Sunday, June 29, 2008


Hello and welcome everyone! And...Happy 4th of July! This is a special year...the Olympics in China and the Senior Olympics and Senior Games going on in every state. Someone asked me why the Senior Olympics is every year and not every four years. I said, "because we could all be dead in four years." We, meaning all of us geezers.
QUESTIONS from some of our readers: "Can seniors actually gain speed? Can we put on muscle ? Can we build stamina? Does cross training really work?" And the answer is...YES! Proper diet, training and exercises geared to what you want to accomplish, heart and will power. This is an every day practice. "We can age, but we don't have to get old." A final thought...I like to compete against younger people. Challenge is a great exercise for mental toughness.

Have a great life everyone! See you next week. Jimmy O

Sunday, June 22, 2008


Hello and welcome everyone! Excitement is in the air. My focus is like a laser beam. My notepad is filled with the day by day exercises I need to do for each event. Each exercise has a purpose. Remember the old saying, "never mistake activity for accomplishment." Each day, before I step onto the track, I know exactly what I have to do. After all these years I still get butterflies when I step on the track and lace up my spikes.
Let's go back a little in time...healing my pulled hamstring was a mental strain on me. Each two hour training session now includes 30 minutes of stretching and warmup exercises. I also stretch during and after my workout. After each workout I iced both legs for 15 minutes each. I also used a" heating " method for both legs. I would apply castor oil on both legs. Then wrap a warm wet cloth around each leg. Then place the heating pad in a plastic bag and warp the pad around each leg and then warp a towel around the pad. One leg at a time for 30 minutes each. All I can say, it works. Now the mental aspect...I can consentrate fully on my training. I run each sprint as though I was in an event. My track exercises include sprinting 50m, 100m, 200m and 400m. Also, I do plyometrics for 30 minutes twice a week. The same for running up and down bleachers and sprinting uphill. As a sprinter, I want to develop "fast twitch" muscles. So, to sum up: 1) get organized 2) have a purpose, write down what you need to do 3) do it, get started 4) don't cheat on yourself 4) never, ever slack off. If you quit in training, you will quit or give up in the actual event. I believe this applies to any sport as well as life itself. Mental fitness, then physical fitness. FIRST TO THE FINISH LINE.

Have a great life everyone...Jimmy O

Sunday, June 15, 2008


Hello and welcome everyone! Happy Father's Day to all the dads.
This week's blog and next week I will focus on my training and the changes I had to make regarding my preparation. The prep changes will include the healing of a nagging pulled hamstring . Also, I will discuss the mental aspect of my Senior Olympic journey.
I played a doubleheader softball game yesterday...went 6 for 6. My batting average for the season thus far is 900. Most of the seniors playing softball are great players.
I am going to do some running this morning and lots of stretching...then grilling out with family and friends.

Sunday, June 8, 2008


Yesterday (Saturday) I worked out at a local high school track and was impressed with the number of people already on the track and the infield. I inquired as to what was going on and was told it was the "relay for life," a cause for fighting breast cancer. Women, men and children wearing shirts for the cause and most striking were the shirts with "survivor" in bold print. I was allowed to workout but I found myself visiting with many regarding cancer.
Being a survivor of prostate cancer I could connect with everyone there. After my workout, fitness and striving for a healthy lifestyle took on greater significance. Most of us have some physical or mental challenge in life or we are hurting from something. Perhaps it time to do more than just working out. I wonder what would happen if we invited others to join us. We need an "outreach" is not only our responsibility but we have an obligation to do so. It is part of healing, becoming whole and yes surviving. Perhaps this is what "spirit" means in mind, body and spirit. I hope so. Sharing this, I just feel better about myself.

Have a great life everyone! Jimmy O

Sunday, June 1, 2008


After a tough but great week both mentally and physically in my prep work for the Senior Olympics, four tennis matches and two softball games on Saturday, I wanted to do something today, my day off from training...something fun. I am going to get in my car and get on one of those back roads...a dirt road. Stay on that winding dirt road no matter where it leads....and then take a walk through the woods. Get as close to nature as I can. Let it soak in...inhale the fresh, clean air. And a side note...reward my mind, body and spitit. Yes fun...and lots of it. Join me, at least in spirit.
Have a great life everyone! Jimmy O

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