So, what are your plans for your 95th birthday? I thought about that question after reading the life story of 95 year old athlete Leland Mcphie.
At last weekend US masters indoor championship Leland Mcphie competing in the weight toss,threw a 35-pound mass nearly 22 feet. It wasn’t a record, but it was good enough to win his age group.
That age group? 95 years and older. His is a story of 78 years athletic career.
According to a story of Leland Mcphie in the San diego tribune,
- Born in Salt Lake City in March 1914, the oldest of nine children
- a self-taught pole vaulter at Colton Union High School from 1929 to 1933.
- At San Bernardino Valley College in 1935, using a bamboo pole, he set a vault record (12-10) that endured until 1961.
- In 1973 he began playing tennis.
- In 1994 he discovered the track out of curiosity. Dressed in tennis clothes and shoes, he tackled the 50-meter dash – and won his first race.
Mcphie training plan
He trains five days a week, he’s either toning muscles on the weight machines at the YMCA or practicing throws and jumps.
“He does a crossword puzzle each day,” McPhie’s granddaughter, Rochelle Michaels, told the Trib. “He has continued to exercise all his life. He has a strong spirit. He’s amazingly inspirational.”