Category Archives: Injuries and Getting Older

My Little Life

You’re probably wondering why I chose the title of this post. No, it’s not a reference to my 88-pound frame, and it doesn’t mean my life is about to end. These words have crept into my thoughts quite often recently, … Continue reading

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Mini-triathlon 2021 during the Tokyo 2020 Olympics

I haven’t run a real race since the Longest Day 5K of June 2019. Yet I still like to challenge myself, and every summer since 2013, I’ve insisted on completing my own mini-triathlon course, starting in downtown Port Moody. I … Continue reading

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Silence, resilience, resurgence

I haven’t written here for months. Silence seemed the only answer when the things I wanted to write about were painful, sensitive, and a betrayal of others’ privacy. I’ve been overwhelmed with the situations faced by people my age or … Continue reading

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The “senior” athlete: finding a new equilibrium

In my last post, I wrote about my “accelerating physical decline,” and how difficult it is to come to terms with that. Also, I raised the question of how my public identity has been tied for so long to my … Continue reading

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My worst Sasamat Lake bike ride ever

For a month or so I was hardly on my bike at all because almost every day was cold and rainy. January has been better. A couple of weeks ago I finally got back to one of my most regular … Continue reading

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Spirit of a Rose

I am close to letting go of this year’s roses. I have three rosebushes. One is deep red, and arrived with a description highlighting its “incredible fragrance.” My second rose variety is called “Grande Dame,” and it produces giant, dark … Continue reading

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The aging athlete: protests and silver linings

I have found that being an athlete over sixty means feeling a mixture of conflicting emotions: gratitude, exhilaration, disgust, sadness, sometimes even despair. I wasn’t sure whether to write this post because in public we are always supposed to be … Continue reading

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Books for comfort: Duane’s Depressed, The Last Picture Show, and Machines Like Me

Note: I wrote this post over a month ago—before the time of coronavirus. Maybe it is even more relevant now. It’s been a long time since I’ve written a blog post about books. Ironic, because in the past three months … Continue reading

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Sixty! Running, struggling, & striving

Completing another decade of my life is sobering! It seems natural to look back on the past ten years and take a reckoning. At fifty I went through a dramatic midlife crisis where too many changes happened at once (but … Continue reading

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The euphoria of evening races: from fleet to faltering

The euphoria of evening races: from the fleet to the faltering Pacific Distance Carnival: June 13, 2019 Last Thursday I celebrated my birthday by going to watch some of the races held at the newly-minted Pacific Distance Carnival at Swanguard … Continue reading

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