These blogs are my personal, idiosyncratic observations about aging, training, and sports competition.
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A Skimpy 2018 - November 26, 2018
Delightful Mud - January 31, 2017
A Look Ahead at 2016 - January 13, 2016
Paddling in Torino -- World Masters Games 2013
Winning - May 11, 2012
Can Too Much Exercise Be Bad for Your Heart - March 11, 2011
The 60 Minute Crawl - January 30, 2011
Playing Tennis Again - October 6, 2010
Why Compete? (2) - June 15, 2010
LOST - May 24, 2010
Happy Birthday to Me - May 18, 2010
Why Compete?(1) - April 30, 2010
Val Barnwell - April 14, 2010
Spring Training Day - April 4, 2010
Becoming Bionic - March 24, 2010
The Divided Kingdom - February 4, 2010
November 26, 2018
I enjoy competing, but 2018 was a "down year" in terms of Masters Sports competitions. Other activities, specifically my volunteer work with Habitat for Humanity, travel, and family obligations crimped my competitive ardor. Nevertheless, I did compete in the 2018 National Canoe and Kayak Marathon Championship in Syracuse, NY. The venue was the northwestern end of Onondaga Lake. The 2-loop 6+-mile course was challenging (for me at least). I had been paddling regularly through most of May, June, and July, including a couple of local races, I just didn't perform at a high level. In the Kayak Touring class I placed 3rd (out of three), 20 minutes behind the winner, Ralph Scofield and more than 2 minutes behind Frank Cabron. In addition, I pulled something in my shoulder which kept me out of the Kayak Unlimited class the next day. While this was discouraging it did give me a goal for 2019. I am hoping to get more involved orienteering and triathlons next year. I'll only be 78!