“It’s something that you can keep doing. It’s hard to play football when you’re 50 years old,’’ said Rob Bradlee, 53, of Reading, who is a Nordic ski coach at the Cambridge Sports Union and an avid competitor. “It’s much gentler on the body than running because there’s less pounding, and you can do a lot more of it.’’
Skiers also embrace an intimacy with nature that comes with the sport.
“I love the aesthetic of exploiting the snow, of relating very intensely to exactly how the snow is structured, how to slide as far and get as good a kick as possible, and then the life lessons that come from racing,’’ said Roger Wilson Jr. of Winchester.
“I’m 60 years old, I’m just learning how to race, and I’ve been racing all my life.’’
That attitude—of searching, striving, and doing—embodies a philosophy that is gaining popularity all the time. For Wilson, and for countless other older athletes, age is truly just a number.
Let your fingers do the running
Finding sports groups online
New England Senior Hockey League—neshl.com
L Street Running Club, Boston—lstreet.org
Cambridge Sports Union—www.cambridgesportsunion.org
Weston Ski Track—skiboston.com
Mass Senior Games—www.maseniorgames.org