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  •  I managed to sublimate most of the aggression (1+ / 0-)
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    into foot races: let the teens and kids challenge the old man to  a race to see who's best.

    I, of course, smoked them all.

    The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men.

    by xxdr zombiexx on Sat Mar 02, 2013 at 08:04:15 AM PST

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    •  Sounds like I used to be! (1+ / 0-)
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      I used to run cross-country, and do the 100-yard dash, pretty well.  Unfortunately, asthma damaged my lungs to the point where I couldn't sustain either, and by the end of high school I was removed from both sports out of fear my lungs would collapse!

      I certainly wouldn't race you. ;-)

      •  I sucked wind as a child. Couldn't run a city bloc (2+ / 0-)
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        total wuss.

        I started camping and hiking in my early 20's and martial arts at 25 and serious backpacking about age 30.

        I am now 52 and in the best condition of my life due to exercizing more now than I ever ave previously.

        I don't want to be an old vegetable.

        The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men.

        by xxdr zombiexx on Sat Mar 02, 2013 at 08:13:30 AM PST

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        •  I was really active. Not just the racing... (2+ / 0-)
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          ...but I bicycled everywhere.  I could do 40 mile round trips by the time I was a teenager, and my lungs didn't hold me back like they did with my running.  I was biking everywhere well into the 2000s, when my bike finally fell apart, and being a grad student at the time, couldn't afford to replace it.

          I've not lived in bike-friendly areas since then, and I really, really miss just hopping on my bike and pedaling somewhere.  I ever get a job that pays a decent salary, I'm getting a decent touring recumbent bike and getting back onto the circuit.

          I don't want to be either, but right now, just climbing a few flights of stairs winds me.  Being forced to live a totally sedentary life due to my medical problems has taken its toll.

          •  I have been really lucky to not have (1+ / 0-)
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            any serious health issues other than poor eyesight (which is correlated with my high intelligence - guffaw) and annoying sinus issues (noses run in my family).

            Really sorry to hear about the asthma....

            The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men.

            by xxdr zombiexx on Sat Mar 02, 2013 at 08:27:15 AM PST

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            •  Well, the asthma is no longer a factor! (1+ / 0-)
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              It basically disappeared around the time I went to college, though it left my lungs permanently unable to support foot racing.

              What came later was ulcerative colitis, and that quite nearly killed me.  I've had that (mostly) corrected with surgery, but it's left me much poorer in stamina, and the steady, continuous decline in my income has left me living in places where outdoor exercise is hard to come by, and too much exercise causes more problems then it does good.  Kind of a teeter-totter balanced on a razor blade.  There are things I can do, though...I'm going to start a meditation and basic yoga class at work soon.

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