Married 2 The Ocean…In the Spirit of the 2014, Molokai 2 Oahu
By Suzie Cooney
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Like others here, you probably have a serious relationship with the ocean. This could be our common thread that brings us all back together no matter where you are at this moment. That is pretty awesome.
This shared love is probably the only acceptable polygamous, open relationship one is allowed to have… in public anyway. You’re safe here.
My affinity and seduction with the ocean is very serious, so much so I think that I may put it first above those of the humans I know and love. I will not apologize for this but only hope and imagine that others share the same relationship “status.”
It is a very healthy thing to have in one’s life and it must not be taken for granted. Like all relationships, it must be well cared for and nurtured and requires a mutual respect of one another. You must treat it the way you want to be treated.
I have made many big sacrifices in my life; some personal and some financial to make room for this relationship. I broke up with the traditional ways of earning a living that caused huge amounts of stress and strife. Fifteen years since I have found a way to fully immerse myself in it and have no regrets. My rewards are above and beyond what money can buy.
You see, I am married to the ocean. I’m already taken and spoken for. It’s kind of like a mortal relationship except, the ocean is always right and can reject me and hurt me in one second, but I keep going back. In the end I learn great lessons about myself and more about it’s changing ways. The lumps on the head or even stitches and physical and mental scars are reminders of how I had to learn.
I’ve been to the water’s edge many times observing the waves, the winds, the tides and have sometimes felt a strange, distant unnerving feeling in my gut that kept me on the shore. Those have always been the best decisions and I’ve never taken it personally.
Speaking to that the ocean never says no but sometimes it says in it’s own way, “maybe not today, stay on land, it may not be your day.” My patience is tested, my anticipation deflated but my love for it never waivers. There is always tomorrow. I am not scorned or jealous.
When it’s good, it’s REALLY good if you know what I mean! The feeling you get when everything is right from the textures of the water to the color of the sky reflecting on it. Then comes the rush and gush you feel deep in your soul. From riding an awesome wave, catching a long glide or just being in it is enough of a fix for me. Although I don’t have a sparkly ring to show for it, the ocean loves me back in it’s own way, full on.
Always having been a water person, even before I moved to Maui in 1999, the ocean is truly my happy place. Somehow I have figured out a way to create and make the ocean my play and work and for that I am the most grateful. But now I will face the ocean’s ultimate test.
It’s been a calling, and will soon be the final chapter of my book and that is the Molokai to Oahu, the M2O channel crossing this year, Sunday July 27, 2014. The start is at the Northeast shore of the island of Molokai crossing 32 miles of the Ka’ iwi Channel finishing at Hawaii Kai on Oahu.
Myself along with my relay partner and dear friend, Stephen Ross we will give it our best. On board, our friend, mentor, coach and channel champion, Jeremy Riggs, Cathy Gillis wife to Stephen, my boyfriend Tommy and Simone Reddingius, affectionately known as Monie Pie; who will capture our adventure.
The feeling I have is hard to describe as we approach but our desire is to finish with a smile and for our support team on board to have an amazing experience with us; one they will not forget.
The training has been intense and the organizing of a million and one logistics are all a part of the fun. Then there is the unknown of what the ocean will decide to do that day; that alone has been something to process in my mind. The more I think about it’s hard to put my head around, but if I observe in my mind at 10,000 feet I’m able to better grasp the reality.
We are accepting of the challenges that wait no matter what. Our personal commitment to ourselves, our team and finally to the ocean will be and open book with the anticipation of a wonderful story and photos to share.
Being married to ocean is a good thing you see but this union will be tested. It is a committed relationship that one cannot undo or take away. Divorce is never an option!
Here is a recent two minute action video that fully expresses all the above.TURN IT UP!! Enjoy and thank you for your continued friendship and support. Stay tuned next month to learn how the crossing it went.
I’d like to mention my mentors and friends that inspire me: Karen Wrenn, Bill Boyum, Loch Eggers, Bill Hofmann, Randy Royse, Ralf Sifford, Kathy Shipman, Dave Kalama, Kody and Buzzy Kerbox, Jenny Kalmbach, Andrea Moeller, Peggy King, Livio Menelau, Bart de Zwart, Annabel Anderson, Gregg Leion, Kai Lenny, Connor Baxter, Chuck Patterson, Manca Notar, Michi Schweiger, Johnny Kessel, and many more.
