Welcome to 40plussports. This site is designed to encourage, inform, and entertain those over 40 who are contemplating arising from their couches and competing; or those who are already deeply committed to sports competition; or those who are somewhere in between -- the sometime weekend warriors.
News from the world of Masters Athletes:
1) An organization specifically for tennis players over the age of 35, The National Senior Men's Tennis Association, is currently soliciting members. You can find their website at www.nsmta.net
2) Masters speed skating events have, up to now, been confined to long-track competitions. But on March 23 in Saratoga Springs, New York the SHORT-TRACK Age Group Nationals were held. Thirty-eight speed skaters competed in the Over-40 classes. I'll post the results on the Speedskating page.
3) Two noteworthy items from the world of rowing. First, the World Rowing Masters Regatta (Sept 27-30 in Sarasota, FL) will introduce three new age-group categories: 83-85, 86-88, and 89+. Other Masters sports take note.
Second, kudos to Dorothy Stewart who set a new indoor rowing world record time of 14:55 for 2000 meters. Dorothy is 95. Congratulations.
I've added my account of my trip to the 2017 World Masters Games in Auckland, New Zealand in the "Aging Athlete" section of the website.
I began my 2017 competitions with three gold medals in kayaking (marathon, 500m sprint, and 200m sprint) and a bronze medal in tennis singles at the World Masters Games in New Zealand. After that gaudy beginning I participated in my local competitions in kayaking, tennis, and orienteering. I am gearing up for 2018 competitions and I hope some of you will join me.
I've continued to read and here are a few recommendations, if you are inclined to read about sports as well as participate:
1. Run Strong Stay Hungy
by Jonathan Beverly, an account of 9 principles for "Lifetime Runners" supported by stories from many of these runners.
2. Triumphs of Experience
by George Vaillant -- A summary of the Grant Study of 200 Harvard Men begun in 1938. Although not a study of sports competition, it includes many insights about aging.
3. Fast After 50
by Joe Friel offering ideas for endurance athletes who wish to keep racing.
4. Several articles in the annual issues of "XC World Digest", the newsletter of American Cross Country Skiers. These newsletters regularly provide useful essays on endurance sports, obviously focused on cross country skiing.
In the meantime, please let me know if you have any questions, stories, or complaints.
WHAT'S ON THE SITE
For those of you who are new to the site, here is an overview of the six sections
1) The Aging Athlete
-- My reflections on growing older as I compete in various sports.
2) Data Analysis
-- A page devoted to an examination of the data contained on the sports pages of this site. You'll find an Introduction to the Data
. At the bottom of the page you can access an article on Female Competitors in 2009 National Championships
and an article on Competitors over 70 in 2009 National Championships
-- A summary of articles and research on aging and sport performance that I have found provocative and informative.
-- A page for each of 27 sports which present a schedule for upcoming national championships, a list of the national champions in each sport, a list of the number of "competitors" in each event, and a summary table. Note: These tables are ONLY for competitors in the over-40 age group classes.
5) Buy the Book
-- A blatant commercial appeal to purchase the book on which this website is based.
6) Links and Resources
-- Interesting and relevant websites, books, DVDs, and other media.
I welcome your comments, suggestions, and questions. You can e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org