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Five Questions: Jackie Yost

Published July 20, 2007


Jackie Yost is a lifetime lover of exercise. She graduated from college with a degree in physical education, health and recreation. She was a physical education teacher and a basketball coach and recently, at 79, won first place in the 75 to 79 age division of the Morton Plant Mease Care Triathlon held Sunday. The race included a 1/3-mile swim, 13-mile bike ride and 3.1-mile run. For Yost, that is a typical Wednesday of training at Fort De Soto Park. She has been training for triathlons and other physically enduring races since 1993 and said she probably runs 25 miles a week in addition to her 15-mile bike rides and half-mile swims.

5 Tell us a little about yourself. Why do you stay so active?

"I love to play, and I love sports. I love everything that keeps me moving. As we age, we need to keep moving. That is one of the things that me and my husband (Larry Yost) do. He is my training partner; we just love the sport of triathlon."

4 What is your training regimen?

"When we are training, we are preparing for whatever race is coming... You really step up your training, but you do it gradually. I work out six out of seven days. One day, perhaps, we will do biking and running. Then the next day we will go do track. Thursday, swim, bike and run; Friday, we swim; and Saturday, we take the day off; and Sunday, we do a long run."

3 What is the pay off?

"The old cliche is that to continue to be active, you do it because you can do it. And that is true for us. We can still do this, so we do it. One of my quotes before a race is I say I am going to show, go and finish. And once you do that, you are going to do it."

2 Have you noticed any changes physically because of your training and workouts?

"The thing is as you grow older, regardless of the time and effort put into it, your time is not as good as when you were young. In doing this, I noticed one time last year I knew that my time would not be fast, but I felt stronger. Getting faster is not going to happen... I just got to maintain. You want to keep yourself going at our age. You don't back off too much in doing something because once you get off, it is hard to get back in the rhythm."

1 What other changes have you noticed because of the physical regimen? What are your goals to keep you going?

"It does give you a lot of confidence. You feel good about yourself. It is something that you want to do, continue to do and be the best of what you are. We really do this to stay well. The thing is stay fit and stay well."


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