Testimonial from a 68 year old Triathlete

….and My Story Runs On….

Testimonials like these are the reason I LOVE MY JOB!  This is exactly why I do what I do.  I love to be able to share Running Stories from my ChiRunners.  There is nothing more rewarding for me to know that I am helping people achieve goals they never thought possible!  I received this email from “Doc” Gooding on 9/29/13:

“I have done two triathlons recently. Anthem (which was turned into a duathlon do to rain) and the Life Time Tri in Tempe…both sprint distance.

·         Anthem tri I came in second in my age group (but there were only two of us)  with a time of 1:27:50 (12.3 Mi bike 52 Min and 5K run in 35 min).

·         Life Time Tri I came in first in my age group (there was one other guy who came in 30 min after me). My time was 1:45 (12.3 mi bike 44 min and 5K run 36 min).

 My next triathlons are in October and December.

Also, I have lost 25 lbs and 4” in the waist!!! Trying to loss 20 more and 2” more in the waist.

 My goal is to get on Triathlon Team USA next year in the 70-74 age group (when I age up) and compete in the World Amateur Championships…like I did in 1994.

 I did have one observation on running…the other day I was running into a strong headwind. In the past I would have hated it because is slowed me down. But with Chi running I just leaned a little more forward into the wind and it felt like there was no wind. Was that just me thinking that or have you noticed that too?

Thanks again for all your help…I have been making progress running injury free.

Take Care.

“Doc” Gooding”

I remember he attended my workshop in January and has some postural issues that were effecting his running form.  On 1/27/13 he sent me this email:

“Good class today…discovering all sorts of dysfunctional behaviors and getting more in touch with my body.”

One of the things I love about ChiRunning is that it’s a holistic process.  You don’t just learn it once and are done…AHA moments happen all the time depending on your focus on that specific run.

Does it matter how many people were in his age group?  HECK NO!  No one else is out there doing it…I think it’s even more impressive that he’s doing this stuff at his age….and let’s face it, 68 isn’t old, right?!  I want to be doing this stuff until I’m at least that age.  My friends and I say, “Friends 4 Fitness 4 Life”.  We imagine being out there in our 80’s still have a blast together!

Thanks “Doc” for sharing your experiences with me.  Sooo happy and proud to see you reach your goals!

From My Running Story to Yours….
(if you feel inspired to share your comments, do so below…I want to hear your story too!)

0 thoughts on “Testimonial from a 68 year old Triathlete

  1. Good for you, Doc. One of the best things about being a “mature” competitor is that you ARE a competitor, not an inspiration, not a role model, and worthy of being a serious competitor, not just an “amazing” athlete. You may be slower than those fast guys but you are every bit as good as the winner. You perform to the best of your ability, you train hard, and you don’t let age get in the way. For you young folks out there, congratulate Doc for his accomplishment. Treat him as your peer and you pay him the greatest compliment.

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