Apparently in October last year he celebrated his 66th birthday and after thanking all his friends for their birthday greetings he commented, "My first year as a Great Grandmaster is over and I never went sailing!"
Another Laser sailor bites the dust?
Apparently cycling is John's passion these days.
Actually I seem to remember he was always a keen cyclist.
Except now he races his bike but not his Laser.
I'm not a bike racer but I am a runner.
And I've been thinking lately about why running is so much better than Laser sailing...
- Running is a lot simpler and cheaper than Laser sailing. To run all you need is a pair of sneakers and some season-appropriate clothing. To go Laser racing you need a boat and a new sail and lots of fancy rigging and a drysuit or a wetsuit and hiking pants and hiking boots and a compass and a starting watch and a wind indicators.... there's no end to the stuff you need.
- You can run anywhere any time. No wind - you can run. Blowing 30 knots - you can run. Stuck in some motel in some godforsaken state in the middle of the continent with no water in sight - you can run.
- In running races you can measure your performance against the clock, against your own previous times. In sailing it's all relative. You might be going fast for you, but if there are 20 other guys going faster, all you know is that you didn't even make the top 20.
- It's a lot easier to fit running into a busy schedule. I can step outside my front door, go for a 45 minute run, come home and shower, and be sitting in front of the TV drinking a glass of whiskey 60 minutes after I started. Laser sailing at best consumes a half day, and sometimes a whole week. Who has that sort of free time these days?
- Girls. A lot of girls run. I think I read somewhere that these days 60% of the participants in half-marathons are girls (of all ages.) That's a lot more girls than you meet at Laser regattas. Of course I'm happily married, but if I weren't then running would be the ideal sport to meet lots of girls.
- You don't get wet when running (unless it's raining.)
- You don't capsize when running.
- Runner's high.
I woke up in the middle of last night.
I started thinking about my plans for the month.
There are four weeks left in the frostbiting season.
One Sunday I'm down to do RC.
One Sunday is our wedding anniversary. Actually not just any anniversary. One that ends in a Nought. The family are all coming to help us celebrate. No sailing that Sunday.
Another Sunday there is a 5k running race I would really like to do.
Another Sunday there is a 10 mile running race I would really like to do.
I think I might be going the way of John Dawson-Edwards.
Anybody want to follow a running blog called Proper Course?