To learn more about the M2O, watch this cool video: “We Arrive” Molokai 2 Oahu Paddleboard World Championships
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People assume because I’m a trainer and athlete that I wake up everyday ready to charge and give it my all. Well, guess what? I’m human too, and believe me there are days that I’m not quite myself and honestly I get blue now and then, especially if I don’t see the beautiful sunshine everyday that we are so lucky to have here on Maui. That was one of the reasons why I moved here.
Everyone has good days and bad days and some days that go sideways. We aren’t always in control of outside circumstances. However we are in control of how we react to a situation, a person’s comments, or the car breaking down, or if you just feel kind of funky.
Whether you feel lethargic, maybe a little down or depressed, unmotivated, please know you are not alone and we all like to feel good. Sometimes taking a small simple steps to feeling like yourself again is easier than you know.
I shared this photo on my Suzie Trains Maui Facebook page;
giving permission to my friends and followers to have a little funk moment or two. The important thing however is not be stuck there for too long.
Quick Tips To Unfunk: I suggest to get your body moving. You can stand up from your chair right now and do 10 squats, or go for a quick walk, do five (5) regular or knee bent pushups. Or if you’re lucky enough to live near the water, hop on your surf board and paddle nice and easy. Don’t go hard, just go nice and easy. Don’t worry about your outfit or how you look, just go.
Now, doesn’t that feel better. Are you smiling yet? Do you feel better in your mind? Well, if yes, then congratulate yourself for unfunking yourself. You’ve just supplied your heart and your brain with happy new blood and oxygen lifting your funk right out of the room.
Did you know:
“Improved self-esteem is a key psychological benefit of regular physical activity. When you exercise, your body releases chemicals called endorphins. These endorphins interact with the receptors in your brain that reduce your perception of pain.” To read more about how exercise can boost your feel good hormones click here: http://www.webmd.com/depression/guide/exercise-depression
Thank you for stopping by and I hope my quick and simple tips will help you keep smiling and feeling fabulous!
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Aloha and Mahalo,
Suzie Cooney, CPT
Owner of Suzie Trains Maui, LLC
IMUA (ee mooh ah) is the Hawaiian word I use to motivate and inspire my clients. It means to move forward with strength. It has helped me many times when I’ve faced either mental or physical challenges. I hope it helps you too. When you say it, say it loud with personal meaning. You too can be a warrior.
In my line of work, I meet so many people who leave a lasting positive impression on my life. But when I learn that I’ve done the same for them, it makes what I do even that much more meaningful!
At the risk of tooting my own horn, I’d love to share this blog post with you from two of my very spirited clients, Ed and Judy from Bend, OR (you might remember them from an earlier article: Eddie’s SUP Fitness Journey Part One: Goal Olukai Ho’olaule’a SUP Race Maui 2013).
Original article published by Elder SUP on elder-sup.com
“Sometimes fate seems to send a subtle message in ordinary observations. This time it came from a name and the resulting initials – Suzie Cooney, SC. Ed and I are in week 8 of our “Eddie Will Go on the Olukai Ho’olaule’a” race – comeback from extensive shoulder surgery. Week 8 is the best one yet. We are actually in Maui and are SUP surfing and doing sweet down-winders every day on our Naish 14? Glide GX. Last night we had dinner with our trainer-from-a-distance, Suzie Cooney, CPT of Suzie Trains Maui.
There’s nothing like a face-to-face conversation over ono burgers at the Fish Market Restaurant in Paia, especially after all the support we’ve gained from Suzie over the past months. How did two 63 year olds from Oregon come to be trained by Suzie Cooney on Maui? That’s quite a story.
We were casually playing at down-wind riding while on vacation in Maui in May 2011. Hearing that the Olukai Ho’olaule’a offered a “fun race” of just 4 miles we grabbed our rental surfboards and registered. The day of the race we were all butterflies and doubt. Ed was having shoulder surgery 4 days later and we were second-guessing everything. Then the announcer gathered us all for a pre-race warm-up, and we met Suzie.
