Glen Winkel

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Glen Winkel - Why I'm not running more....
Why I'm not running more....

“The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra...”

City: Colorado Springs State: CO

Favorite Shoe: Tigers (asics) Size: 8.5

Age: 66 years old

Marital Status: single

Family members:
2 children: my 25 yr-old son living in Tampa, FL and my 21 yr-old daughter living in Stockton, CA and attending University of the Pacific. I also live with a 16-year old Congo African Gray who thinks she owns my house! So I really live in a bird's cage with a parrot!

What I do for work:
I am a former research scientist and now I interpret all that ivory tower information to help people stay healthy and avoid injury, illness and (gulp) death. So I give seminars on specific areas of health (, consult and coach my clients on their health and also coach other athletes, mostly cyclists.

Places I’ve called home and why I like where I am now:
Long Island, NY (childhood), Massachusetts (high school and college),
San Francisco, CA (too long, 23yrs), I love it here! (Colorado Springs). I really love living near the mountains!

When I started running and what got me started:
I ran cross country in high school and college, but didn't continue running once I started bike racing back in 1981.

What does running mean to me:
Running helps keep those little used muscles in bike racing exercised and strengthens my core muscles. Actually running is so much slower than cycling! Perhaps that's why I race bikes! I may be addicted to speed!

Running accomplishments: View my Pikes Peak Ascent/Marathon results
My first time running the Ascent (2004), without any training I clocked a 3:45, so I know that IF I train I can go faster. My only other PR is on the incline from the trailhead (not the bottom) I've clocked a 22:27. I am hoping to do better in 2009 now that my heart is working normally again. And this year I plan to train for the Ascent!

What I like about trail/mountain running:
Running up hill, the peace, quiet, and tranquility.

Favorite running trail and why:
I love running up Pikes Peak, but only do it for the Ascent. Also love the Incline, but don't like running downhill.

Favorite trail/mountain race and why:
I love to run uphill and the Ascent is the best uphill race there is. Someday, I'll break the 3 hour mark (perhaps if I train?)

Best running experience:
Never thought I would finish the 2004 Ascent since I hadn't run since Jan! Seeing the final few mile markers was a huge thrill.

Worst running experience:
The 2005 Ascent, where my heart went into atrial fibrillation and I was hypoxic. The goal was to finish as it was the 50th running and I was as old as the race! Sure would be nice to run the 100th Ascent, but I'd be as old as the race! Hummmmm.

Something non running related that no one would guess about me:
I also love to ballroom dance, especially Waltz, Foxtrot, Night Club 2-step and Rumba. I used to fly hang-gliders and built and flew my first hang glider in high school in Massachusetts, a Cronk V! (Darn near killed myself too and have the yearbook pictures to prove it! My classmates STILL ask me if I am flying hang-gliders!

Other hobbies and interests:
I race bikes and also short track speedskating so most of my training is on the ice and on the bike. That's why I'm not able to run as much as I'd like to. Of course I do prefer riding and skating to running, so that plays a part in my choice of exercise. ;-)

Other stuff:
I had the new cryoballoon pulmonary vein isolation surgery in Feb of 2008 and since then have been able to race competitively on the velodrome, without any complications or arrthymias! After learning of so many other runners and cyclists who have developed Afib, I put together an information website about atrial fibrillation for athletes.
On the site, I chronicle my experience, what I learned and some of the science underlying Afib. I also have information on several of the possible surgeries and info on many of the common drugs prescribed for Afib. I have also been compiling stories of other athletes who have had experiences with Afib.

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