In todays blog we hear from Baz who is one of our longest standing Evo members, clocking up over 1000 mornings training with us!!
I’ll answer to being called Barry / Baz / Bazza. I’ll be 59 years young at the end of this year. I was born in Tel Aviv Israel, raised in Muizenberg, Cape Town, South Africa and immigrated to Australia in January 1992. I’m a plumber and was involved in my own plumbing business for over 30 years.
The last 6 months of 2000, I was having headaches on a daily basis and thought that it was stress related, due to the constant work and building up of the business. I took a 2 week break at the end of 2000 to relax, but the headaches kept on coming. I went to my GP who sent me for X-rays so that I could get the ALL CLEAR, this was in January 2001. They came to the conclusion that the headaches were caused by arthritis of the neck and that there was nothing serious. My wife, being a nurse, insisted that I go and have a CT scan. I had to insist and convince the doctor to refer me to get the scan. I went for a scan and once again got the ALL CLEAR. I went back to work and 20 minutes later got a call from the radiographer who said that the doc wanted to do a further scan ! This time they did the scan using contrast, and my life changed…….
I was given 1 – 2 weeks to live unless I had the tumour removed. (It was apparently larger than a tennis ball) Well, the rest is history and after being miss diagnosed TWICE, I’m still here to tell my story!
I retired in January 2013 and found Evo offering a free trial when I was going for a walk one morning. was HOOKED after the first week! My very first session with Evo was on Monday the 5th of May 2013 , a day which I will not forget!.
I have now been at almost EVERY session with the Maroubra Klik. To date, I have logged about 1070 sessions with Evo. In Maroubra, I have been able to train with different 5 trainers.
I am fairly fit so fortunately I am able to run and can get to do the occasional Saturday session with Barton in Rushy or just run through to Coogee to say hello to Jayne on a Thursday.
What I really love about the training is the fresh air and seeing the sunrise before most of the world. Coupled with the fact that it’s so easy to get to training and it being local I get to know more people in the area. Being part of Evo is like having a second family and you can build special friendships with like-minded people.
Last year my goal was to start running, and this year I completed and ticked off a half marathon from my bucket list. When people ask me what makes me go training as often as I do, I always say, “there is nothing nicer than a reconditioned vintage, and that’s why I train”…..LOL.
Being retired has given me the opportunity to concentrate on my family and gives me a chance to concentrate on my own health. Most people don’t know this, but besides being a plumber, I am also a massage therapist and reflexologist so in my spare time, I enjoy looking around for new products that could help people in the health industry.
Every morning I read this poem that was found on a wall in one of the cells in Alcatraz.
(NB: The poem can be changed to suit any gender!)
It is called:
THE MAN IN THE MIRROR
When you get what you want in your struggle for self, and the world makes you King for a day.
Then go to the mirror and look at yourself and see what the man has to say.
For it isn’t a man’s father, mother or wife, who’s judgement upon him must pass, the fellow who’s verdicts counts most in his life is the man staring back from the glass.
He’s the fellow to please, never mind all the rest, for he’s with you clear up to the end, and you’ve passed your most dangerous, difficult test, if the man in the glass is your friend.
You can fool the whole world through the pathways of years and get pats on the back as you pass, but your final reward will be heartache and tears if you’ve cheated the man in the glass.