How Asbestos Hurts Our Homes

A couple of years back, I read a fascinating story about how a British family found asbestos in their pool. It was a big deal because as an insulator, asbestos would have had no place in a swimming pool. Incidentally, it wasn’t the first time I read about that sort of encounter.

Sometime in the early 2000s, I talked to a crew that was clearing asbestos out of an old gym. I was visiting the place because I wanted to pay my respects to some of the locals, who were friends of mine. It seems someone used asbestos sheets under the walls.

The crew was getting ready to seal off the entire gym and remove the sheets. They told me it was a good thing that they hadn’t found any loose fibres so far because that could have been dangerous.

They needed to check the water for the stuff, too.

You’re probably wondering how the fibres got in the water. There’s plenty of ways it could happen. It might have gotten in through tiles, pipes, insulation, or plaster. This is especially true if you’re using older work, or the pool near an older structure.

One good thing is that wet asbestos isn’t a significant hazard. The water keeps the fibres from flying around, so the atmosphere isn’t contaminated. The problem is if you accidentally swallow the pool water, or if the wet fibres get on your body.

Once the fibres dry, they spread. If they spread, they can be inhaled and do damage.

Asbestos is pretty common in older buildings. If your home, gym, or building hasn’t seen a renovation since the 80s, you’re probably looking at potential asbestos hidden somewhere. Whatever you do, don’t even try to DIY anything. That’s a recipe for disaster.

With that in mind, you can try to check your home. If you can, ask for the history of repairs and renovations. Certain areas are more likely to have fibres and sheets than others.

Cement roofing or siding shingles from the old days would have used the substance. The fibres might also be in home insulation. In particular, they saw everyday use between 1930 and 1950, before tapering off.

Artificial ashes and embers in gas-fired fireplaces might also be asbestos. Stove-top pads and other, similar products also use the material. You might want to look at any textured paint from before the 80s as well, including on walls and ceiling joints.

Your walls and floors might also need checking. Maybe even the floors, if you have old vinyl or vinyl sheets there.

Asbestos doesn’t do any damage to the home itself. It’s there because it’s fire-resistant and ideal for insulation. However, if the sheets aren’t intact, they contaminate the air and can be lethal. It’s a slow death, and the damage caused can’t be reversed.

If you see any fibres or sheets, call professionals and don’t disturb the site. It is imperative that you keep out of the area to minimise exposure, and listen to any procedures the asbestos clearing crew recommends.

Swimming 101


The Swim entered the pool territory like he generally does with somewhat of a strut. He needs alternate orders, who are watching this initially rehearse, to realize that he is only smooth. His hair is slicked back somewhat more than typical on this first day and he had put on a sprinkle more chlorine cologne than expected. He met Buzz, the mentor, at the pool to get sorted out and get ready for the main exercise.

The Swim was so arrogant. He felt for beyond any doubt that he was quite recently going to get into the pool and tear through an exercise. As he met the mentor he understood that Buzz was somewhat not ready for this first day. It was amazing that the Coach would not have a set exercise of a particular measure of yards or certain drills or abilities, yet the mentor simply needed to see The Swim get in the pool. The Run and The Bike sat on the edge of the pool needing to see the display that was about the unfurl. They needed to check whether the notoriety of The Swim was comparable to publicized. The Swim got in the pool with his board shorts bathing suit, goggles, and no swim top. Who required a swim top when you had slicked back hair?

The Swim took off from the divider to swim the principal lap of this awesome enterprise of swimming. The Swim looked not as much as amazing to the Coach who saw him thrash his arms around in the hair, kick uncontrollably, and endeavor to muscle his way through the laps. The Swim completed his initial 25 yards and needed to take a full breath. What appeared to be a simple change from swimming very nearly 20 years past to today, now appeared to be overwhelming. How would he be able to ever swim 300 yards for the primary marathon, also in the end do a portion of the more drawn out marathons, for example, the half ironman separation of 1.2-mile swim or the full ironman which is 2.4 miles? Mentor Buzz sat tight for The Swim to return down the path and after that they began to talk.

Amid the season of this initially swim, there was a tyke perhaps 12 years of age in a path beside The Swim. She was flying here and there the pool. She looked easy in the way she was swimming. The Swim wondered about her expertise. He couldn’t conceivable attempt to stay aware of her speed and decided there that he would show signs of improvement at swimming. Buzz was even amazed at the speed of the young lady and how much slower this orders was going.

