio, and she runs a personal training studio out of her house & will train along with her clients. This isn’t uncommon, as many retired pro athletes or retirees at Lodgemember.com will train this hard as well. What is unique with Iris is at 76 she does it with a crystal clean diet. Iris mentioned she does high reps and lower weights to stay lean.

She said she was entered in women aged over 40, 50 & 70 in bodybuilding, and only knew those poses. For categories in figure, bikini or wellness, she said she’s unfamiliar with most poses.

I did a quick video before the contest & took a few pictures. While in the lobby, we were greeted by radio personality Lisa Vasquez who came up from St. Petersburg, Florida to interview Iris.

Such an inspiration, & worth the drive to meet her. I laughed more than once at her antics, and look forward to reading about what Iris’ next adventure will be.


Lucas Hugh Performance Tights

a critique by Beth Adair

The Lucas Hugh performance tights are fabulous. I was recently in London on a work trip with my job as a flight attendant & went by the Lucas Hugh store located off of Sloan Square.  Crew is exempt from quarantines.  I wore a mask around town & have regular temperature screenings prior to signin with my job. 

If you can’t get to London, you can find their clothing online at www.LucasHugh.com, at the flagship store in Kensington, or in Harrod’s. The brand was on recommendation from the marketer at Equinox in Kensington.  

I was looking for a pair of solid colored dark tights, preferably in Navy or black. I’m pretty active and like for my clothes to fit well and I look for fabrics that are washable, by machine or hand wash.

The performance V2 leggings are fabulous. They have a waist band that will stay in place, as well as a zippered pocket on the back of the waist band that is about 3″ X 3″ wide. There are breathable fabrics located on the back of the knees, too. This is especially nice as I live in Florida and sweat a good bit.

Both the performance tights and top are made of 59% Polyhamide and 41% Elastane, made in Portugal & specify not to dry clean or tumble dry. Machine wash in cold water only and line dry immediately after wash.

I’m training for my first bikini model contest located in Canada in October. The event is with the SAFCompetitions.com. Maybe the directors there in Canada might like an invite to any fitness events in London.  

Picture shows me outside of the store.  A passerby took the picture.  I was there a tad late to shop at the flagship store, so I went down to Harrod’s .  I needed to get gift chocolates there anyway.




That Was Then This is Now

Hotel gym workout

Recently, my hysterical friend Contessa sent me a picture from a bridal shower in 1994. I can’ t say that I was thrilled to see how big I used to be. I think I weighed 169 at my highest weight, & though I used to hear “you carry your weight so well”, I wasn’t happy at that size.  (Look for the picture at the end of this article).

I was hired as a US flight attendant with a max weight to be 132. (This was back in ’92, when there was weight requirement.  (Weight restrictions ended in mid-1992).  I still try and keep my weight at, or just below that number.

I never felt “food shamed” when my paternal grandmother asked why I was eating so much. I had the appetite of a starved wolverine.  No woman needed to be eating half a bag of oreos, along with fried chicken & steaks.   It was just sometimes fun, & that is all.  The “how” I looked & felt later, was not as fun though.

Back in my heavier days, my grandmother would give a non-filtered response to any weight gain, too. For example, “hi honey, good to see you. You’ve gained a little weight didn’t you?” It’s interesting to me, as my maternal great-grandmother would usually say,  “you’re not trying to reduce, are you?”. So funny to me now, & there were always laughs in the Adair household. They are both now deceased. but these were good looking women who both lived to be over 90, & maintained a healthy weight.  I get more “critical analysis” of what I am eating now, (at a size 2),  than I did at a size 12.   My family is unique though, as my Dad no longer works out & hung up fitness in his mid-forties.  I was not happy about this, but you’re only 100% in control of yourself.

I still love eat.  It’s no secret. I’m constantly reworking training & nutrition. Ask any of my friends at work & they’ll likely tell ya I swiped a dessert on occasion, or an uneaten roll turned up missing from the oven at work (on an international flight).  A healthy weight range for a woman with a small frame is 125-135, (say some insurance tables) for my height. Consult your doctor for the best advice for you.  I’m usually pretty strict when training for anything specific.

