A silver medal at the Indoor Tetradecathlon World Championships in Helsinki, Finland and a silver medal at the WMA World Championships in the decathlon in Porte Alegre, Brazil. Plus over 20 US National Championships in the combined events (Indoor Pentathlon, Indoor Heptathlon, Outdoor Pentathlon, and the Decathlon). All in the 5 year age groupings of masters track and field.
So as you might guess, I spend a large amount of time training, and rehabbing. It's not easy on the body to be a competitive masters athlete, but sitting on the couch is not for me, unless I'm rehabbing an injury.
Over the years, I've accumulated quite a lot of knowledge (along with visits to various doctors and emergency rooms) and information through interactions with my fellow competitors, research, and experience. I'm always looking for a better way to lead an active and healthier life. That includes lots of gadgets.
My profession is as an optometric physician, which has required me to have a solid understanding of anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, etc. So I have more than a casual understanding of the science behind staying healthy. I am analytical by nature, and am not prone to buying into the newest fad on how to train, eat, etc. If there are quality research papers or experiments with good scientific methodology on a topic, then I am willing to try a new approach. Frequently my best sources of information are my fellow competitors. After all, a masters decathlete has to train to be explosive/strong, agile/flexible, and fast with stamina for 10 events. (100 meter sprint, Long Jump, Shot Put, High Jump, and 400 meter run on day 1 then Hurdles, Discus, Pole Vault, Javelin, and 1500 meter run on day 2, and no it's not the swimming, cycling, running thing. that's a triathlon = 3, decathlon = 10. A prior hobby of mine was doing stand up comedy, so I'm not always serious, but I digress.) These events, and more often, the training required to compete in these 10 events, are lots of opportunities for injury. I'm not saying that because I want someone's sympathy, (I do this to myself) I mention it to give a better understanding that I REHAB A LOT!
That is why I decided to start this web site. To recommend products that I actually use to keep myself active and healthy enough to compete. Whether it is before and after a workout, recovery or rehab, pre competition, during competition, post competition, off season, or just day to day living. These products and nutrition information will continue to be updated as I progress through new knowledge that I acquire through my own efforts and research, or through the experimentation lab of masters decathletes trying to stay competitive or get a legal edge. We get to be the lab rats, and let you gain from our experiences without all of our injuries.
Hopefully there will be lots of good information coming from this ongoing experiment of how to fight father time through effort and intelligence. Every effort you make to stay healthier can have great payoffs down the road. I am always inspired by the older athletes I've seen, such as a 95 year old pole vaulter setting the world record, or 100+ year olds still running laps around the track.
That's who I want to be when I grow up.
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