Ice Skating –
Many years ago, I was consumed with the sport of ice skating. I competed in Pairs for many years, being on the National Team 4 times. After competing in pairs, singles and dance, I turned my talents to becoming a Judge. I enjoyed judging and rose up in the ranking to the Gold level. I retired from judging after 10 years because of the rampant politics that rule the sport to this day.
Note: I truly think that Michele Kwan may be the best overall female U. S. skater EVER….
Long Beach, Ca.
Road Racing –
I switched from skating to running as a way to keep active. I have always been “driven” to be better, faster, and soon found myself competing at 5K, 10K, half and then full marathons. My greatest achievements were in the full marathons. I ran my first marathon in San Francisco. It was a disaster. Lots of physical problems during the race. I HAD to run another one just to prove to myself that I could do a decent job. One year later I entered my second marathon. The second one was faster. Everything about the race was wonderful.
It was truly a triumph.
Sadly, I have retired from running. I have developed a hip injury that makes it too painful to run.
Tennis was always a sport I enjoyed: fresh air, an activity to share with friends. I discovered that because of the variety of movements, my hip injury from running was not a factor. I had only to contend with the weather.
My favorite former players to watch: Big Boris, Andre Agassi, Jim Courier and Thomas Muster.
My favorite current players to watch: Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, and Juan Martin del Potro.
I enjoy being fit. I have been going to a local gym wherever I have lived in the past 20 years. I have done mostly treadmill and some muscle machines.
A few years ago I started going to a “Boot Camp” class offered at my nearby gym. I go three times a week and really enjoy the hour of aerobics with hand weights.
Last year I started working with a fitness trainer Mr. Ted Guice, twice a week. We work on the major muscle groups focusing on the upper body. I have seen some great results from this training. I am one of the most fit men of my age group at our gym.