I’m at the onset of menopause, which I’m finding a challenge to keep my abs flatter. Do you have the same issue? My senior lady friends in one gym I frequent, the Lodge gym (lodgemember.com,  will give an unfiltered response to any questions I have on this by saying, “You can keep flat abs, but as you age, you simply cannot eat as much starch as you might have when you were younger”. (Said a 75 year old lady who does the stairmill at level 7 for 30 minutes, lifts weights, & maintains a size 2.  She enjoys wine sparingly,  and eats a healthy diet).   It’s fun to be around all ages,  At the other gym, Bailey’s (baileysgym.com).  I enjoy seeing the younger crowd tear it up in the weight room.

During the onset of the  Covid outbreak, gyms shutdown after March.  I was “floundering” around more than usual after this.  Quarantines  were not a blast & I’m sure I don’t have to tell anyone this.   When you travel, every country will have it’s own rules, which change a good bit.   Riding my bike for 17 miles a day around home back then was nice, but I still missed the time in the weight room .   Once when seeing family in SC, I was at Planet Fitness (after gyms reopened), & chatted with a man that told me he drove 3 hours from NC just to workout, as gyms there were still closed.   I’ve tested negative both for the Covid several times but follow mask rules for each state & country.  

I did get a little weight gain from what I call, “Covid floundering”,  (and by this I mean too many hours of TV watching #90DayFiance),  as opposed to being out and about.  I lost the weight & I’m enjoying the contest prep for an Ottawa bikini model contest.  If I get last place, who cares..  I’ll still show up in better shape than I was last spring. I’ve had a lot of fun, too. I’m calling the “SAF” competitions “serious about fun”, (with no disrespect to the coordinators who coined the acronym “Serious about Fitness”).

I’m hoping my “before” picture might help someone struggling with weight. I’m not posting it on here because I love it. I’m posting it for those who struggle & aren’t happy.  Maybe it will motivate or help someone.  My hair was darker then.  I lightened it as I started getting grey hairs.   It was taken 25 or more years ago.

My best advice if you are trying to get started on your weight loss journey, is go to a consignment shop or find clothes on sale.  Buy one outfit that looks good on you now.  Then give it away when you lose weight.  Record everything you eat in the beginning.  It will make you more accountable.  Don’t wait to “buy clothes when I lose the weight”.  It will give you something to look forward to when you’ve reached a short term goal.  I also used to donate clothes I no longer wear (and still do),  on occasion.  The holidays are always a challenge, too.  I usually deal with a 5 lb. gain and say I’ll never do it again, and am challenged each year with how to keep it off.  I inherited my Dad’s genes, and I fight them everyday.

I hope you reach all of your goals, 2021 is on the horizon and it will be better year for sure.  I’ve enjoyed things returning to a more normal pace, that’s for sure.  



Had I stayed on the same path, I likely would’ve developed Type II Diabetes.

Bikini Contest Posing Class

by Beth Adair

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Ever take on a fun new project, & later wonder if you just bit off more than you can chew? I’m no novice to plunging in “headfirst” to new projects, but today I did get a tad uneasy with walking in and taking my first posing class.

My latest project on the “front burner” is my fall bikini model contest. Today I signed up with a posing coach, Steve Mousharbash who runs TeamFlawlessPhysique.com.

I have the training started, as when the gyms were back open, I got back to a weight room. I have been consulting once a week with my trainer, Lyn Lichty, for a few weeks now, and doing other training on my own.   It’s “time to get serious” & start addressing other aspects of the contest. After chatting with a few competitors up in New Jersey, I realized I needed to get some help with learning how to pose.

Learning how to pose isn’t easy. Boy is that an understatement. Today we spent an hour going over a few moves for foot, arm and hand placement. We slightly touched on stage walking, but Steve emphasized other posing first, and we’ll fool with learning the other parts later. Once I’ve mastered this, I’ll move to the whole set of movements. All the while I was there, a sweet girl, Britni, would take a few pictures and a video for me to use to practice.

I’m not in contest shape as of yet, but motivated to work harder and it’s time to “clean it up” with my diet.  I’ve been running “half throttle”, but I’m less intimidated after today. On Sunday, I’ll be 16 weeks out, and better prepared.  I’ll spend Saturday morning doing food prep. I only need to cut 5-6 lbs..  Once I’m better at posing, I’ll share a video.  Today’s photo is a flash screen from the video, & I’m over to the side, while Steve demonstrated.  We blamed my 6 lb. overage on “covid”, as it just seemed appropriate.  This of course, brought a lot of laughs.

Funnest part to the meeting today was that Steve had met Paul Buceta. I had worked with Paul up in Canada and realizing how small the fitness world is, Steve, Britni and I all chatted on NPC, World’s and IFBB. We had a lot of laughs. They had the same enthusiasm as Paul and his wife, Kim.

