About eight weeks ago, I started stepping up my game a notch or two, as far as my own personal fitness journey goes – and next week is the payoff.

Sometime in the morning on Wednesday, I’ll be stepping onto the pole vault runway at the University of New Mexico Track and Field and Soccer Complex in Albuquerque for the National Senior Games competition. Thousands of the best senior athletes in the country will be there – and I’m included on the list of qualifiers.

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