I was introduced to Biorhythms by my father, when I was in middle school or high school.  As Biorhythms are calculated with a mathematical formula, my fathers interest was understandable, he was after all, a mathematician. My obsession with them defies logic – I am neither a mathematician, nor an aspiring fortune teller, but I check them frequently enough that I “know” when certain of my rhythms are “up” or “down”.  According to facade, biorhythm cycles map our emotional, physical and intellectual proclivities throughout the month, and these are based on our birth date, with the intellectual cycle lasting 33 days, the physical cycle lasting 23 days, and the emotional one for 28 days (whether you are female or not).

“The numbers from +100% (maximum) to -100% (minimum) indicate where the rhythms are on a particular day. In general, a rhythm at 0% is thought to have no real impact on your life, whereas a rhythm at +100% (a high) would give you an edge in that area, and a rhythm at -100% (a low) would make life more difficult in that area. There is no particular meaning to a day on which your rhythms are all high or all low, except the obvious benefits or hindrances that these rare extremes are thought to have on your life.”

So right now, I am in the middle of what my husband and I jokingly refer to as “Dastardly Days” – meaning that everything is “down”.  (When everything is “up” we call this a “Triple Wicked” – not sure why.) I had sort of been anticipating these days as I had intentionally entered a 7 mile swim for when


everything was projected to be “up” on October 28th.  (Unfortunately, due to a horrific hurricane season, this swim has been canceled this year.)

Having suffered from melancholy most of my life, I have found my biorhythms at least, to be uncannily accurate in the emotional cycle.   If I have a really bad weekend and I go back and check what my biorhythms were that weekend, I almost invariably find that my emotional cycle was in “down” mode.  I haven’t been very good at anticipating the downside of my emotions, only in looking back retrospectively, because I believe that I actually do have a significant amount of control over my life.  At least I have control over how I behave, or react to a given situation.  Nonetheless, if I have been feeling especially morose for seemingly no reason at all, once I’m over it, if I look back, yup, my emotional biorhythm was down.

The last few years however, I’ve also been sort of tracking my physical biorhythm, to see how accurate it is.  I find that it only has a very small effect on my performance in the gym or in the pool. However, if my biorhythms are down in emotions AND physical components, then I might as well stay in bed – or at least not even plan on being competitive.

I have learned that the days projected are not exactly accurate – they may be off by 7-10 days – the physical cycle at least.  The emotional cycle for me, is dead on.

So it is interesting to see what has been happening in my life the past several days.  I seem to find fault in everything, feel critical of everybody, and want to bark at idiots on the road, co-workers, and even my family members.  Knowing that my biorhythm is in down mode and that I am just about to move past it is helpful, because I can tell myself to hold my tongue for just a few days.  I’m more apt to get a second opinion from a co-worker rather than make a snap decision on something that is less than routine – to be on the safe side.  It’s incredibly gratifying to note that my performance in the pool and gym are not “down” even though the chart says they should be.  It will be interesting to see how things are in two weeks when I’m having a “triple wicked”.  I’ll let you know.



What Exactly Is Considered Athletic?


via Daily Prompt: Athletic

When my oldest child was in elementary school, we put her in synchronized swimming.  This is a much more difficult venture than one might suppose.  You might think of yourself as a good swimmer, a good ballerina or gymnast, but, can you d

What Exactly Is Considered Athletic?

o all your tricks while upside down, holding your breath?  Probably not.  One day when my sweet girl was in her PE class, her PE instructor advised her that swimming was not a sport, and thus, Christa was not athletic. Seriously?  I think this has bothered me for over 20 years now.

How many “athletes” in other sports can swim at all?  There is a joke that goes something like this:  If you put a swimmer on the field at football practice, he might come out of it bruised and sore, but he would be able to do what was asked of him, and finish the practice.  If, on the other hand, you took a football player and put him in swim practice, in many cases it is questionable whether or not the football player could even finish one length of the pool, let alone a two hour practice.  So it seems to me that the term sport, or athletic, must have been dreamt up by those who play with balls – footballs, basketballs, soccer balls and tennis balls.

I would like to put forth the radical suggestion that the term “Sportsman” is not accurate either. After all, how sporting is it of mankind to hide in the bushes and shoot lethal bullets at unsuspecting deer or other animals? And how athletic does a person have to be to shoot a gun?  I’ll admit that there is a certain amount of skill to shooting straight, consistently catching fish, or using a cross-bow, but I don’t that that makes a person “athletic” nor do I think it makes them “sporty”.  Therefore we should have another term, don’t you think?  Hunter works for me.  Fisherman or archer work as well, but not sportsman.


To be considered athletic, one is generally considered physically active and strong; and good at sports and must be able to use physical skills (or capabilities) such as strength, agility or stamina during the sporting activity.  This then, includes swimming (and synchronized swimming as well) as sports that would qualify someone as athletic.

So yes, Christa, you are athletic, and you do participate in a sport.  No matter what the ball boys say.




They look athletic to me.