Masters athletes defy age and continue to strive for excellence
Isn’t it refreshing to know that not all men buy into the limiting vision of getting old and fat and rocking on the front porch? These four men show no sign of stopping and want to encourage you to get off the couch and step up your game.
MASTERS MEN’S BODYBUILDING
Rodney Tucker Age: 44
I’ve always been into weight training and power lifting. I’ve trained several people for shows and one day, after everyone kept asking me, I decided to challenge myself and [I competed]. That was over five years ago, and I haven’t stopped since. I’ve competed and been fortunate to place top 5 in all shows but one, and in over 12 shows in four different states. I took first place in The Lenda Murray Bodybuilding Show in 2014 and second place in 2015 in Men’s Master 40-49.
I believe that you should always stay competitive in something, and for me, bodybuilding is a discipline that not only keeps my body strong, but also keeps my mind and soul strong.
I am driven by the belief that I can always be better every hour, every day, every week and every year. Self-evaluation is an important step in growth and success. I strive for both.
Allan Harvie Age: 69
I’m Canadian…need I say more. I lived on Prince Edward Island on Canada’s east coast. It seemed like 10 months of winter and two months of bad dog sledding, so hockey filled all that cold time. I started playing hockey around 2. I played in organized leagues at 3. We played all our games outdoors; at times in well below zero temperatures. I never played indoors until I was 11.
Playing is an addiction, but a good kind. You meet some great people both on and off the ice. Hopefully the ones I meet off the ice aren’t working in a hospital emergency room.
Today’s generation doesn’t get anywhere near the exercise that we did. With the advent of smartphones, statistically they get less exercise than any generation in history. Playing a sport keeps the mind and body fit and provides a great avenue for learning how to make quick decisions. The average person will add years to their life by playing sports and being competitive.
In 2007 at age 61, Harvie became the oldest person this century to play in a professional hockey game to help raise money for charity. In recorded hockey history, he is the second oldest player. During the 1997-98 season Gordie Howe appeared for one shift with the Detroit Vipers of the IHL near age 70.
I have a tremendous appreciation and admiration for Gordie Howe. I have met him on several occasions both on and off the ice; although I never played against him. Gordie was 69 1/2 when he played for the Detroit Vipers in 1997 setting the record as the oldest player to ever appear in a professional hockey game. I currently am the second oldest. I have mixed feelings about breaking the record this fall or winter because of the respect I have for Gordie. But it would be a blast, and I suggest you stay tuned for updates. You can be sure that, if I am to do it, I would do it to benefit a charity.
Triathlete & Runner
Tom Randolph Age: 60
Swimming, biking and running are healthy physical activities I choose to participate in as part of a healthy lifestyle. As we age, we will all face increasing medical issues that accompany aging. Choosing a physically active lifestyle helps improve the overall quality of our lives. Physically fit people suffer fewer diseases and recover faster when they do get ill.
“If you had been overweight, or a smoker, you would not be here to have this conversation” said Dr. John Parker, Cardiologist at Cardiology Specialists. “Your fitness saved you.”
Despite being in top condition, I had a heart attack in November 2000. Three cardiologists advised me, “your running days are over, you can walk.” Dr. Parker took me as a patient and, over the course of nine months, got me to the point where I could “participate” in endurance sports. Ten years of participating paved the way to reduced restraints on my exertion level, and I have enjoyed winning or placing in numerous local and regional running and triathlon events since.
If I had retired to the couch, as originally directed, I probably would not be here today; so in light of turning 60 this year, I am attempting to complete 60 individually timed running, swimming or biking events in 2015. I hit 30 at the end of June!
I do not “race” every event to win, but I am proud to report I did win my age group at the inaugural One City Marathon in Newport News last March.
TAE KWON DO
Lorenzo Modeste Age: 53
I have been a student of Master Joseph Ash in the art of Tae Kwon Do since 2000. I received my 3rd-degree black belt in 2013. It’s never been about the belts. We all need a sense of reward, but the journey has been my true reward.
Over the years of my training, I’ve competed in contact sparring, which is a true physical challenge. I enjoy the adrenaline rush.
I’ve always considered myself to be driven and Tae Kwon Do allows me another means to express that drive. Tae Kwon Do challenges me physically, mentally and spiritually.