Back to the Beat at Bayou Hills

It’s easy to be in good shape. It’s getting in good shape and staying in good shape that are the problems.

When I was in my twenties, I had a foolproof fitness strategy that involved a daily routine of staying in my twenties. Unfortunately, I was only able to stick with that regimen for a few years before I was struck down by a bad case of the thirties. But it wasn’t until I was diagnosed with the early stages of the forties that I began actively looking for a remedy.

I found it in exercise of all things, and I have to say I’ve never felt better! The reason I have to say that is because it’s what everybody my age says and I don’t want to be left out. In truth, my body has been in a state of angry revolt against this assault for the past three years. Sore isn’t a temporary condition anymore. It’s a daily penance for drinking, smoking and a host of other sins I committed during a brief period of my life known as “adulthood.”

Now, however, I’ve discovered the joy that exercise brings and I can report that it’s roughly the same as the joy you get from pounding your hand with a hammer and then stopping. Don’t believe me? Try it. See? Doesn’t that feel good when you stop? Oh, you say it still hurts a lot? Welcome to exercise after 40.

My friend, JP King, took this picture of me at the end of the Bayou Hills 5/10K. I guess he felt bad about catching me at such a rough moment because he also added back all the hair I’ve lost over the past 20 years.



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