With a warm smile and ultimate encouragement she talked and moved the nervous group through breathing, stretching and a warm-up. Surprisingly, by the time we were done the group had a relaxed and solidified feel. Then we were off for one of the most exhilarating fun-runs ever. We decided that when Ed was able to train after his surgery, just seven weeks ago, we would start training with Suzie. We set a goal to do the 8-mile run from Maliko Gulch to Kanaha. Suzie’s regimine has been just what Ed needed.
Meeting up with Suzie last night confirmed it, she has the absolute best initials for her spirit and talent:
1. SC – Sincere compassion: Ed is coming back from an injury and Suzie’s compassion for the struggle is obvious. It takes quite a bit of digging to gain the information that might attribute to that. Suzie is no stranger to injury, rehab, set-backs and the value of dedication and solid training. She has walked the talk, and then some.
2. SC – Social commitment: Much like Olukai, the sponsor of the Ho’olaule’a, Suzie has always had a strong commitment to her community and sharing her expertise and talent. We love that and it sets the same tone that we go for at Elder SUP
3. SC – Strategic communication: Suzie is about the busiest person I know. There is no place for the luxury of time wasted. When we use SKYPE or e-mail to gain insights and training strategies Suzie is always ready to communicate, but to the point and with Continue reading Eddie from Oregon SUP Training Continues To Stroke & Stoke on Maui
Suzie Cooney, CPT
UPDATE: Nov 2, 2012: Thank you everyone for helping me reach my goal of 3100 squats with 20lbs. I am continuing on with new found strength and am wondering why I took so long to do this. See, even trainers need a little help now and than. My legs are super strong AND my butt and legs got more toned!
I am writing this blog entry today, October 9th, 2012 with 900 squats completed in my own training log. Today was proof, with a high surf advisory here on the N. shore of Maui, my legs held me up and helped me stick 2 head high waves at Kanaha. It was closing out all the way across and at first, I simply could not get out, then finally a small lull. I felt confident and strong. YES!
Why in the world you may ask am I challenging myself to perform 100 squats a day with 10lb (20 total) dumbbells? Did you know that this is my LEAST favorite exercise to do? I absolutely with my heart and soul detest doing squats. You’d never bet that would you?
Well guess what, I need to be motivated and challenged too. As a trainer I tell my clients that if you make a commitment and goal to yourself, then tell someone publicly; your trainer, spouse, friend or whatever, you will more likely make that goal. Write it down, post it, let the world know. You don’t want to let them down do you?
Have you heard of the 21day rule? If you do something for 21 days in a row it becomes habit. I will admit I think things are not only taking shape but it’s shaping my thought and my brain.
So, the main reason for me sharing this on Facebook the month of October 2012, is that I need your help. You see, after busting my legs in April of 2009 (Maui Weekly Story) that 3 month wheelchair stint did a number on me. I mean, my legs turned to mush in two weeks. My lower half atrophied in ways I’ve never ever experienced and even with all the training they are not quite the same legs they used to be and yes, I do run like a girl!-
That freak accident changed my life in so many amazing ways and here I am professing and confessing to you my weakest link! Three years later I’m still trying. My left ankle is bigger than the left but you won’t notice at first, my strength is ( to me ) about 75% and I really want to be extra strong for surfing, stand up paddling, and long distance crossings.
I still have to wear a compression stalking on the left leg once in a while and it still swells up once in a while. It feels great and maybe I’ll start a new trend!
Now I am accountable to you. I don’t want to let you down and simply by posting this blog, I have assigned accountability. That is one of the many reasons people hire me is to hold them accountable and help them reach their goals. I get it. But did you know that even trainers come to me to get motivated, get a jump start and ask me to hold them accountable? It is true.
I know that some of you are doing it with me and I really appreciate that. It helps more than you can know. I will occasionally jump in here or on FB to keep you updated and please feel free to do the same.
I want to thank straight away Tracy Lynn Penny and son from Sunset Beach, Hawaii , sales person for freesurfmagazine. Way to go Tracy! Also to Jennifer Gladwin, Jacqueline Tan-Barclay, Amie Engerbreston, Jenny Ryan, Suzi Tucker, Joel Edwards, Brian Coppedge, John Smalley, Carlita T., Marty Melum, Salma Ansari, Elder SUP, Brianna Castillo, Mary Lynn Hershey, Nick De Meyer, Kimberly Sutton, Casey Gotcher, Blen Hinton, Jeffrey Zerkle, and many more.
