Yes, I have just passed a big milestone. Reflection is in order. It has not been too traumatic, mainly because of my dedication to working out at least enough to maintain fitness. For those folks who have read any of my past posts, I decided to enter the triathlon arena when I was about to turn 55. I chose a very easy (relatively speaking, is any triathlon easy?) community triathlon instead of an official sprint tri. The following year I did a Sprint Tri with pretty embarrassing results and went back to doing the community Tri, and have done it each year. This year it didn’t seem that difficult, and I felt proud just to feel so comfortable with the whole thing. When you try something new, it’s a big challenge. When you master it, it gives you confidence. I have not gotten faster but I have improved my fitness and my confidence. I also have hiked some mountains in the Whites, and a few weeks ago we hiked up Mount Washington. So when I turned 60 I was feeling pretty badass. I just signed up to begin Yoga Teacher Training, which I think will be a wonderful addition to my toolbox and help keep me healthy and flexible as I age.
My career has had quite a few twists and turns. I took a part time job at the Boston REI store after being laid off from my side gig at Eastern Mountain Sports. From where I live in New Hampshire, this involved a drive, a bus ride, a walk across Boston, and working on my feet all day helping people buy hiking boots and travel clothes. It was really fun and interesting, and reminded me of all the good choices we can make in life, and how important it is not to get stuck in a grind. I’m no longer there, as I have taken an interesting job close to home for the moment, but it made a big impression. Life is good. Opt Outside. Have fun out there.