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Discussion: yep, its a good age group f...

in: Soupbone; Soupbone > 2018-03-09

Mar 11, 2018 1:03 AM # 
matzah ball:
yep, its a good age group for sure:) wtg!
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Mar 11, 2018 1:24 PM # 
chitownclark:
ANY age group is a good one....when you're the youngest person in it! Wait until you turn 70! Competing against 73 and 74 year-olds is a piece of cake.
Mar 11, 2018 4:30 PM # 
bl:
What's the "disappearance age" for ski O? Seeing the 85 & 90+ers at the O-Ringen or masters is always inspiring. The deterioration curve really does steepen, always hope for a piece of cake...
Mar 11, 2018 5:32 PM # 
matzah ball:
so often, in running races, directors lump everybody together, in fairness sometimes based on who shows up, but 50+??? 65 and older??? Races might carve out a niche if they did the reverse and went to single year age groups above (and below , for youth) a certain point.
Mar 13, 2018 3:41 PM # 
Soupbone:
I think if there are less than 5 in an age group they should lump them together. That said who wants to win a medal if there are 4 or less in an age group?
Mar 13, 2018 4:12 PM # 
chitownclark:
I agree. Or just forget about medals and trophies for those over 65. Whatever the sport, the age groups are too small to make any competitive sense. As I've acknowledged for at least ten years, awards at our age are just for showing up; they're attendance awards, nothing more.
Mar 15, 2018 12:37 PM # 
Soupbone:
Attendance is a good thing. A $5 Starbucks card would be a better award than a medal. (-:
Mar 15, 2018 12:44 PM # 
chitownclark:
No kidding. By the time an athlete reaches our age, the last thing he wants is another medal to commemorate his declining physical ability.

When I moved over here to my new apartment, I threw out all my gilded trophies and medals. The only thing I kept was my 3"x3" USOF GOLD Ranking patch from 2003. Which I have pinned on my office wall next to pictures of crossing the Finish Line for the Bix 7, biking with Rich in Iowa, and sitting outside Sari's father's 'smoke sauna' with you and Joe. Those are the real trophies I want to retain.
Mar 16, 2018 3:59 AM # 
Soupbone:
Yep, agreed. Those Gold ranking patches....just knowing that you did it is way more meaningful!
I used to say your only as rich as the size of your woodpile.
Mar 16, 2018 10:15 PM # 
bl:
By mid-March, our woodpile is decidedly smaller. Tonight's kindling is primarily from the 22 y/o boat cover frame cut up last fall. There's wealth in recycling!

Haven't gotten around to discarding medals yet. Have a swimming medal from 1955 and a 880 yard run from 1964 are fun. The "big sorting" looms for all of us if we want a say and if we don't get knocked off unexpectedly.

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