Mike Flynt recently recounted his biggest regret in life as getting kicked off the college team before his senior year. And at age 59, he has now decided to do something about it!
Finding out he was still eligible, Flynt returned to Sul Ross State this month, 37 years after he left and could be in action as soon as September 1. His comeback peaked last week with the coach saying he's made the Division III team's roster.
It made me wonder what I would like to make a "comeback" in... and I think I'd go back and stick with soccer. Anyone else have any plans for an inspiring comeback?
So sorry I'm later than usual with our Active Warriors Weekend update. Here you go:
Well, I saved the best for first. BROOK KIRKPATRICK did a little climb up the second highest peak in Colorado on Mount Massive (14,421 feet but who's counting?). She did the climb with her dad, a friend and her boyfriend, Jim. They reached the summit after missing the regular trail and when they got there, her boyfriend Jim had something to say. "BROOK WILL YOU MARRY ME?" After Brook caught her breath with her sea-level lungs, she said, "YES." It was definitely a MASSIVE day for Brook! Congratulations!
PATRICIA OBERHAUS did her her first triathlon and chose to do the world's largest. She completed the Accenture Chicago Tri and couldn't believe how well the race went, with all the spectators cheering along the course (just for you, Patricia). She said she had never done anything like it in her athletic career and now she knows how people get hooked on triathlons.
WANDA PREUSS, good for you keeping up with your walking to get back in shape and heal the body. You go, girl!
TOBY GUILLETTE and AIREY BARINGER completed the San Bernardino Traverse on Saturday. They tackled the 27-mile through-hike across the entire San Bernardino Mountain range in less than 10 hours. They reached the summit of San Gorgonio, the highest peak in southern California, just before a thunderstorm formed over Big Bear Lake. For an Active Video slideshow of the trip, visit Active Toby's Adventure Blog.
STEPHEN BRANSTETTER also did a triathlon. He competed in the Lake Sammamish Sprint Tri in Washington state with a swim of 400 meters, bike of 14.5 miles and a 3.5-mile run. Stephen ran the 3.5 in a fast time of 20:23, and that is great at the end of a swim/bike.
Triathlon fever here at Active with MAREA BLUE competing in one of the oldest tris in California, the Santa Barbara Sprint. She finished in 1:05 and that included bike trouble with her chain breaking a mile into the ride course. After a 10-minute fix she was on her way.
SHAWN BOOM and his wife tried their luck at a 21-mile, Class III, two-day whitwater rafting trip down the South Fork of the America River in California. It was a guided trip with people from all over the world on it. Yes, their entire raft did submerge but Shawn said it just fueled their desire for more. He recommends it to everyone before summer is over.
PATTI ROSENTHAL--who would have guessed she did a mountain Bike race. She won the masters women's division in the Dirt Lover's Mountain Bike race Colorado in just two hours. But she was disappointed her friend the mountain lion didn't come for a visit while she was on the trail. Maybe next time, Patti.
IRONMAN CANADA was a great event. With as many Ironmans I've done, this one was pretty special--especially at the start. The event made history because it was the largest mass start (more than 2,600 racers) in the history of the sport. What a sight seeing all those triathletes getting into the water all at once. And TONY WHELAN was there to watch his first Ironman and now can't wait to learn how to swim so he can be out there one day.
The Consumer Media team in San Diego is in a contest to one-up each other with interesting ways to get to and from the office. Luke prefers to lane-share on his Honda VTX 1300 motorcycle, braving the road rage that is rampant on the SoCal freeways. Michelle, Jesse, Airey and Toby like to cycle to the office, at one point in the trek actually merging with the I-5 (the eight-lane, mega-freeway that eats SUVs for breakfast). It seems risking your life is a growing trend in our morning commutes.
I, on the other hand, share a safe, peaceful commute with my wife (who works across Lusk), occasionally taking public transportation home. The getting home part is always a bit difficult. I'm still trying to find the best alternative to a car. The other day I took the free shuttle to the Coaster, paid $5, rode the train to the Old Town station, transferred for free to the Green Line trolley to SDSU transit center, paid another $2 and caught the #15 bus to Adams and Kensington. Total trip time: 2 hours 40 minutes. Total cost: $7. Not sitting in 805 traffic: priceless. I think I'll research that bike option....
!http://www.active.com/Assets/Running/ActiveMonarchSchool+07.jpg!It was a great weekend in Active's hometown of San Diego with the America's Finest City Half-Marathon and 5K. It was the 30th anniversary of one of the country's best halfs--the scary part is I ran in the first one!
