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Jack Addison thinks that the Sisters Stampede is an ideal venue for people in Sisters to defy the restrictions of “numerical age.”

Often held on Memorial Day Weekend, the Stampede, organized by Mudslinger Occasions, was moved this yr to Labor Day Weekend as a result of COVID-19. The occasion was held underneath modified protocols to handle COVID-19 security. The course was one size for all for a staggered begin. The course was 18 miles, plus an extra two miles biking to the beginning line.

“My time was one hour, 46 minute, no stops, no support stations — due once more to COVID,” Addison, age 78, reported.

That was good for a second-place end in his age group of Over 70.

Addison advocates extra native participation in all classes, however particularly the Over 60 and Over 70 (new this yr) classes.

“Simply because the Sisters college athletic applications spend many of the energies preparing for precise contest occasions, for us ‘post-high-schoolers,’ preparation for even one mountain biking annual occasion causes a year-round preparation and participation in actually wholesome dwelling,” Addison mentioned.

He describes that way of life as “filled with self-generated optimism and power far more rewarding than a blue and white handicap parking decal which isn’t arduous to speak one’s physician out of.”

Because the Sisters Stampede is generally held each Memorial Day, Addison conspicuously wears a small American flag taped to his helmet to remind individuals of the “why” of the occasion.

Addison, a fighter pilot in Vietnam in 1966 says he particularly devoted his racing effort to honoring the veterans that died in navy motion and people who nearly died torturous deaths as POWs.

“Actually, it will be nice if extra veterans or veteran supporters wore flags on their helmets on subsequent Memorial Day within the subsequent Sisters Stampede 2021,” he mentioned.

Addison notes that, “this kind of vigorous exercise is inspired by cardiologists supporting cardiac rehab for a lot of of their sufferers. After all, individuals who’ve had cardiac occasions ought to question their surgeons instantly relating to the extent of exercise beneficial for the person affected person. The workers at St. Charles has applications for cardiac sufferers that help train at ranges that may shock many sufferers, in addition to help higher diet that may be very complementary to a vigorous life-style.”

The Sisters athlete says that, “it’s by no means too late to undertake the double software of actual train and a food regimen that one can undertake as a life-style fairly than a short lived food regimen ‘to drop some pounds’ that merely returns for the overwhelming majority. We will individually cease the life-shortening weight problems epidemic that marches on. Sisters is lucky to have a number of sources of gyms and particular person trainers which have core growth and sound core exercises.”

There’s no getting round growing older — however Addison defies “getting outdated.”

“Growing older is numerically computerized, however getting outdated includes a lot of insidious decisions and media-sponsored cultural habits that don’t serve us effectively. Briefly, get even by unplugging the TV, eat effectively and transfer, transfer, transfer,” he mentioned. “There isn’t any have to fall sufferer to any specific numerical age.”