Superbowl Weekend on Mount Baldy
With 111 Million viewers in the United States, the Superbowl was the single most watched program in US television history. A few years ago I realized that if my football team, the New England Patriots, wasn't playing, it would be the perfect day to head for the slopes.
Now lest you think me unpatriotic for not watching American Football, I assure you that while I was at Boston Latin School, I covered nearly every football game as a photographer and ultimately yearbook editor. Although I'm neither a Steelers nor Chargers fan, if I favored anybody it would have been Green Bay. I watched the team win the first Superbowl with my father, 45 years ago. The Superbowl trophy is named the Vince Lombardi Trophy, for the immortal coach who won Superbowl I. Once I got a chance to watch Lombardi coach, seeing him zipping around the football field on a golf cart, exhorting his team to do better. I even met Superbowl hero Joe Namath once on a sail to Bimini.
Since I had no real interest in Sunday's game, It was up to Mt. Baldy I drove.
Saturday was absolutely delightful. I picked up my skiing where I had left off the year before. I've never been a great skier, probably because I started late in life. I'm still astounded by the little kids who fearless whip past me down the mountain tucking and hugging the fall line while I make my turns. Still as a solid intermediate, I get the thrill of the wind in my face as I speed downhill faster than I've ever run, matching the fastest I've ever raced downhill on my road bike.
Weather conditions were mild with brilliant sun but the temperature didn't augur well for the longevity of the snow pack. Although Los Angeles got hammered with precipitation in December, practically nothing had fallen in January. Sure enough skiing Superbowl Sunday on one run I had done the day before there was a patch with no snow. I had to take off my skis and walk for a stretch. In early February, spring had arrived.
Although I do find that my muscles get sore more readily as I age, I plan to stay active for as long as I can, a key lesson that I learned from the anti-aging seniors I met and interviewed for the anti-aging DVD "Reverse Aging Now" available at www.ReverseAgingNow.com.
I'm no longer shocked by the deterioration of so many of my classmates whom I see on Facebook. Last night I place mixed doubles tennis with three other middle-aged athletes. When I told them about the documentary and they asked me what the secret was, I explained that all of us were already practicing the first two steps, keeping a healthy body mass index and getting plenty of exercise. Those are good places for all of us to start.
photo of Paul Suchecki by Bradley Hammes
Anti-Aging Diary c. 2011 Checkmate Pictures