Before we get to that race, TOYA REAVIS ran a cross-country race in Oceanside, California, and was 10th overall and second in her age group of 40-44. She ran a 21:53 on a tough, hilly course.
CARSON SPECHT and his brothers climbed Donner Summit to Frog lake for a total distance of nine miles round-trip at the elevation of 8,000 feet.
Now on to the AFC HALF...
STEPHANY CAVATONI is happy she finally has something to report! She completed the AFC 5K which was her first one in about 15 years. Glad you're back at it, Stephany.
He said "Hot, hot day, man." That was CHRIS BOHNERT who pushed through the half-marathon in a time of 1:55:35.
Running with friends always helps. JENNA CHABOT and TAMMI SCHMIDT ran together in the half around two-and-a-half hours. It was Jenna's first-ever half-marathon...all that training paid off!
MICHELLE NATION who is training for the Nike Women's Marathon in October used the half-marathon as a great warm-up. She ran 2:25 and is fund-raising for Team in Training for the Nike race.
And another fund-raising queen is LIZ HARRELL who had a smile on her face all morning, completing the AFC 5K in 29:13. She is also training for the Nike Marathon...happy training girls!
Another first-timer was BRAD LAMOTTE running his first 5K ever in a great time of 29:13 and said the race was "masterfully announced." He must want a free entry into his next event!
So AMBER MARTIN worked the Padres game on Saturday night for the radio station and got to bed around 1 a.m. But it didn't seem to bother her because she ran the half-marathon in just over two hours.
Active.com had a few husband-and-wife teams in the events. CHRISTY PLUCIENNIK ran with her husband, Todd. They finished together (which is a good thing) in a time of 49:49 for the 5K. Wonder if they were holding hands at the finish?
Another team was DAVE and CHRISTINE ALBERGA running the half-marathon together (sightings had Christine running and Dave shuffling). They finished in 2:41:34. Christine, don't feel bad they were taking the mile mark signs down as you passed them. It's hard to run so slow on purpose!
CARRIE SMITH had a huge goal to run the Sixth Avenue hill all the way without walking. Well she did it and finished with a fantastic time of 2:02:06. A few minutes slower than last year because of the heat but thats OK, Carrie...you kicked butt!
ANGIE TOWERY had a special day because her sister ALICIA flew in from Dallas so they both could complete their first half-marathon together. The siblings came in together in a time of 2:24 and are now looking at doing the Triple Crown of the AFC Half, La Jolla Half and Carlsbad Half next year.
She had couple of tough weeks with a car accident and concussion but that didn't keep JESSICA BRUSTAD down. She was going to do the half but opted wisely for the 5K and did it in 28:21. Her mom came in from Phoenix to be at the finish line for her. We will miss you here at Active, Jessica, but you will succeed in no matter what you choose!
JAMIE SNOW had to run and she did while some of her peers decided to walk. Good decision, Jamie, covered the 5K in 39 minutes.
TARA KINCAID and DORI KARTALIS had a ton of fun in the 5K. And they saved me by giving me breakfast of a Clif bar and Gatorade...thanks, girls. Tara must be really hurting today because she took a PTO day.
It must be contagious because we had another first-time half-marathon runner in SHANNON TURNER. She ran a great time of 2:24:31. She said "I thought the first three miles were downhill but I feel like I went uphill more that down hill." Welcome to the AFC course, Shannon.
So I'm looking down the finish line with my binoculars and I see MIKE COLEMAN being escorted in by a few Active girls, of whom DANILELLE GRASSI and INGRID SANDERS were part. They finished in 2:37:08 all together and COLEMAN looked like he really enjoyed the experience...no kidding! But it was like a thorn in between a bunch of roses!
KAREN PERRICONE had a goal for the half-marathon to be at 1:50 but ran a time of 1:56. Karen be proud--because of the heat most of the times were off by 10 minutes.
We had a team member fly in the 5K, it was NUNO COSTA who finished sixth in his age group with a fast time of 19:10. He had a goal to break 19 but said he wasn't "zoned in" for about a 30-second period during the race. How many of you would like to run 19:10 for a 5K and NOT be zoned in?
JENNI MILLER ran her first AFC Half-Marathon in 2:34:01 and now feels pretty motivated and excited to also do the Triple Crown next year.
How about someone who who ran their first running event ever--and does the half-marathon and not the 5K? Well, that was what MICHELLE SHAFFER did. She goes and runs a 2:12:02 and says "as hot and grueling as it was I think those were the quickest two hours of my life." Isn't it amazing, Michelle, how time flies when you're having so much fun?
KELLY BROWN ran the half-marathon in 2:26 and looked great at the finish but is limping around the office today.