Continue reading My Own Personal Fitness Challenge:100 Squats Everyday for October 2012
Weight Loss Success Story: Dano Sayles of Maui Hawaii Lean, Strong and Healthy
I’d like to introduce you to my client and friend, Dano Sayles of Maui, Hawaii. Dano, husband, and father, is a successful realtor and business entrepreneur who has recently accomplished a tremendous, goal.
Dano shed 40 pounds in two months. His body fat dropped from 33% to 26% and lost an impressive 7 inches from his waistline! ( SEE PHOTOS BELOW ) He is 54 and is living proof that anyone can do it, you just need the support and tools.
We all know the challenge of losing weight and keeping it off can be frustrating and defeating. But when you have a plan and surround yourself with a team to support and guide you reaching your goals is awesome!
The world looks different. Your clothes fit different, you move differently with a profound inner and outer strength, and the world sees you differently. People want what you have and that is pure and simple, health and vitality.
Dano transformed his life and has kindly allowed me to share his story on how he did it. There is no secret formula, no magic pill or wave of a wand. So, how did he do it? Well, he was first motivated by a contest called the 6 pack challenge. People from all over the country would post their weight loss goals and history on FaceBook and by a certain date, there would be a winner with the most weight lost. Dano is competitive.
He discovered the popular movie, Fat Sick & Nearly Dead, a Joe Cross Film. This film is real, raw and really incredible and shows the emotional connection to food, unhealthy habits and the debilitating physical results a poor diet.
Inspired by the movie and the amazing results the people in the film were having, Dano came to me fully ready to commit. It was time to shed the weight for good and start a new, healthy and energized life. Little did he know just how much it would change his life in every way. We had some very big goals ahead of us.
I had been coaching and training with Dano in the past and often travel or the demands of his business would pull him off course. We’d reach some decent goals and then we’d have to start over also sometimes due to injuries.
Like the movie illustrated, I mentioned to him that I had tried juicing myself and knew of well known chef on Maui named Craig King. He offered a service of preparing daily fresh juices as a way to cleanse and jump start many people who needed help in cleaning out the body and starting anew. I also knew they would get along very well and have a supportive relationship, which is critical during this transition from food to no food.
Continue reading Weight Loss Success Story: Dano Sayles of Maui Hawaii Lean Strong and Healthy
Aloha, just a reminder that you can find me on the air every Tuesday on KNUI 900 AM @ 7:30 for my weekly Health & Fitness segment on Maui’s number one talk radio show, The Maui Breakfast Club. We are in our third year with Tom Blackburn Rodiguez and Kellie Pali.
Tune in live on the web here: http://knui900.listen2myradio.com/
Topics for Apri 2012 Tuesdays KNUI 900 AM @ 7:30 ( These shows will be recorded an available after air date so be sure to check back if you miss them ) Here are samples of past shows. Click here
4/3/2012: – All about my Women’s Luxury Stand Up Paddle Fitness Experience at Lumeria Maui PRESS RELEASE
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4/10/2012: Open Ocean Physical Stamina – Specifically how to be safe on Maui’s epic N. shore or on any big body of open ocean. We’ll talk about how to be well prepared both physically and mentally. This will be extra helpful for new downwind paddlers, one man canoe paddlers and prone paddlers. I’ll share some tips on fitness training and water safety. Maliko safety. Read more here
4/17/2012: Pink Slime – What is it, how to avoid it and what is going on with this awful low quality “meat” filler that is making us fat, sick and …grossed out. That’s another show! Check out what Wikipedia says about pink slime.. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pink_slime
4/24/2012: How You Can Be a Healthy Inspiration & Coach to Friends, Family and Coworkers - Living a healthy lifestyle comes easy to some of us, but not everyone is naturally motivated or knows how to get started. Learn how to be an example of health and fitness to everyone you know. Tips on how to “share” and not preach so your influence is long and life lasting.
Here is the link to other past shows: http://www.suzietrainsmaui.com/blog/category/radio-show/
We appreciate you tuning in!
Warm aloha and see you on the water,
Suzie Cooney, CPT owner of Suzie Trains Maui, LLC