With more than 18,000 islands, Indonesia is the largest archipelago in the world. Being a group of islands located between the Pacific Ocean and the Indian Ocean, the country has an abundance of surfing spots with varying choices of waves perfect for beginners and those seeking something challenging.
The island of Bali is one of the most popular destinations in the country for surfing, with as many as 100 surf spots located at different beaches around the island. Kuta beach, in particular, has waves ideal for advanced surfers. It also can be beneficial for beginners since Kuta beach does not contain rocks or coral.
The best time to visit Bali and the rest of the islands in the archipelago is during the dry season – usually from June to September – when the southeast trade winds blow and the Southern Ocean’s swell is at its largest.
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Kevin Colvin received his degree in economics at the College of the Holy Cross. He currently serves as the director of the global market sales and trading division of Cantor Fitzgerald, a New York-based financial services firm. Outside of work, Kevin Colvin enjoys traveling to different surfing destinations across the globe, one of which is Indonesia.
The following covers some basic tips for marathon training.
1. Consider your fitness level. Obtain an understanding of your current condition before you begin to create your training plan. A detailed self-assessment includes determining your strengths, weaknesses, types of runs you prefer, and previous personal records, if applicable.
2. Engage in dynamic workouts. Static stretches and warmups do not provide the appropriate pre-workout needed before running, and may even negatively impact your performance. Engage in dynamic workouts to prepare the body for running, activate the nervous system, and increase range of motion.
3. Set simple but flexible goals. Avoid setting too many goals for yourself, particularly hard ones that place too many demands on your mental and physical state. Set healthy expectations, and consider focusing on a single goal, such as finishing the marathon or beating a personal best.
4. Don’t neglect recovery time. Make sure you include recovery time in your training schedule to give your body a rest and prevent overexerting yourself. Pushing your limits can result in lingering fatigue, a drop in performance, and even physical injury.
5. Wear the right gear. Invest in a good pair of running shoes and the right kind of socks before you start training. Consider getting your feet fitted at a pro running store, and avoid wearing old running shoes. You will also need a good pair of socks to avoid blisters. In addition, pay attention to the weather forecast, and dress appropriately.
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A director in the global-market sales and trading division of Cantor Fitzgerald, Kevin Colvin is an active participant in fitness fundraising across New York. Fitness fundraising activities in which Kevin Colvin is involved include marathons and triathlons, which can require considerable physical training due to the demanding distances and exertion.
The New York City Triathlon (NYC Tri) invites athletes to engage in a challenging course that incorporates swimming, biking, and running. Participating athletes begin the triathlon with a swim through the mighty Hudson River, followed by a 40k bicycling trek along the Manhattan’s West Side highway. The final stretch involves a 10k run through Central Park.
Participation as a Team for Kids runner in the NYC Tri helps the foundation raise vital funding for NYRR youth programs, which promote healthy and successful lives by teaching kids goal-setting, perseverance, and teamwork. Benefits of joining Team for Kids include guaranteed entrance into NYC Tri, a signature Team for Kids green racing singlet, and access to a personal fundraising page. Team for Kids participants must commit to a minimum fundraising goal of $2,000.
The 2017 New York Triathlon will take place on July 16, 2017 and begins on Manhattan’s Westside at 99th Street and the Hudson River.
About the Author:
Kevin Colvin serves as a director of global marketing sales and trading for Cantor Fitzgerald in New York, where he provides coverage for multibillion dollar accounts and collaborates with traders. Beyond his responsibilities for the company, Kevin Colvin enjoys participating in local fitness fundraising activities for such as New York Road Runners (NYRR) Team for Kids. Upcoming Team for Kids events include the 2017 New York City Triathlon.
Established in 1982 by the late Robert J. Aaron, the RJA Memorial Mighty Montauk Triathlon consists of a one-mile swim, a 22-mile bike ride, and a 6.2-mile run. The swimming section is held at Lake Montauk, a calm salt-water lake that averages a chilly 55 degrees Fahrenheit. Taking a number of historic roads, the biking section covers some hilly ground and offers a bird’s-eye view of the famous Montauk Lighthouse. The running section is also largely up-and-down but passes some exceptionally beautiful scenic vistas.
The RJA Memorial Mighty Montauk Triathlon is officially sanctioned by USA Triathlon. It benefits a number of local and national civic and charity organizations such as the Montauk Ambulance Squad and the Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research.
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As a director of global market sales and trading in the New York City headquarters of Cantor Fitzgerald, Kevin Colvin covers several multibillion-dollar accounts with a focus on structured, fixed-income securities. When he isn’t working, Kevin Colvin is an avid marathon runner and triathlete. One of the triathlons that he has completed is the RJA Memorial Mighty Montauk.
In addition to completing other requirements, financial professionals must pass the CFA Program Level II Exam in order to become an official CFA chartholder. The second of three CFA Institute exams, the CFA Program Level II focuses primarily on asset valuation. Individuals taking the exam must apply the tools and concepts that they mastered at Level I in order to analyze and value investments. The CFA Institute also expects Level II candidates to have a comprehensive knowledge of capital market theory and industry and company analysis.
The CFA Program Level II Exam consists of 120 multiple-choice questions that cover material from 20 different vignettes (or “mini-cases”). After reading each vignette, which range from one to three pages in length, test takers must answer six questions.
The minimum passing score for the CFA Program Level II Exam varies from year to year. In 2016, test takers had to achieve a minimum score of 46 percent to pass.
About the Author:
Kevin Colvin is an experienced New York City financial services professional who currently serves as a director in the global market sales and trading division of Cantor Fitzgerald. Before assuming this position in 2013, he was a vice president of debt capital markets for Cantor Fitzgerald. In addition to holding Series 7 and Series 63 securities licenses from FINRA, Kevin Colvin is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Level II candidate.