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Robbi Young – Why can’t I?

by Don

The following is a brief profile of one of the interviewees in the upcoming book, Dream It, Live It, Love It. The full intreview and insights gained by the author will be shared in the book to be published at a future date. To see future interviewee profiles via email and to stay updated on the status of the book, use the widget at the bottom right of this page to subscribe.

Robbi Riding High

Robbi Riding High

Robbi Young is a 51 year old triathlete and marathon runner who lives in Erie, Colorado. Robbi participated in volleyball, basketball, and softball when she was young, discovering her love of running in her mid-twenties. Robbi went from running 5K races, to 10K races, to half marathons, to marathons, and eventually to triathlons by always asking herself the question, “why can’t I?” Robbi volunteers her time at events like the MS150 and the Wounded Soldier Ride, and says that seeing people participate in those events usually make excuses evaporate. Many riders in the MS150 are not highly trained riders, but do the ride because they know someone with multiple sclerosis. There are many wounded veterans who participate in the Wounded Soldier Ride, and to see them persevere is truly inspiring. Robbi has qualified for the 2010 Boston Marathon and hopes to run strong and finish well there.

You can catch Robbi’s entire interview here

A few athlete updates:

Jane Welzel recently sent me a link to footage from a race she put on recently. Take a look http://www.mountainmile.com/pictures-video

Bill Purves has had a busy summer, just returning from the veteran’s world championships in Finland, the IAAF world championships in Berlin, and the Tour de Romandie racewalking in Switzerland. Busy, busy, busy.

Gary Leigh’s last outdoor track meet was this weekend in Virginia (Potomac Games).  He ran the 400M for the 1st time this year.  In July he tried the javelin for the 1st time, and he says that it looks like he will be sticking to the running events (LOL). It is great to see that Gary is following through on his goals. He wanted to try the javelin and 400 meter race this year.

I was interviewing Gene Wilken, who is an 81 year old tennis player, and he asked me an interesting question. I was explaining to him how I am coming to the belief that a key to being fit later in life is finding one or more activities that you absolutely love to do, and all the rest (diet, working out,…) falls into place. Gene asked me why people like physical activity. So here is a question to all who read this blog and have an activity they love to do. Why do you love your sport or physical activity? What is it about it? Leave a comment.

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