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Currently seeing through the eyes of Paralympic Medalist Lex Gillette
Currently seeing through the eyes of Paralympic Medalist Lex Gillette

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It was very windy today, so I decided to go outside and fly a kite. This is the image that loomed in my mind as I flew it. I imagined a colorful kite skying high above the trees and the green grass below. The kite’s streamers moved vigorously as the wind swirled around. I imagined a bright sky with a glimpse of mountains off in the distance. That is the picture that I saw in my head. What did it look like #throughglass.

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I’m training for #Rio2016 Monday through Friday, but on the weekends, I love to spend my time doing other things, like riding bikes. Today, a few of my friends and I decided to rent bicycles and ride around on Coronado Island. My weight room trainer, Jimmy, and I rented a tandem bicycle. He rode in the front and steered while I occupied the back seat and pedaled. During our ride, we were challenged to a race by Kyle, an intern at the Olympic Training Center, and Markeith, one of my Paralympic team mates. This is what a portion of our race looked like #throughglass. Jimmy and I didn’t get the win, but we did manage to pass up Kyle. Markeith won our race. I’m sure there will be a rematch so we’ll be back to capture the “Fastest Biker” title.

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I’m flying! Well, I’m actually jumping. This is a short-approach jump. I ran six strides and jumped into the sand. My coach measured this and it was approximately 17 ft-5 in. It’s nice to finally be playing in the sand again! #throughglass

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Here’s another rhythm run! Just like before, I am running 16 strides down the long jump runway. Can you see that I ran a little off course on this one? Staying straight while running full speed is difficult, but it’s very important in getting a really long jump. I will continue to work on this in training because having a great run plays a big part in whether or not I will make it to the top of the podium, and my goal is to win gold in #Rio2016! #throughglass

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Rhythm runs! This is what my coach calls our approaches down the long jump runway. I ran for 16 strides. The first six strides are strong and powerful, the next four strides are transitioning to run upright and tall, and the last six strides are to move quickly toward the takeoff board. My coach, Jeremy Fischer, and guide, Wesley Williams, said that this approach was pretty straight down the runway. What do you think? I have to stay straight to have the best chance of winning #Rio2016!
win #Rio2016! #throughglass

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Another memory in the books! I’m running a short route toward my friend Justin Posey, a BMX athlete. Another good friend of mine, Jerome Avery, guide runner for U.S. Paralympics, is throwing me the beeping Nerf football. I counted my steps, similar to what I do in long jump, and once I reached nine strides, I turned and listened for the ball. After a few attempts, I was able to secure the touchdown! Maybe the Carolina Panthers will have a slot on next year’s team waiting just for me! #throughglass #football

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#throughglass Just another day on the golf course.

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this is how I determine currency of money. Check it out! #throughglass

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#throughglass #throughglass I am throwing a medicine ball that weighs about 12 pounds. This exercise is designed to work on being explosive.

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