I thought 2015 would be hard to top, but depending on how things go in Perth, 2016 could be comparable.
After the meet, I talked with a lot of my masters colleagues. Starting to feel like a regular, but really just a newcomer still compared to the old guard. Some have been doing this 20 yrs, this was my 6th. It has definitely changed my life and I think, given my friends and family some enjoyment.
My favorite picture was with 'the legends' of masters track: Oscar Peyton, Charles Allie, and Bill Collins. These men are the fastest in the world over 60 right now and hold World Records in my age group and above. Charles Allie holds the M55 400m WR - 52.24, Bill Collins - 200m M55 WR - 23.32, Oscar - the 60m M60 record - 7.52. All are members of the Masters Hall of Fame, Oscar inducted this year. Bill Collin's book, "The Ageless Athletic Spirit" was a big inspiration for me in my early years of masters track.
|Oscar, Charles, me, Bill|
I was happy to see Ben James. He, Jim and I have been fiercely competitive over the years, but we combined with Don to set a World Record for the 4x200m relay in NM in March. Ben was there to watch and support his wife who is a thrower. He told me he was taking time off to care for his dad. Ben, just about to turn 60, is a very quiet and classy guy. He told me that he takes 2 months off a year and does no running, just cross training. Good advice. Like Ben, who has won many titles, world and national, Jim has been around for many years and has been a great mentor for me. I wish I had his running form.
|Jim, Ben, me|
Don McGee has become the most dominant M55 sprinter in the world. He beat both Val and Alan -the World Champion in the 100m, running 11.74 into the wind. Don ran a smokin' wind aided 200m in 23.90... no one was close. I hope we can get him to run a relay with us again.