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Winning for TeamEric: The Race Within the Race Within the Race

Where to start? Those were my first words when I began this blog last year, and so much has transpired that I am again confounded with how to properly convey my experience and emotions on race day. But it seems appropriate to frame my experience with the 2019 National Senior Games presented by Humana (and the months leading up to it) as the race within the race within the race.   The first race wa...
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Moon Walker Meets Acoma Race Walker

Last week I fly-walked out to Albuquerque to participate in a press conference hosted by Mayor Tim Keller to announce that the 2019 National Senior Games had smashed the previous all-time record for athletes. 13,712 is a crazy number, a full 30% above 2017 and 14% over our previous high. For once, everyone around me was also walking on the Moon! Some truly memorable things happened while I was the...
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Holy Power Walk, Batman!

Well, I’ve navigated my two tune-up races before the National Senior Games in June and have once again proven I can’t do anything normally.  Something weird usually happens wherever I go. While I confess a lot of times the weirdness is instigated by me, serendipity often visits with a smile. To the point, in my first competition at the Polk County Senior Games two weeks ago, the news was not that ...
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Power Walk 101

I’ve cruised this far with my blog without actually offering readers background on what power walk is, and just as importantly, what it is not. The confusion is understandable because there have been no formal rules or guidance on having power walk competitions. Several NSGA state qualifying games have held fast walk or power walk events, and for most people the term has been loosely applied to wa...
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Deeper Dedication – Hand Me Down My Walking Shoes

We interrupt our regularly scheduled blog subject for the following Special Report: This blog entry is a bit more serious, but that won’t keep me from having some fun. When I got past cancer in 2005, I came up with my own humorous expression about how to live in the light: “Life is too serious to be taken too seriously.” Paradoxically, that’s no joke. I didn’t need any more motivation to follow th...
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Great News – And a Reality Check

Hello, friends. I wanted to blog at least once per month, but the holidays always mess with people’s regular schedules and plans, and I was not immune to the season. I’m sure you couldn’t live without me. (OK, maybe it’s just me that can’t live without me!) The Great News part is that I have already achieved one goal. Since January of 2016 my blood work has shown I was prediabetic, and my Doc made...
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“Hey, Eight Eyes!!”

It’s time to do some ‘splaining about why I let myself become overweight and sedentary. In a way, I didn’t have the vision to avoid it. The reason I never got into sports is a medical one; the reason why I never got into regular exercise is environmental and experiential. This blog takes a bit to explain why. When I was a toddler, I rode my little metal “car” into a fire hydrant at the curb in fro...
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Setback (Literally)

TWEAK! Uh Oh… I knew the road might not be straight in this endeavor. Out of the blue, without any clear cause, a sharp back pain manifested in the middle of my spine. I could sit and stand without much discomfort, but when laying down the spasms would come with one wrong move. Tweak! Then, getting up after a sleep brought sharper spasms and stiffness. Tweak! TWEAK! Ugh. The irony of having to sle...
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Racing Thoughts

There’s a long road ahead, but the 1500-meter Power Walk event at the Washington State Senior Games in July represented a major milestone for me as the first athletic competition I’ve been in since my early teens. That first gold medal will always be my favorite. In fact, I might even have it bronzed! (Old joke.) In the week leading up to the event, my mind was racing already wondering how my non-...
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Where to Start?

By: Del Moon Where to start? I should have started blogging when I joined the National Senior Games staff in 2013 as communications and media director. But some baggage came with me that had to be sorted out, and more details will be shared in future entries. But it’s now comfortable to share personal thoughts about helping to raise awareness about the Senior Games Movement…and how my own life rel...
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15 July 2019
Athlete of the Month
Bob Shannon, 66,  Alameda, CA and  Jeff Johanson, 65,  Arnold, CA It’s not that unusual for senior athletes to know others from their youthf...
25 June 2019
News and Events
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Track & Field elite Kathy Bergen leads the way with eight high marks ALBUQUERQUE, NM, June 25, 2019 - As the 2019 National Senior Games ...
10 June 2019
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  June 10, 2019  Event will showcase #RealSeniorMoments of healthy, active aging ALBUQUERQUE, NM - New Mexico has 13,71...
15 May 2019
Athlete of the Month
Kory Kelly, 51, Ogden, Utah Athletes go through struggles on and off the field, but few have faced adversity at a level similar to what Kory...