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Fit, Fantastic, Clean, Sober and, Above All, Happy (and Fully Caffeinated, Baby)

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My wife and I went to see our daughter perform in halftime show with her university’s marching band over the weekend. It was an awesome, close game and the halftime performance was fantastic. And seeing my kid was special. They do a postgame performance and photo for posterity and my wife and I stayed till the very end, taking a couple of photos from our seats on the 45 yard-line, about six rows up… but I couldn’t tell what the formation was meant to be. My wife and I had the same thought at the same time; let’s improve the vantage point. We ran up the concrete steps to get a better perch. Three-quarters of the way up we were both turned to snap a photo.

Still not good enough.

My wife saw exactly where I was going and handed her phone to me and said, “you go right ahead”. I ran up the last quarter and snapped the photo about eight seconds before they broke formation.

Now, we’re not talking “walked the steps fast”, “sauntered”, “trotted”… I ran those suckers. So, I’m thinking, afterward, how many 50-year-old men can run up 100 stadium steps to get a photo without having to take an oxygen time out in the back of an ambulance? Surely, I jest… but I will say it isn’t many and I was quite stoked I didn’t fall over in a heap.

We had an odd weekend for cycling last weekend. The day of the game, well before we left, my wife and I went for a sweet 41-mile ride at a 19-mph pace with several of our friends. I felt I could have ridden another 60 at that pace, easily. We had a 40-mile dirt road ride planned for Sunday but rain had us, wisely, sitting that one out. My weekday riding buddy, Chuck and I went out for an easy 20-some-miler for his “New Bike Day”, having just brought home his 2021 Specialized Tarmac SL7 the night before.

That left us in a quandry for what to do yesterday evening… we opted to save the legs for tonight and ride easy. We just lolled around the neighborhood along our normal route, kicking the tires on a few things that needed discussing. I rolled into the driveway with a 16.5-mph average over 22 miles and had barely broken a sweat. I noticed, as I was preparing dinner, how loose and good I felt.

While I do have my struggles related to fitness (I’m hard pressed finding the “want to” to get to a gym, and I love to eat good food), and recovery isn’t always a walk in the park, in the overall scheme of things, I’m feeling pretty fantastic about being me.

And I think that’s as it should be, really. I’m not “all that and a bag of chips”, but I’m content with who I’ve become. I’ll take that.


13 Comments

  1. Sheree says:

    Content is pretty good. My hubby could’ve raced you up those steps and he’s a wee bit older.

  2. Dave Talsma says:

    Odd, just last night I was ready of a recall with the new SL7 bikes?

  3. Hi Jim, just dropped in to see how you’re getting on. Great to see you not letting up at all! Stairs running is a great exercise! Keep it up and stay strong! 👊🏼

  4. Yeah but … What was the formation? 😄

  5. Dan says:

    What instrument does she play, Jim?

    • bgddyjim says:

      She’s a trumpet player, Dan. She said one week with the marching band and she was playing better than she ever had in high school.

      • Dan says:

        You can give her this joke: How 2 lead trumpet players greet each other? “Hi. I’m better than you!!” I’ve been playing in bands for 50 years

      • bgddyjim says:

        Heh, passing it along now. I played in high school and I miss it terribly (but not enough to get lessons and pick it up again!).

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