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Barbara Blackford

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Fitness Over 50

Running on His Last Leg

Imagine. You are an athletic, fun loving 21 year old college student. Blackbelt in Karate at age 16. Surfer, swimmer, skier. There is nothing you can’t do – you feel invincible – on top of the world! You wake up one beautiful, sunny California morning and hop on your motorcycle to enjoy the wind in your face, lean your bike into the curves and feel the speed.

The next thing you remember is waking for a minute in a sterile, white room. After spending a month in a coma, over the course of days and weeks, you learn you were hit head-on by a large garbage truck. Almost every bone in your body broken.

Youth and invincibility replaced in a moment by unimaginable pain and despair. And ultimately loss of a leg.

That was Tim Hurst in 1981. This coming weekend, at age 56, Tim is running his 46th marathon in 43 states, on his quest to finish a marathon in all 50 states after turning 50.

Tim - Austin

Learn more about Tim’s story.

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Over 50 Athlete – Runner Terrie Wurzbacher

Ever feel you are too old, too slow, or not athletic enough to take on a fitness challenge? Meet this week’s over 50 athlete of the week, Terrie Wurzbacher, 66. She felt all of those things. Despite these insecurities, two weeks ago, she became the oldest female runner to complete the Volunteer State 500k (314 miles) Road Race. Read her story. Continue Reading

After cycling to the top of Cadillac Mountain at sunrise #maine #cycling #travel
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What’s on Your Challenge List?

I have to be honest. I lack discipline. I’ve never been good at doing the day to day things I’m supposed to. Cleaning up my room as a kid. Filling out expense reports as an adult. But I’ve always thrived on learning something new or taking on a new project. Let’s face it – I LOVE a challenge! I never gave that much thought until recently. Read about the benefits and ask yourself – what’s on your challenge list? Continue Reading

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Cycling Tour Reflections – The Challenges

No journey of 2,500 miles could be completed without encountering some challenges. You might think 2,500 miles was challenge enough, but it is inevitable that there will be more. You can read about some of the challenges we faced below. Stay tuned for a post about my favorite aspect of the tour – the people! Continue Reading

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Cycling Tour Reflections – The “Biking Bubble”

This is the second in a series of posts about my reflections on my 2,500 mile Atlantic Coast cycling tour. This post is about a phenomenon the Woman Tour riders call the “Biking Bubble.” At some point in a long cycling journey, you simply become immersed in the trip itself and the outside world fades away. THIS is the “Biking Bubble.”

Learn what I liked about the Biking Bubble. Next up – the challenges of a long cycling tour.

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Another sunrise view after cycling to the top of Cadillac Mountain #maine #cycling #travel
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Reflections on My 2500 Mile Cycling Journey

Many people have asked about my most memorable moments from my Atlantic coast cycling tour. It is surprising how easily the days run together and how hard it is, in retrospect, to distinguish one day from another. But now that the journey is finished, I can reflect on the major patterns that I experienced and what makes the journey so memorable.

Over the next few posts, I’ll talk about some of those reflections. This post is about the beauty I experienced. Up next, read about the “Biking Bubble.” Continue Reading