In our blog, below in the heading About Us, it is noted that ‘we are an informal group of walkers dedicated to walking for fitness and pleasure, training to achieve our individual goals and enjoying the companionship and inspiration of like-minded women (and a few good men). We are serious about our walking but equally serious about laughing, talking and eating breakfast.’
Our blog (including the e mail) is full of individual and group narratives regarding congratulations , extended invitations and information about walking techniques, food and other information on trips and so on. We are not an exclusive group and we welcome information from WOW, coach Barb Gormley and others. We will soon be posting, under the training information section of our blog, information from Stafford (Ontario Racewalkers) regarding what is considered to be race walking shoes (yes , race walkers walk faster with certain types of shoes versus other shoes) and nutrition.
Our like-mindedness, movement (various walking styles) and sense of togetherness is noticed by others. Stafford , after the race walking training clinic was over, sent me an email and he reported ” I had a great time with your group. Now I know why you like them so much”. He told us at the clinic that he had observed a group of us walking last summer and that many already possess some race walking techniques. Present at the clinic were Diane , Ela , Fiona , Marcy, Mary and myself.
It was great seeing James (a member of our TPW group) walking with the race walkers(he has been coming to the race walking group). It was terrific knowing that while some of us were out at Mount Pleasant (Lee, Carol, Deb, Lynn, Susan S., Rorie and Susan E. – Sue joined them for breakfast!) others were at High Park at the clinic. I can hear Vera (from WOW) pushing her group forward as only Vera can do(I took two courses with her as the group leader and she was terrific).
It was also sad to know that some, because of health reasons, could not be present at either site. For those who are on vacation we wait for their return and of course the stories. How fortunate we are to have such a group and how fortunate I am to be a member a group called TPWs who ‘are serious about our walking but equally serious about laughing, talking and eating breakfast.’
Linked by movement (walking) and like-mindedness, we TPWs ‘are an informal group of walkers dedicated to walking for fitness and pleasure.’ Together we walk the distance.