I hope all of your projects are fun, and if you take on a huge one, sometimes diving in “headfirst” is best. The unknown can be less fearful the sooner you delve into where your weaknesses lie. It’s like running your first marathon in a race known for hills or strong winds, getting your class syllabus, or taking a new job and not fully understanding all of the duties.  You’ll still be getting through each day with resilience and resolving to make each day better than the last.

My new project will be a fun focus for 4 months. Make each one of yours fun, too.

@bethadair13 Insta & Twitter


Strength in your Fifties

by Beth Adair

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Just the other week I was chatting with a follower on 1 of my social feeds. We were discussing fitness training and how hard it can be to stay fit as we age. I appreciate all of my followers, and comments from men over 50 always keep me entertained. The most hysterical response I got from one man over age 50 was this, “I don’t have a bikini to motivate me aesthetically, but I still care how I look with my shirt off & I don’t ever want to have that old man gut”. This Dad of two college aged kids would also add that, “I watched how my parents aged and atrophied, so that has shaped my approach”.

What he’s referring to is sarcopenia. What’s sarcopenia? It’s the decline in muscle mass as you age. According to Harvard Health, “after age 30, you begin to lose as much as 3% to 5% [muscle mass] per decade. Most men will lose about 30% of their muscle mass during their lifetimes.”

To combat this, weight training of 2 days per week, and not on consecutive days is what is recommended.   I have chatted with trainers, and weight lifters that will lift different body parts, and do so daily.  For example, they will train with weights solely for the biceps, and follow up with cardio.  The next day, they will train solely the triceps, and follow with cardio.  (I have not tried their approach as of yet).

In my own fitness training, I lift weights 2- 3 days a week and space out each weight training session to one day of rest from the weight room in between.  I try and manage 5 days of cardio for 45 minutes per week, in addition to my weight training.   Running, bike riding, eliptical, stair mill, or walking are my favorite forms of cardio.   I just love bike riding (and sometimes will ride longer than 45 minutes).  It’s my new hobby and buying a bike before Covid lockdown (a Mango beach bike with 8 gears and hand brakes) was the best money I spent thus far this year.

I travel for a living, and with the Covid situation, I’ve been challenged with how to fit my training in.   Grounded on leave for two months from my flight attendant job (a decision I took for many reasons with the main one being that most European routes weren’t active till July) provided challenges.   My beach club (where I also go for fitness),  has an hour restriction in the gym (to limit the number of guests per hour).   I’m grateful we have access at all, as when I was in SC seeing family, I met a man that had driven from NC just to workout (it was a 2 hour drive for him).

I joined a second gym for the advice of a trainer, Lyn Lichty, and see her once a week.  I have known Lyn since before she had her kids.  Once there is a Covid vaccine, I’ll make decisions on whether to keep both memberships.   I’m not thrilled at the amenities being removed at my beach club and if none of them return, I’m not sure I’ll stay.   I did enjoy the complimentary coffee, razors and lotions before Covid.  It made my life easy and coffee was a treat.

When I get back to flying in July, I’ll be challenged with how to fit in training on the road.  Simply put, though I have foreign gym contacts, some machines will not be available.  For example, the captains chair (also known as the Vertical knee raise machine) is not found in many gyms abroad, nor is the leg press machine.  I just try and work with what I find.  I’m excited for the Safcompetitions.com in October, my latest project and when I have finished the competition, I’ll still want to maintain my fitness.  Essentially, what has changed from my old methods to what I am doing now is in the diet.    I’ve added more protein, and cut a lot of excess carbs.  I still stay within a range of calories not to exceed 2,000 a day.

Most of my male followers have complained about “man boobs” and asked how to combat this.  My best advice is more chest work with weights, and an adjustment in the diet.  Chest Flyes, chest press, incline dumbbell press, etc., will all work the chest area and support muscle growth there.  Contact your local gym for a good recommendation from a trainer if you are a novice to weight training.  Do this after you’ve gotten clearance from your doctor.   To prevent injury, don’t try to lift too much weight too soon.   To see any results, you’ll need 1 gram of protein per pound of body weight at minimum.  Go online to find a health calculator to help you figure out your daily caloric needs, and be honest with yourself.  If you are leading a sedentary life, don’t weasel a day or two in the mix to suggest that you are active two days a week by rationalizing that walking to the mailbox is exercise.  Most women need 1800-2200 calories a day for maintenance.  I’ve met marathon runners who run 130 miles a week who can’t keep weight on with that calorie amount and will add more calories to maintain their weight.  Bill Phillips is over 50 and working out in CO with his wife Maria.  He’s a great motivator and trainer with years of knowledge.  If you are a man over 50 wanting advice, email bill@transformation.com  or seek him out on Facebook.

