These blogs are my personal, idiosyncratic observations about aging, training, and sports competition.
To access previous blogs, click "Read Other Blogs" at the bottom of this page.
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
January 13, 2016
I am looking ahead to 2016, sorting out my priorities for training and competition. Please keep in mind that I am more interested in competing as a "jack of all sports", than a master of one. So, at the top of my list of events for this yeara are the 2016 Canoe and Kayak Nationals in Northfield, MA (August 11-14) and the 2016 North American Orienteering Championships in Hanover, NH (September 23-25). In addition, I hope to compete in the USMS 1-Hour Postal Swim this January, the Crash-B Sprints at the end of February, a couple of triathlons, some orienteering meets, and as many marathon kayak races as I can fit in. The admittedly ambitious (crazy?) plan is fueled, at least in part, by my sliding into my 75th year, making me a the youngest I'll ever be in the 75-79 age group. My training plan is still evolving, but I've got some swimming to do before the month is out.
For those of you who are also looking forward to competing in 2016, I wish you good health and exuberant resolve.
Additional Note: The January 18th edition of The New Yorker has a wonderful article by Tad Friend on the joys and tribulations of squash and aging. Highly recommended.