How old is too old? 40,50,60,70? I say there is no such thing as “Too Old”. Age is nothing more than a number that indicates how long we have been on this earth and does not indicate how ”old” we should feel or act. I choose to act and feel like I’m younger than I actually am, sometimes it takes some effort but it is worth it.
When I was younger, I had never ridden a 4-wheeler/quad. Instead I waited until I was 38 and finally got on my brother-in-law’s, what a blast! So I went out and bought a brand new Honda 400 and then proceeded to enter my first harescramble race later that year at Rausch Creek. I raced for the next few years, never winning, but always giving it my all and having fun doing it. Unfortunately, the responsible me could never keep the throttle full open when I was trying to squeeze between the trees! Eventually my wallet said “time to find a cheaper hobby” and my wife was not too upset about that either. But racing for 2 hours on a quad was one of the more physically demanding things I had done up to that point in my life and the adrenaline rush of competing was awesome!
Then I moved on to being a crew chief on a Dirt Late Model Race Car Team. That was mentally challenging, required a large time commitment, but again the adrenaline of competing and sometimes winning was great. Also being part of a team was fun and rewarding in its own way. I did that for about 8 years and went out on a high note when we won the Grandview Late Model Track Championship in 2013. That was probably the most rewarding feeling I have ever felt competing at anything. Again, my wife wasn’t too upset about me not doing that anymore, she liked me being home again on Saturday nights.
Then last year I was asked if I wanted to compete in a “Biggest Loser” challenge at work. I was the heaviest I had ever been and needed motivation to lose weight. Being the competitor I am, I immediately said YES I’m In! 16 weeks later, I won the challenge by losing about 17% of my body weight (around 30 lbs). I had changed my diet, started walking on the treadmill and focused on getting healthier.
In January, I had heard about this race called Spartan and had to learn more. I reached out to this group I found on Facebook called Lehigh Valley Spartans! What a great decision that was. Justin Scholl messaged me and the rest is history. He and the rest of the team were so instrumental in preparing me and helping me train. I started running, which I thought I would never do and training with the team. In July I competed in my first Spartan Sprint and it was awesome, I was hooked! In September I completed my first Beast at Killington, VT and then my first Super in November in NJ. I had completed my first Trifecta and felt great. I also qualified for the North American Championships scheduled for VT in August 2018 by finishing 11th in my age group at NJ. 2018 will bring new challenges and new races to compete in. America’s Toughest Mudder and possibly a Ragnar Relay are 2 goals for the upcoming year, along with some Spartan Races including possibly my first Ultra Beast!
So, as you can see, you don’t have to be in your 20’s or 30’s to have fun, try new things, compete and get out and challenge yourself. Whatever your goals are, commit yourself to achieve them. I am healthier, more energetic and feel better about myself than when I was 30.
Oh, and by the way, I turned 50 two weeks after the Palmerton Sprint this year.
You Are Never Too Old!