With any fitness or change in your diet, consult a doctor.  Most MD’s stay fit and workout, as well.  I’ve had the same gynecologist for the last 19 years. He knows my health, fitness and vitamin history and makes recommendations on what to add or what is now recommended with vitamins.   His wife was who referred me to him as she knew my activity level.   I take a lot of vitamins for immunity, and recommend that you take them so long as you are not on any medication and you consult a doctor.  (It’s good to consult with a doctor, as some medications interact with vitamins and can cause harm).  Luckily, I’ve avoided medications thus far.

The younger you are, the quicker you’ll see results from weight training. If you are new to it,  it’s not too late.   I’ve met women in their 70’s who started late in their fifties and are now stronger than most millenials.

@bethadair13, Twitter and Insta

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Hair and Makeup with Renee

by Beth Adair

A talented makeup artist can make all the difference in the world to your next head shot or photo shoot.  I wanted to get a few shots in fairly “natural looking” makeup, for a “business look”, & that would also show up in pictures.  In Jacksonville, Renee Parenteau (@ReneeParenteau) is a fabulous contact.

I had first met Renee when working on a photo shoot with the late Paul Figura back in 2011.  Paul was locally known, well liked, & had worked with the @Jaguars.  He had accounts out-of-state with goals in commercial work. In 2011, I was eagerly trying to get the attention of the @Runnersworld magazine staff & wanted unedited shots to send to them.   (In hopes of getting picked up on a potential project, later on). Paul came highly recommended by Chris Condon, a friend from high school, & photographer for the PGA tour.

It was an incredible gift, as I worked with Paul free on spec.  Sometimes you won’t know where or why you’ll get such nice favors, but I am always grateful.

I didn’t even have to explain to Renee what I was looking for, a “sport” look as she already knew & had already done work out in Los Angeles.  I showed at her studio before the crack of dawn, so we could be Paul’s studio by 7 am.  I had always been trained in college to show with clean hair and no makeup on, so that’s how I arrived.

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The look was perfect.  A natural “sporty look”, & using mostly muted shades, with lash extensions.  On any given day at the gym, you will find me with mascara or lipstick.  I’ve been known to show at marathons with a full face of makeup (something not always understood by other runners).
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Years later, I’d cross paths with Renee again, and she was just as fun to work with.  Her studio had transitioned to both makeup and still shot photography.  I needed a few head shot looks for my professional profile.   I got some in a suit, and a “housewife look” in a denim shirt.

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My agent and I met later that month and we reviewed pictures.  She commented that Renee did great work.   I hope if your travels bring you to Jacksonville, you’ll add Renee to your list of contacts for make up.

Renee works in the Jacksonville, Florida area.  Contact her at reneeparenteau.com

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@bethadair13, Instagram & Twitter


Photo Shoot with Paul Buceta

by Beth Adair

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Working with Paul Buceta was the bomb. With the fitness world being so small, I had heard how great Paul was to work with, & I knew my experience would be positive and provide great art.

The opportunity to work with him came at a great time.  I knew several months in advance of the January ’19 shoot, & my mother was on a decline in health the fall previous.  Before her passing, it was a riot to overhear her boast to her friends, “My daughter is doing a photo shoot in Canada”.   The nurses & friends at the assisted living facility were as excited for the opportunity as me.  It was always well received, and a riot to me that at my age, my mom would still boast.  

I arrived in Canada with strict instructions on where to enter the @prodstudioTO.  It was January & you can imagine that it wasn’t a “balmy 70 degrees” in Canada. I think the wind chill that day was -10.  Paul’s studio is a short drive from downtown.  I got there early to work with Monica Kalra,  his makeup artist.  Monica had a real estate exam that day and would only be available for an hour, but her help and techniques were much needed as I am not good at placing my own lashes.  On any given day, I wear mascara, but for photo shoots, I like lash extensions.