I had no arrangement on this first day. I figured I would simply get in the pool and swim a couple of laps. I felt like this first day would simply be a vibe out day. I had no clue about frame as a piece of the swim as I was persuaded the swim was about beast quality as alternate controls seem to be. I was in for a severe shock. I do recall that young lady expediently and effectively tearing through yardage like a raccoon through a sack of potato chips. I was humiliated and demoralized. I determined to come back with an arrangement and to do explore on the most proficient method to swim. This teach I figured I could be capable at, now was one of my greatest shortcomings. After just a couple of hundred yards, I was depleted.

My First Limo Experience

As a coach, people oftentimes see me as a boring character. I’m not sure if that’s due to the movies or the stuff they see online but they automatically assume that I wake up every morning, go to the training area, go home and sleep.

Fortunately, I still have a life and I love it.

Contrary to what people believe, I actually live a pretty exciting life. I’ve made a number of “teenage decisions” that were both dangerous and exciting. I’ve also experienced a number of moments where I could actually say “I will never forget this”.

I guess that’s why I am the perfect swim coach for growing teens. I understand them. I know what they are going through. I can connect to them.

For example, there was a troubled kid I got to talk to about certain problems in his life. He was going to the prom with a pretty popular girl and he didn’t know what to do to “impress” her. I put emphasis on impress because the kid really thought he had to go and pull the moon for her.

That was then I relayed to him my first limo experience. It was also prom when I got to ride my first limo. I guess it was rented from but I wasn’t sure. I was very excited as it was literally my first time riding a luxury car. In my mind, I was imagining how much fun me and my friends were going to have in the limo.

Sadly, my partner said as soon as I rode the limo that we were the only ones that will ride the limo. He said he can’t afford to have my friends over because they might damage the limo and that would mean he would pay more. It was the worst feeling in the world. That was the longest 10-minute drive of my life. I went home in my friend’s car and we had a lot of fun.

I guess what I was saying was that it doesn’t matter if you take her in a limo or a trike. Just as long as the lady gets to be happy. That will definitely make her day.

Swimming for Fitness

The reason I got into coaching swimmers was that I loved to swim. I was never good enough to be a top-tier athlete, but I had it in me to do well and to teach what I knew. I try to encourage people to get into swimming, even if they don’t plan to make it their sport.

After all, there are just so many benefits that you can probably swim your way to a healthier life.

For starters, swimming can burn calories fast. There are few things more efficient at burning them away than half an hour doing the breaststroke. It is a good way to get fit in a hurry.

As with any exercise, swimming also elevates the mood. It clears the mind of the gunk that comes with stress and daily life, giving you fresh slate in the water. You’d be surprised at how easy it is to think clearly after you take a swim if you don’t get an idea while you’re in the pool!

A swim is also a low-impact exercise, which is ideal for people who want a more relaxed workout or are injured.

Think about it. The buoyancy in the water means there is a lot less pressure on the joints and limbs as you move, so you aren’t straining yourself too hard. You can take to the water at your own pace, with fewer worries about putting weight on anything.

I like the fact that swimming means you aren’t getting all sweaty or overheating. Much like the weight issue, the water seems to handle that well enough.

Swimming is also good for the lungs and heart.

As a kid, I had asthma. Dust, cat fur, and some types of linen would trigger attacks. My doctor advised that I take up swimming because it would help build up the strength of my lungs and heart. Regular trips to the pool to do laps did wonders for my lung capacity over the years.

Dealing With Depressed Athletes

When you’re coaching athletes of any stripe, there are many challenges. Confidence issues, body issues, discipline, time management, and even a few personal questions can all come up. One of the things that nobody warns you or tells you how to deal with is athlete depression.

Yes, athletes of any age – even kids – can become depressed. All it takes are a combination of the right factors.

Over the years, I’ve had to teach myself how to deal with depression in the teams I coach. It isn’t easy to spot and even harder to work through, but I’ve learned a thing or two about what works.

In some cases, laughter and talking are good. Laughter helps cut down the symptoms and improve the mood. Encouraging people to spend time with friends and family can help, as long as those are not the causes of the depression in the first place.

Communication is also important. The depressed need someone to talk to, a support system that won’t toss them aside when their mood drops like a lead balloon.

Exercise also helps.

To quote a movie, exercise releases endorphins into the body. Endorphins make you happy. Therefore, people who exercise regularly are more satisfied, or at least less likely to feel depressed. It helps that making people focus on physical performance keeps their mind busy.

Sleep also works wonders. Sometimes, the brain just does not function right if you’re not getting enough sleep. I’ve found that sleeping it off works for a lot of emotional troubles, or at least make them feel like less of an issue long enough for you to work on a permanent fix.

In some people, talking about the future specifically is a good move. Sometimes, thinking about where they might be can help them overcome where they are now. It doesn’t have to be a big plan, though. Just little steps to keep them moving forward helps.

Finally, eat regularly. Food is important, especially the occasional comfort food.