LAUREN PISCO had a great time except for the Sixth Avenue hill and broke two hours, running 1:57:43.
This is so cool: The overall Female No. 1 and No. 2 in the half-marathon yesterday hailed from Japan. They are identical twins HIROMI and TAKAMI OMINAMI. HIROMI won the race in an incredible time of 1:12:49, two minutes ahead of her twin.
But the story doesn't stop there. Identical twins MICHELLE and LARA ULRICH came down the finish chute together in 1:34:40 and looked great while the crowd went crazy. MICHELLE works here at Active and twin LARA works at Elite Racing, producers of the Rock 'n' Roll Marathons. Check out the picture of them with the winners of Hiromi and Takami. If you didn't guess, the ULRICHs are the TALL ones! They are even featured in the SD Union Tribune newspaper this morning in sports.
LAST BUT NOT LEAST. The biggest reason everyone ran was to help raise funds for MONARCH SCHOOL and the program to feed the kids. The grand total of this incredible team effort lead by the passionate ALLISON REUTTER was $19,800. You all should be very proud knowing that it is in giving that you receive. Congrats, everyone!
Our weekend was led by TOBY GUILLETTE who likes to be outdoors for long periods of time. He was putting one foot on front of the other for 15 hours and completed a 50-mile ultramarathon here in SoCal.
We give Toby big props for sticking it out, especially in the last 2.5 hours in the pitch darkness of night, ascending 2,500 feet in six miles. He battled fatigue (no kidding), nausea and mild hallucinations (seems normal) to be the very last finisher! He said “my body is destroyed but starting to recover.” Congrats Toby for sticking it out!
Another person who likes to go long is GALE BERHARDT, our resident coach. She did the Leadville, Colorado, 100-mile mountain bike race. Wow, Gail really practices what she preaches!
JESSE HAMMOND competed in the Camp Pendleton Sprint Triathlon and finished 19th in his 25-29 age group with a time of 1:38:13. Great work, Jesse.
And to WANDA PREUSS, our receptionist extraordinaire in SD who a year ago broke her shoulder and humerus in six places in an accident but is now feeling much better...she is now getting back into shape and proudly completed the five miles around Lake Miramar. Way to go, girl!
YOU WILL NOT BELIEVE THIS NEXT STORY!
Now I suspect this one will go down thru the ages here at Active. PATTI ROSENTHAL had a run-in with a 150-pound mountain lion this weekend. She was alone riding her mountain bike near her home of Durango, Colorado, and Mr. Lion appeared eight feet in front of her on the trail. Patti’s first comment was “I could see her friggin' whiskers, it was so close”.
So the lion held its ground and what does Patti do? She start to roll her bike towards it (must be the elevation) and finally the cat turns and trots up the hill. Patti's other comment as she rode past the lion while it strolled away? “I continue riding up the trail following this HUGE thing. I'm telling you, she was as big as my dogs and had a huge long tail and big frickin' paws. Then I'm thinking maybe it's a tame mtn lionsomeone's petWTF. This is not right. I'm riding up the trail following a mountain lion. Then the thought crossed my mind that I could be breakfast so I screamed at the thing and he finally ran off.”
Well, Patti, it’s hard to say what we would have done in the same situation but I know most of us here would have GONE THE OTHER WAY. We are glad you are OK but from now on, ride with someone out on those trails!
The Colts did beat the Patriots last year "fair and square" as for the first time they shut their mouth and Manning played team football so Joseph Adai basically won the game for them.
Injuries are part of the game and to persevere and win thru them is a sign of a championship team like in the 2005-06 playoffs.
The Patriots had some of their best players injured for the playoff game and some Colts players stated they should just give them the super bowl ring - result the Patriots won 20 - 3.
This year looks to come down to another AFC Championship Super Bowl winner with the big 3 being the Patriots, Chargers, & Colts.
If the Chargers learn from the Colts to keep their mouth shut (no "lights out dance" for minor plays as in hurrying a QB) and play like a team (swat down or take a knee when intercepting the ball on 4th down instead of trying to score a touchdown then fumble it away) they have the best shot to beat the Pats - as far as the Colts - They are one and done as far as championships for the near future. Manning can keep his stats.
After losing Corey Simon last week, I was upset to learn Anthony McFarland is out for the season. An equal replacement will be tough to find. In the end I believe there is no need to fret. Last night was just practice for the Indianapolis Colts and a solid team takes more than one person. They'll get things squared away and build. I believe they can still pull off a fantastic season. Maybe the HD referee play reviews will make all the difference.