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I am 63 and got active again at my physician's suggestion. I have found it to be fun. I have flexabilty issues. I was taught as a highschool athlete to stretch before practice or an event. Actually we would do a gentle warm up lap or two and then stretch. I have read a school of thought about stretching being done as a workout ending. What do you suggest? I do know it is not pleasant to have a couple of cups of coffee in the morning and then hit the living room floor to strech, or to walk outside cold and try to stretch a hamstring before going for my version of a jog. I am glad you are with us and thank you for your time.
I have to laugh a little. Not sure how much inspiration I can provide, but I can hopefully help from time to time with training thoughts as well as helping anyone that is interested in learning from the many mistakes I have made.

For those that might be interested, there is a duathlon this weekend up in Palouse, WA (about an hour north of LC Valley). Palouse River Duathlon. Funds go to help kids attend youth summer camp. I am going up to assist with timing the race.
As a 48 year old who recently embraced triathlons, I love it that you are hosting this forum! Although I have come to realize that I will not be an Olympian in this lifetime, I do enjoy competing. It keeps me motivated and interested. Triathlons keep things interesting. I hope to be the benefactor of some of your great inspiration!
What a cool format and a great way to discuss multi-sport events like triathlons, duathlons, etc... here in the LC Valley.

I was greatly honored to be asked about my interest in being a part of this group and only hope that I can add something to the discussions that may arise as well as answer questions whenever possible.

Initially I wanted to let you know a little about myself.

My name is Mike Collins. I am currently a professor of exercise science as well as the cross country and track coach at Lewis-Clark State College.

I grew up in southern Idaho and attended Boise State as an undergrad where after I figured my basketball days were over I started to get involved in bike racing as well as triathlons.

After graduating from BSU I moved to Salt Lake City to work on my master's degree and I joined the Brackman Brother's Cycling team (later to become Einstein Bagels). At the time this was one of the premier bike racing teams in Utah. My committee chair at Utah was also on the team (Steve Johnson - current president of USA Cycling as well as multi world champion). We also had a number of guys on the team that went on to do bigger and better things in cycling. Levi Leipheimer is a multi participant in the tour de france and I believe finished as high as 3rd one year. Also Dave Zabriske who has worn the yellow jersey in the tour. One of my best stories has to do with beating Dave many times in races. What I usually don't tell people is that he was 14 years old at the time. :)

Towards the end of my time in Utah I started gravitating to more of the multi-sport races. I enjoyed the bike racing, but I was looking for something a little more social and the fact that I knew how to swim and could run a little was some motivation for me. I did a lot of small tris in Utah and did my first "big" race just before moving back to Lewiston.

In 1996 I moved to Lewiston to begin my Ph.D. work at the University of Idaho, where I continued to do mostly triathlons and a few duathlons here and there. I have been fortunate enough to have had a little success. I have qualified for the US National age group championships 5 times. I have also completed two Ironman distance races and am planning on racing again in 2012 and 2013 at this distance in the hopes of qualifying for Hawaii when I move up to the 45-49 year age group. The biggest struggle is finding the time to train.

One thing I wish I had done in the past was train then more like I train now. Back in the late 90's I would run maybe 20-25 miles in a week. Long runs were maybe 45 minutes. I often wonder what I might have been able to do had I been smarter and more motivated. ??

As coach of the LC teams we have a lot of fundraising that we have to do in order for the team to survive. Among the many things we do is put on a number of fun runs, two duathlons and one triathlon a year. It has been through this that I have learned a lot about being a race director and putting on races from the other end.

I love the LC Valley and all of the opportunities to be outside, etc... here.

Additional notes about me include that I am married to my beautiful wife, Tracy, and have two beautiful daughters (Kassie - 10, and Emily - 7).

I am excited about being a part of this group and look forward to any questions you may have for me as well as all that I hope to learn along the way as well.

I will do my best to answer questions within the forum promptly, but at times, things can become hectic. Feel free to call if it is something real important.

Cheers and Godspeed.....

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