Outfits for the shoot were in vast assortment.  There were a few from @Rogiani, @Brooksrunning, & @LucasHugh.  I had brought my bikinis with me, and they were from @Venus and a line called Mossimo, (that used to be found at @Target).  My reason for picking these two lines of bikini’s?  The  Venus line is from my hometown in Jacksonville, Florida.  I’ve never met the ladies there in person, but over the phone they are so energetic and nice.  I own probably 6 Venus bikini’s, all made in the USA.  The Mossimo line just fit well.

Paul selected the outfit for the first shots.  I changed and through the course of the 8 hour shoot, we worked in natural lighting,  artificial lighting and combination of both.  He staged shots on occasion with a fan, and some shots were done in black and white.

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The number one thing I learned from this shoot was the best way to pose in a bikini to give your upper thighs the best look.   You stand in a pair of high heels (about 3-4 inches high), with your feet placed at “second position” like a ballet dancer. With your back straight and arms placed, you bend your knees outward like you are squatting.  You start descending down until Paul says “okay”, and then get the pictures.   It will give your legs a defined look, and look more smooth or chiseled at the upper thigh and show in the pictures. This was a fun new pose.  I know i’ll use it again.  Using high heels was nothing new, but the pose was.This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is 3D939EB2-1687-40CE-97A5-AEFD86EE338D-576x1024.png

It was on the lunch break where I would meet Paul’s wife, Kim Gunther, and marketer, Kevin Greene both on staff at @STRONGFITMag.   They were both a breath of fresh air, and I laughed a lot.   After they left the studio, Paul and I decided to play a joke on Kevin by doing some fun poses in a Tshirt.   I wore the shirt over my bikini. (Shown) .

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I co-own the rights to the photos, with most of them being used on my social media pages, as well as the opening shot of my website in black and white, and unedited.   The top in the opening shot was from Paul’s wardrobe rack.   My web designer JB chatted with Paul on how to get the image transparent.  The “fitness over 50” project was a success.  My agent would later put out a press release. This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is EB139AF5-EAF9-445E-93E0-FCE447FBAB4B.jpeg

My goal is to motivate people to train.  All of my friends know I love fitness, and love to eat.  I hope everyone works with Paul and his team at some point (PaulBuceta.com).  May all of your projects produce a laugh and a positive cash flow.

What do you have planned next? Remember to plan well, work hard and your work will pay off one way or another. I once read online that 42% of your goals get accomplished just by writing them down.


@bethadair13, Instagram & Twitter


Thoughts from the Paw

by Beth Adair

So why a bikini fitness contest, or anything of the sort at 50+? Because it’s a positive focus. In a nutshell, that’s why I’ve got the wheels in motion to do one.

Over the course of the last several years, I’ve met so many who have competed, & most have talked so positively about it. Usually any negative comments have come from athletes that are just plain burned out on it, & have succeeded in their fitness goals. Whether it’s getting published, growing their brands, or increasing their clientele in training, they all did something of the sort.

I first heard about bikini fitness contests from one of the fitness magazines I’ve read & noticed the information about the SAFCompetitions.com in a recent Strong Fitness Magazine. I’m no stranger to a gym, & a vast majority of my “athletic career” has been in running. No, I’m not a pro athlete, yes I love to eat,  & yes I typically surround myself with upbeat people.  No matter where I’ve traveled, I always manage to come in contact with people in the fitness world. Was I ever published? Once, in the very fabulous , Oxygen Magazine AU, in 2015.   I hope to get to Australia someday, as the people I’ve met online from there are so incredibly nice

Through the course of this pandemic, I’ve seen more of  family, cleaned house constantly,  volunteered, &  all of which I’ve enjoyed. I did take a voluntary leave of absence for 2 mos. & it taught me I’m not ready to retire for another 10 years. I enjoy my job too much, & I enjoy my side projects in fitness or modeling, too. I do a lot of things free on gratis, like helping international contacts, or helping a novice.  I’m grateful to still have the energy and “gung ho” to do it.

For the contest, I’m unsure which category I’ll be entering, & will enter closer to the date. I noticed you get marked down on one category for being too ripped or vascular. I don’t care so much if I place, as this is my first competition, and I have so much to learn. My cardio will have to be cut at some point as with the pandemic, I’ve taken to daily 17 mile bike rides which usually take 85 minutes or so. I’ve really enjoyed it. Cardio training needs to be capped at 45 minutes a session, from what I’ve read. My weight training took a hit too, with the gym being closed, I lifted less and can tell in how I look (less toned).  I put on 7 pounds since January & that’ll need to come off, too. To get rolling again, I got a few books to change my training and contacted Lyn Lichty, a radical trainer I knew as a kid.  I’ve worked 1 session a week in the budget, and will do the rest solo. She’s tough!

