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What’s Up?

by Don

I thought I’d give an update on what some of the athletes I’ve been interviewing have been up to.

I thought I’d also share where I am at with my season. I have not been climbing particularly well this year. I’ve been thinking a lot about this over the last week, and a few thoughts occurred to me. I thought:

– I’ve been working a lot on the weekends, maybe that’s the problem – that sounds like an excuse to me.

– I’ve been lifting hard during the week, and not climbing hard routes much – smells like another excuse

– It rained a lot this summer – boy, that’s a good excuse

What I decided is that I have not been managing my training well. The above things are situations that I have not managed well. I decided that for the last 8 weeks of the season I am going to focus on climbing hard routes and boulder problems 3 days a week, and be rested on those days. I’ll let you know how it goes. Comments and advice are welcome.

Now for news from the athletes I’ve interviewed:

Kim Williams ( competed in the USATF Master’s National Championships in Oshkosh, Wisconsin this summer. Despite wrestling with a hip injury, she won gold medals in the long jump and high jump events.  Kim also competed in the National Senior Games in Palo Alto, California, doing the long jump, 100m, 400m, and 200m. Her best place was 4th in the 200m, just out of the medals.  GO KIM!

Bob Meluskey ( competed in Pennsylvania’s Keystone Games, taking 2nd in the hammer throw in the 55-59 year age group. He also set personal bests in both the hammer and discus. Very cool Bob.

Barb Page ( has been very busy lately. Barb won her age group in the 16.5 mile Gold Discovery Race in Alaska, running 58 minutes faster than last year. She also won her age group in the Santa Claus half marathon, and took 2nd place in her age group in a recent 8km event. Barb is currently leading the Flint Hills Cup race series in her age group by a slim 5 points. During her interview, Barb told me that the master’s crowd in Alaska is a competitive bunch, and it looks like she’s got her work cut out for her. Good luck Barb!

Terry Peterson ( has been busy experimenting and inventing new ways to film mountain unicycling. He has come up with a way to take really cool action shots using a camera that glides on a cable. He call it Uni-cable-cam, and you have to see it to believe it. You can see more at Very cool Terry!

Gary Grobman ( recently competed in the National Senior Games in Palo Alto, California. Gary said he really enjoyed the meet. He got the bronze medal in the 5K and 10K road races, running them on back to back days. Fantastic Gary.

Jarry Smartt ( had a great showing at the USATF meet in Oshkosh, getting 4 gold medals and one silver in the distance events. I heard through the grapevine that he also took 7th in the 5K and 6th in the 10k at the WMA World Master’s Championships in Finland this month. Wow Jerry!

Gale Bernhardt ( finished 10th woman overall, and I haven’t been able to verify it, but I’m pretty sure  she won her age group. You can read about the race at

Jim Broun ( recently placed 3rd in the high hurdles at the World Master’s Championships in Finland, despite hitting the 8th hurdle. He was also on 4 x 100m relay team at World’s that got the bronze medal. Great work Jim!

It is great to see all of you out there Dreaming It, Living It, and Loving It!

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