Wednesday, June 13, 2007

2007 Iowa Senior Olympics

By Earl Hill

The Iowa Senior Olympics were held this past weekend (June 7-10, 2007). This is an Olympic-style sports festival for men and women age 50 or older. The Iowa Senior Olympics are affiliated with the National Senior Games.

These games offer opportunities to compete for medals in 17 sports and various skill competitions in 10 age categories.


Connie French and I (Earl Hill) participated in the time trial portion of the event held at Elkhart, Iowa, at 7:00 on June 10. Connie took a second place in the Women’s 60-64 age group and I took a third in the men’s 60-64 age group. However, the most important issue for me was the improvement over last year. Under similar weather conditions, I cut one minute and forty-two seconds from my time. I credit this to hard training, an excellent spin class this past winter and the patience of my coach.


According to Dave Ertle, referee, the men’s 60-64 age group was the largest field and the most competitive of the event. Unfortunately, the times are not yet posted, so it is impossible to actually make any comparisons.


In any event, it is an excellent race for those who qualify and I strongly recommend your participation.

2 comments:

the mostly reverend said...

earl--

allow me to be the first to congratulate you--here, anyway--for your fine performance at this year's senior olympics.

this being my first year in this event, it was great to see all the men and women who took part.

judging only by the equipment,
you'd think it was a JUNIOR'S event,
not a grown-up race:
everyone has such nice toys!!

it is also apparent that the training for this event is getting pretty darn serious--the results are impressive, up and down the age-group lines.

it was a wonderful feeling--at 54--
to be in the "young guy's group" again.

i was proud and fortunate to be the overall winner of such a class field of entries.
i hope those who are going to nationals this year have great rides.

i look forward to next year's events.
my training for 2008 is already underway!

we'll see you at clear lake!!

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