I've noticed that with moving up an age category, the fast ones are already there ;)
You are sneaky. Happy birthday!
Sounds like it was a good one. Many happy returns!
P.S. Agreed. I've noticed there aren't many women my age who really suck at a sport they compete in. By the time they're 40, most people have figured out what they enjoy and are good at, and only a few brave souls (like all of us) are still trying brand new stuff even if we have to start low on the learning curve. As a result, the older age groups tend to be really competitive!
First off, Happy Belated Birthday to an absolutely wonderful human being :) You have been a very good friend the past few years. It's been a joy racing, training, and spending time with you!
Secondly, I absolutely agree with Bash. For all the reasons she pointed out, the 40+ category is the most competitive one I've ever been in. I've been blessed that I've had the opportunity to compete in several new sports since I've turned 40 (mmmm, 6 years ago.....), like Cyclocross, gravel road racing, and of course longer AR's. I have no plans of slowing down (when not injured, lol).
Here's to many more years of birthdays, friendships, and kicking ass!
Thanks for the good wishes.
I'll just say that the 80+ year old CX class will be a hard one to podium in.
And when one of you as a 75 year old woman cracks the Barkley Marathons code, I hope I am there crewing for you :)
I hope so too! :) In case you haven't seen this, Ida Keeling, who recently turned 100, just set a first-time world age group record for the 100 m distance. This is an inspiring 1-minute video about her background story.