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gull
August 24th, 2006, 03:00 PM
Today at our Masters practice I mentioned that Dennis Baker, who recently aged up into my age group, trains 10K/day. A teammate of mine, a 31 year old woman, remarked, "That's a lot of yardage for someone your age."

knelson
August 24th, 2006, 03:09 PM
Yeah, wouldn't you be worried someone would steal your walker while you're in the pool for so long? ;)

FindingMyInnerFish
August 24th, 2006, 03:15 PM
I seriously knew I had to do something to cover my gray when a guy watching me do a track workout said to me, "Are you planning to run in the Senior Games?" Um.... do I look old enough? Well, as it happened, I was old enough, in fact, 5 years over the qualifying age, 50, but still....

On another occasion, I was talking with another runner after finishing a workout, and somehow the occasion came up for her to say, "you look good for your age." I was curious then what age she thought I was, and asked her. She studied me a moment and then said, "oh, maybe in your thirties?" I'd have bought her a beer if it were later in the day! :D

scyfreestyler
August 24th, 2006, 03:23 PM
Speaking of Dennis Baker, how did he fare in his events at Stanford? It seems like he was supposed to be one of the shining stars in the butterfly events, the Ian Crocker of USMS if you will.

As for Gull getting old, I suspect that Dr. Oz would tell you that your real age is far under your calendar age due to your exercise and a healthy diet ( I assume you eat heart smart :D ).

knelson
August 24th, 2006, 04:17 PM
Originally posted by scyfreestyler
Speaking of Dennis Baker, how did he fare in his events at Stanford?

He won them all in world record time, so I'd say he did fairly well!

scyfreestyler
August 24th, 2006, 04:30 PM
Originally posted by knelson
He won them all in world record time, so I'd say he did fairly well!

Good to hear. Thanks Kirk.

valhallan
August 24th, 2006, 04:41 PM
I enjoy the occasional congratulatory high fives from the college swimmers who join our masters group during the summer months. Being a "forty something"..I have the dubious priviledge of remaining in the fast lane when they come to the session.

Teenagers definitely have a different perception of age. Any sign of grey hair automatically qualifies you as a dinosaur...or "old dude" as they say.

aquageek
August 24th, 2006, 04:51 PM
I will be the first to admit that despite his advanced years, Gull80 is one heck of a swimmer, probably a candidate for Team AARP.

knelson
August 24th, 2006, 06:08 PM
Team TYR got free suits, what does team AARP get? Free Geritol?

Paul Smith
August 24th, 2006, 06:32 PM
Viagra

GoldrushJapan
August 24th, 2006, 06:50 PM
My advice for the grey hair is "shave it off". You will look younger which translates into feeling younger and training harder --- and might take a few tenths off your 50 free. Where is the pride in the grey hair? Is this a concept like "AT least I can feel satisified that I am good for my age" Also, must be annoying to hear all the time _ "wow your in good shape for an old dude." Screw this crutch. I dont care if Im 40 or 50. I dont want high school students beating me until Im at least 65.

Sam Perry
August 24th, 2006, 11:33 PM
Originally posted by Paul Smith
Viagra

What a drag...

scyfreestyler
August 24th, 2006, 11:41 PM
Originally posted by GoldrushJapan
I dont want high school students beating me until Im at least 65.

Aim high.

waves101
August 25th, 2006, 08:47 AM
Even though this was 6 years ago, it shows the perspective of the kids. Back in 2000, at the age of 33, I had the opportunity to work out with the high school swim team. The kids accepted me as the older guy in lane 5. One day my age came up in conversation - One of the kids said "Wow, you really are old. I thought you were like 19 or something."

GoldrushJapan
August 25th, 2006, 11:12 AM
Thats precisely what Im talkin about Jeff !... If you swim fast they will believe you must be younger...nothing wrong with this...

craiglll@yahoo.com
August 25th, 2006, 11:18 AM
Our high school's pool had a fire so the girls are swimming in the outdoor community pool until it is repaired. Yesterday I asked if I could join them. I found out that I am older than the head coach's father. that is very frightening!

gull
August 26th, 2006, 11:15 AM
...and then today, by some strange coincidence, I receive in the mail a personalized invitation to join AARP (seriously), even though I'm "only" 48.

scyfreestyler
August 26th, 2006, 12:24 PM
Originally posted by gull80
...and then today, by some strange coincidence, I receive in the mail a personalized invitation to join AARP (seriously), even though I'm "only" 48.

Craig, retired only means retired, not old. Maybe they thought you would retire soon and swim USMS full time. Maybe even do some offsite training for Terry Laughlin.

craiglll@yahoo.com
August 26th, 2006, 04:28 PM
Originally posted by gull80
...and then today, by some strange coincidence, I receive in the mail a personalized invitation to join AARP (seriously), even though I'm "only" 48.

Craig,

I'm also 48. My oldest brother gives us membership to AArP when we turn 50 for a present. I told him not to do it with me.

Craig

jean sterling
August 26th, 2006, 04:31 PM
When I got my first invite from AARP I commented to my husband that they should send stuff like that in a plain brown wrapper.

Paul Smith
August 26th, 2006, 04:59 PM
I can't wait for mine (AARP membership): Great discounts on hotels & buffets!!

craiglll@yahoo.com
August 26th, 2006, 05:02 PM
AARP I think did a terrible thing with the Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid reorganization. No real solution just puhing it off from the state to the federal government.

SearayPaul
August 27th, 2006, 09:00 AM
I was swimming by myself during the kids practice in an unoccupied lane. While attempting to keep up with the coaches practice for the 13 year old kids I noticed they were talking about an old guy in the pool. Apparently this fellow was doing fairly well that day as he was making most of the intervals. In addition this fellow probably needed to slow down before he had a heart attack.

I must have looked for that old guy for 30 minutes before a light went off as to who they were talking about. In addition to being old I obviously have a cognitive problem and bad vision.

Have a great day

Paul

gull
September 29th, 2006, 01:11 PM
The age group team at our YMCA is called the Riptide. Someone wrote "Ebbtide" next to the word "Masters" on a poster near the pool.

At least he didn't write "Slack tide"--Ebbtide implies movement, even if it's backwards.

thewookiee
September 29th, 2006, 01:18 PM
At practice one morning, a lady swimming a few lanes over looked at me and said "I remember when I gave you a set similar to this one in high school"

quicksilver
September 29th, 2006, 02:11 PM
At practice one morning, a lady swimming a few lanes over looked at me and said "I remember when I gave you a set similar to this one in high school"


...and the proper reply would have been...."Are you trying to seduce me Mrs. Robinson?"

thewookiee
September 29th, 2006, 03:36 PM
LOL... I will have to remember that one, even though that movie is before my time.

gull
September 29th, 2006, 06:12 PM
... I will have to remember that one, even though that movie is before my time.

It's not before my time...yet another example!

The Fortress
October 17th, 2006, 05:58 PM
You have to ask your 12 year old what "LOL" means.