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What keeps me going is what I have at the moment - my inner self, gifts and talents. I have adjusted to using adaptive sports equipment which still allow me to achieve the same results. Transcript: "What keeps me do? What I love to do is not what I am missing. It's what I have at the moment. I still have my inner me, me losing my feet, did not take away, the gifts that I have, and my talent of running, I had to just adjust and use adaptive sports equipment, which still yield the same results. Yes."
No, I think Abby's have not reached their highest possible physical performance and there is still room for growth. Transcript: "Do you think Abby's have reached their highest possible physical performance? Actually, no, I think sky's the limit when it comes to physical performance. I think stuff is evolving. I think people are starting to get a hang and learn more about their bodies and what they need and going in the right direction. So I think, as far as physical performance also, depending upon the sport, but now I think the sky's the limit for physical performance"
Active recovery is important to help you stay in top physical shape. Swimming is a great way to do active recovery and take the load off of your body. Transcript: "Active recovery is very important. I do a lot of swimming in my active recovery days. Just to take the load off of the wear and tear that out that I bring when I'm like on ground surface and will not blow. This is very important, it's very helpful. Get your active recovery. Be the best athlete you can be."
I learned that I can write a memoir, that I'm an okay writer, that there were some stories I didn't want to share, and that I'm okay being vulnerable. Transcript: "What did I learn about myself from writing my memoir? Well, first of all, I learned that I could write a memoir. I'd never written anything of any length before, so it taught me that I can tackle another challenge that I hadn't been to before. So it gave me some confidence. I also learned that I'm just an okay writer. Nothing special. This book is not a Pulitzer Prize winner. It's just a story. I learned there were some stories I didn't want to share. I expected to have one or two more stories in there that were just frankly too personal, too painful, embarrassing, however you want to call it, to share. But I also learned I'm okay being vulnerable. I shared a lot of stuff about my youth that maybe some authors wouldn't share. I heard that from some folks who read it. In my class, you might say, some folks with disabilities that wrote their memoirs are like, Wow, Paul, you were really personal. I really appreciate what you put out there. That's what I learned."
Thoracic Mobility and Elbow Mobility are the two most important muscle groups to focus on. Improving these will help with your underwater, flips, starts, and all other strokes. Transcript: "Hey Garrett, great question. The most important muscle groups to focus on, I think. 100% is thoracic. Mobility throughout sick. Mobility is thousand percent. Can improve your underwater. It's going to prove your flips, can improve your start. If you see the top swimmers in the world, do that start they get that out of like really nice upper chest, Pike. Dive all that's the Rasik Mobility. Caleb dress was underwater thoracic Mobility. Ability, so that I think is the absolute most important after that severely underrated elbow Mobility, every stroke requires that high elbow catch, especially, especially backstroke, and then obviously, you know, the The Strokes on your stomach. So the Rasik and elbow Mobility do those two game-changers."
I would like to see more para swimmers on the platform and think gold medalist Evan Austin would be a great addition. Transcript: "I would like to see more para swimmers on the platform. And I think gold medalist Evan Austin would be an awesome addition."