I met Katherine Jeter a couple nights ago. Serendipity really. We were having breakfast and saw a pitch in the Summit Daily for a talk that night at the Summit County Community Center. The advert on page 16 immediately caught my attention because it was some older dude shredding it on his longboard. Kindred spirits. The speaker at the event was Katherine Jeter.
Katherine learned to ride a bike at 69. Two years later (2011) she cycled 3100 miles cross country. In 2013 her group of 9 women (all over the age of 60) summited Mount Kilimanjaro (19,000'). She winters up in Summit County to take advantage of all the snow activities (yes she still actively skis downhill). Inspiring stuff.
Of all the topics that I post about, I am convinced that activity and social connection are the most important at any stage of our life, but even more so in the last third. I'm reluctant to repeat blog post themes, but this one is just too important. If I learned anything by being on the leadership team at a technology company it was that repetition is good. You can't over communicate. So I'm going to repeat myself as I run across people that are special and have a message. Katherine Jeter is one of those people.
A few weeks ago I wrote a post that referenced Chris Crowley's movement, Younger Next Year. Katherine's message is the same. I have to wonder how many other ambassadors of this movement are out there? I think the numbers are increasing.
It was snowing pretty good the night of Katherine's talk. I wasn't expecting a big crowd. Imagine my surprise when we walked in to the Hossier room and it was PACKED! Also astonishing was that the 100+ people attending were all fit ... but that's Colorado for you. One person said they had skied their age in days this year (65). Another said they've skied 130. I feel good that I'll finish the season around 25, but clearly I'm a slacker. The social aspect of this group was impressive too. It seemed like most knew each other and often would ski together, bike together, hike together & meetup together.
I like my posts to be actionable, so here is the call to action. Katherine is featured in Tom Rath's new 66 minute documentary called, Fully Charged. We watched it on our Apple TV (sorry not on Netflix). It is a compliment to his book called, Are You Fully Charged?
Watch the movie, read the book! Get off your ass and start moving. Meet up with some friends and plan an epic adventure.
It was nice to meet you Katherine Jeter!
P.S. I wanted to use the image from the Summit Daily, but couldn't make it work. So found this website with the image I ended up using. Midlife Crisis: The Unaccomplished Longboarder.