These blogs are my personal, idiosyncratic observations about aging, training, and sports competition.
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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
April 14, 2010
Colorado Spring, CO (March 3, 2010)The USDA announced today that Val Barnwell, a Masters track and field athlete, has received a sanction for testing positive for a banned substance at the 2009 Masters World Championships in Lahti, Finalnd.
When I read about Val Barnwell's 2-year suspension for using testosterone prohormones at the Masters World Athletics Championships, I felt the same emotions expressed by Randell Stugeon, the Publisher/Managing Editor of "National Masters News": sadness, anger, and disappointment.
It is a measure of my naivete that I was also mystified. As a long-time competitor in Masters Sports, I couldn't figure out what Mr. Barnwell would gain by using banned substances. A victory in the M50 200 meters at the World Championships? But at what cost? The loss of major product endorsements? No more lavish appearance money? Less television exposure?
Wait a minute.
This isn't the Olympics, the NBA, or even Arena Football. We talking about Masters Sports, a pursuit that barely raises a blip on the public's sports radar screen.
The real cost? Well, Mr. Barnwell's future in athletics is obviously tainted, if not over. His fellow teammates? His relay team has been asked to return their medals. His competitors? Just as I believe that Mark McGuire and his ilk have diminished baseball by using performance enhancing drugs, I believe that Masters Sports have been diminished by Barnwell's error in judgment.