What’s your next goal? Are you surrounding yourself with positive things? If your job is gone or money is tight, do you have a plan for the future? Will you look back on your life in 15 years and say, “man, I really kicked some butt that year”?  Whatever your case, don’t give up and don’t allow any  back logs with bills stress you out. The worse is behind us, and it’s time to focus on recovery and keep vigilant about staying healthy and getting a positive cash flow. The bills will still get paid, albeit some sooner than others, & just keep positive. I’ve met landlords cutting slack to those affected and have seen such kindness in other areas.  For my own general well being, I’ve cut out a few toxic people in my life (by this I mean, not toxic to others, but toxic for me), taken to listening to upbeat music, & re-read a few chapters in the book “The Psychology of Winning”, by Denis Waitly.

Stay focused on your own path.  Work hard, laugh harder, and remember, I’m always laughing with ya.

@bethadair13, insta and twitter


Face Mask

So happy to show you a method to making a face mask that I learned from watching TV. I used simple items you may already have.  Check Twitter @bethadair13 for video attached to pin.

We’ll need to follow face mask rules & it looks like we may be in them awhile. As soon as they open the skies, I’m taking off to Ireland.

Be well, & hope you find a laugh in anything you do 😁



Tiberias Strikes Again

It was less than a week ago I was on a flight to New York City. I had set up volunteering at the #TSCNYCMarathon & was very excited to go & hopefully see friends. The energy of the race is so fun, even if you aren’t running.  To work the race number pickup & chat with runners from around the world is a blast.

While on the flight up on Halloween morning, I was trying to tie up loose ends on why I kept getting notifications for only 1 day of volunteering, (when I’d put in for two). Long story short, after about 3 emails & a confirmation that it would be fixed, I was changing my hours of volunteering on my social pages. After posting the changes on FB, I got a reply from a contact in Israel, Ron Golan, mentioning that a running conference was taking place, once again. Because I was on taxi-in to JFK & about to get my bags, I didn’t watch the link of the video. I was just wanting to get off the plane and deal with the trains to NYC.  I had hoped Jordan was going again because he’s fun.

I went last year to the conference, & had a ball, and even drove over to Jerusalem to check out the holy lands.  I knew if I could get on a flight there, I’d look into accommodations.  Tel Aviv goes out full, (this I knew from my friends at work that are Hebrew speaking flight attendants who work the flight often).  .

After getting to the city, I was on a trek to find my friend George. but before I even thought about going over to the RunCenter, I needed to drop my bags at a friends place in the UWS.   I wasn’t staying with her, but it was a great place to store my bags & I was grateful for the help.  Probably the best thing about that muggy & rainy morning was that I was able to chase down a senior lady outside the CVS who had left her phone in the cart next to mine In the store. I had gone to CVS to get Halloween candy, a diet Mountain dew & a few things before going the RunCenter. This lady was hard of hearing, and I told the guy at the CVS Checkout counter to watch my cart because I just wanted her to have her phone back. I know the “passersby” at the corner of west end and 71st thought I was a fool, running down the street yelling , “m’am, M’am, you left this” to a woman who was hard of hearing.  It was a half a block run, but I caught up to her & she was glad to get her phone back.  When I got back to CVS, all my things were intact.  I trusted the guy running the counter, as I’d seen him there before on previous visits,, and there was a camera to record anyone jacking my stuff.

When I got to the RunCenter, the guys sent me straight to the Javits Center. I had just missed George, but was told to find him there and not to expect it to be easy.  (I already knew this).  I merely wanted to catch up.

When I got off the escalator at the Javits Center, there was a man standing outside of the expo, &  he asked how my day was going. I noticed his “Jerusalem Marathon” logo on his shirt, so I asked him if he knew Ron Golan and the people in Tiberias, (and about the conference w/Jordan). Oddly enough, (at least to me), he knew of them all. He said he’d been invited earlier that week & was going. After about 3 minutes of chatting &  finding out how small the world is, we ended up at the booth for the Jerusalem marathon. What are the chances? It was so weird to me. The first person I’d chat with at the Javits center knew the man that sent me the link to the conference on taxi in from my flight that morning.  Such coincidence and we all were laughing at the Jerusalem marathon booth.

