Saturday, September 20, 2008

50th Birthday!

Today I am turning 50! This is a milestone in a man's life. A turning point where we reflect on the past and look forward to the future. The great news is, my health is awesome as I started a dedicated workout ritual about 6 years ago. I run every morning in the hills for about an hour. It's actually called wogging (walking and jogging). I run up some very steep, tuff hills and then I walk down the hill to the next hill and repeat 8 or so times. I am 6'6" so it's important not to pound the knees and in running up hill, I am stepping up into the hill. Plus the park offers an overview of our beautiful bay and all the major peaks in the area. In the afternoon or evening, I head to the pool for a mile swim with interval training that I did throughout my swimming career all they way through college on the swim team. Then some days I will finish with a bike ride. If you are approaching 50 or past it, I recommend a book called "Younger Next Year" by Chris Crowley. It's a fascinating look at how our bodies age and how you can turn back the clock with exercising 6 days a week with a combination of cardio, weight training and anaerobic exercise. Well written and very interesting.

As far as sailing, I have a ton of great adventures ahead of me. After my son heads off to college, I hope to take a two year voyage to New Zealand and Australia on a well founded sailboat. Prior to that, I will be doing the Baja Haha, coastal passages and trips to the BVI's as well as other cruising destinations. I leave on Sunday to head up towards the delta to bring our boat back from a month stay up in the Isleton area. It will be a two day trip with an overnight in Vallejo. I have two friends joining me so it should be a fun trip.

I have lots to look forward to in my next 50 years and tons to be thankful for in my first 50 years!

5 comments:

tillerman said...

Wow. That's quite a routine for an old geezer. I'm impressed. Keep it up. And congratulations.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! Happy 50th! It's good to hear you take your health seriously - too many don't, and give up all those good years to come!

Best,

TJH

monica said...

Happy Birthday!! (a little belated..)
I hope I am as healthy and happy at 50 as you are!

xoxo*Monica

Mr.Boat said...

Congrats!

bonnie said...

Happy belated birthday!

I hope I'm not quite as desk-bound when I'm 50. I sure expect to still be working but this year's been a bit frightful on the overwork, I've turned into a total weekend warrior. OK for a year or so (here in my early 40's) maybe but over the long run, I gotta get myself back into the weekday workouts.

Good post.

p.s. I lived in Vallejo for a short time when I was a kid.