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Its been awhile since my last post and this one is not related to art, travel or photography. Since turning 60 I’ve been thinking about and confronting the physical limitations of the aging process. Ever since I was in the Army back in the mid 70’s I have enjoyed running, sports and some type of daily exercise.
When I got to Basic Training I was 25 pounds overweight and didn’t exercise regularly. My drill sergeant must have seen something in me because he pushed me to my limit everyday. Especially when it came to physical training and running. I can remember like it was yesterday, him ranting at our platoon about getting a “Can Do” attitude. That saying has a stuck with me all my life. I left basic training 30 pounds lighter and one of the fastest runners in my platoon. Thanks to my drill sergeant.
Over the years I’ve learned you can overcome a great many challenges both physical and mental if you maintain a “Can Do” attitude. Up until my 50’s I was blessed with great health and enjoyed playing competitive racquetball and running in 5 and 10k races. As 60 closed in on me, I started gaining weight and slowing down. I injured my left thigh and tore my right Rotator Cuff and had to have surgery. Needless to say I gave up racquetball for 3 years.
Eight months ago I returned from a trip to Central America. I was 25 pounds overweight due to lack of exercise and eating a daily diet of tortillas, beans, cheese and eggs. Needless to say, I was not happy with myself. I knew I had to do something drastic to get back into shape. My normal routine at the local Sports Center was not going to push me hard enough to shed the excess weight so I joined Morehead Crossfit at the advice of a friend.
The first few days of foundations training I thought that there was no way I’d be able to do the intense exercise. The owner Timothy Palacios worked with me, pushed me and helped me believe that I could “do it”. That’s when the “Can Do” attitude kicked in and now 8 months later and 22 pounds lighter at 61 I can (with some modifications in training) keep up with the rest of the Cross Trainers in our box.
As I was running last night in preparation for an upcoming half marathon, I got to thinking about age and how it’s just a number. Its so easy to give up, turn on the TV and let aging process take over. My advice to everyone over 50 reading this is to get outside and walk, jog, join a gym, swim, bike and if you are crazy like me find a Crossfit gym. They will work with you at any age.
Two weeks ago I ran an 11k Volcano Challenge in El Salvador. This was a race up, around and down the highest volcano in El Salvador. It nearly broke me physically, but I kept that “Can DO” attitude and didn’t quit. I could have never competed in this race if it wasn’t for the training I received at MCCrossfit.
So yes…age is just a number and if you get in an exercise program and stick with it you can accomplish anything you put your mind too. I’m not as fast as I used to be and I still have some minor injuries that slow me down, but with that said….quitting is not an option.