After tooling about 5 or 6 booths, and inviting them all to the Gate River Run, I decided I needed to get rolling over to Stamford, CT where I’d be staying the first night of my visit.  I’d gotten a room off of hotels.com.  The next two nights would be with my dear friend from middle school who I’ve stayed in touch with since. ( Her husband was leaving for China the day I got into CT, so it was better for everyone that I’d show to her house the next day).

I knew that leaving the Javits center Thursday,  that I’d be back over to the Runner’s World booth  at some point to hopefully meet up again with Kit Fox.  He had published a book, Mighty Moe, and I wanted to chat on video about it, and the race headquarters for Jacksonville, Florida (1stplacesports.com).  I liked his enthusiasm and he knew of an outstanding legacy editor, Amby Burfoot.   (We got the video done in five minutes on Saturday, which was all the time I had.  Check my Instagram or Twitter pages at @bethadair13 , if interested).

I was effectively fried when I got to Stamford. The stress of getting up at 3 through the trains in the city and down stairs at the Subway, and deal with the city traffic on Halloween, all caught up.   I decided to take an hour walk around Stamford and hit the hay early. Before doing that though, I checked the video on the link I’d been sent that morning. There was Jordan Metzl  chatting on the video about the conference and my very favorite skeletal prototype, “Rex” in the background. I smiled and knew I’d make the trip to Israel if there were seats open.  I travel standby, and go on available space.

I know Jordan through my contacts with Runner’s World Magazine. The first meeting w/him was when I had made a trip to a Running Strong clinic several years ago, and I remember getting a few of his books and also some by Meb. At the book signing, Jordan asked where my books were. I hadn’t budgeted for my own, (or more than 3 of his books and 3 of Meb’s books), too. I wasn’t trying to offend anyone by not buying more, and was trying to motivate a few guys from my running club at work (one a paralympic runner). With taxi’s, subways, buses and all kinds of expenses to get to the conference, I was glad he wasn’t offended, neither was Meb.  I needed to get a magazine signed by Meb, too, for a kid who looked up to him.

I have a good time. The volunteer adventure was just that, an energetic blast:-) I made people laugh, got pictures with any runner who wanted one and took pictures of runners who were alone but wanted proof they were in corral 100-1,999). I joked I was also running “PR for race number pickup”.  One of my favorite families was from Spain.  Two men were running and brought in 8-9 members of their family to watch the race.  That was an expensive trip, plane tickets, accommodations and his wife said “get a picture with this chicas”, so funny!  I was in their photos.. It was important to me to do race number pickup this year, as once I’d made a trip to a race and the peeps working the number pickup could’ve cared less I’d traveled to get to their race. (Like money grew on trees for hotels or it’s easy to schedule time off). It was a learning experience that if I ever worked a race number pickup, I’d thank everyone making the trip (even if they were locals). I did that at the Runner’s World Half and Festival back in 2017. I remember there was a guy then who’d driven all night to get from the outskirts of Boston to make the race in PA. It was “off the chain” dedication to make his work schedule and running schedule work that week.  A “work horse” is used to pulling an allnighter.  It’s like studying for an exam in college, or in my job, when you get a weather delay and it adds an additional six hours to the 8 hour flight you only thought you’d be working.  It still shows their passion for the sport.

I knew I’d be revved to work harder after being around “gung ho” New Yorker’s and sure enough, I was. I never caught up to George, but did get a nice email before leaving the city from him that he was tied up and we’d catch up again, soon. Once I finished my volunteering both days, I’d head to my friends place in CT.  I picked up a trip to London to fly out on marathon day and know that I’ll be in the city for the race again next year.  It’ll be the 50th, and full of excitement.

2020 will be a blast of a year. I’m excited already. I’ll be checking out the conference in Tiberias (running-medicine.co.il), and  the Stadium Blitz clinics throughout the year, too. I’ll be training for my first ever bikini fitness contest using the Bill Phillips concept, and adjusting my weight training to get my body shaped up better.  I may have to hire a trainer for a few sessions, as over the years I’ve gotten into a chain of habit, and it might be time for an adjustment.  With my travel schedule, staying fit is essential. I’m 52, and am always looking for a new goal. My fitness keeps me going and I like fun new projects. It’ll be fun to put the energies into new projects.

What are your goals for 2020? I hope they are well planned and easy to attain, and if not, you have it mapped out well:-).  Keep up the positive vibe with a lot of laughs:-)