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Prairie Village, KS
Year of Birth: 1942

John W Anderson

John W. Anderson, a long-time runner, had a hip replacement that ended his running.  He also was a bicycle racer who “got tired of falling down and hurting myself.”  But Anderson is driven to stay in shape and loves to compete.  His orthopedist gave him the okay to racewalk, and in his late 60s he took up the sport.  “I’ve had no problem whatsoever with my hip,” he said.

“I train here in K.C. on the road as much as possible, doing hills, intervals, long walks, etc.  When the stormy winter weather dictates, I'll go inside on the track.  I work out 6 days a week (about 20 miles total race walking and one day on a stationary bike), with one day of rest.  I do upper and lower body weights twice a week.” (Note from author:  I don’t recommend racewalking on steep hills, especially downhill.)

In four years Anderson has had a couple of injuries.  A pulled hamstring took a few months to get back to full strength.  His quadriceps tied up on him in a race, and he fell but got up and finished the race.

Anderson learned the race walking technique from the Heartland Racewalkers, his local club, and from books by Jeff Salvage, Tim Seaman and Dave McGovern.  He participates in local 5K and 10K road races and competes in judged race walks at the local, state and national levels and usually places in his age group.  Anderson hopes to compete in world masters competition in the future.

“As for my suggestions for beginners, worry about technique before speed,” he said.  “The aerobic build up and speed will come with time.  Read books, watch videos, do clinics, observe at races and take advice from experienced friends.  Practice-Practice-Practice.  Be patient and remember that the mental side of racewalking is as important as the physical side.


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