Tale of two jumpers: the bodacious Jim Barrineau and Kay Glynn
Jim Barrineau and Kay Glynn won their respective high jumps at Lisle nationals вЂ” Jim with an M55 American record 1.80 (5-10 3/4), topping the event’s oldest record (the legendary 1.79 or 5-10 by Herm Wyatt in 1987). Kay didn’t set a record, but her W55 gold-medal performance was equally stupendous. She cleared 1.34 (4-4 3/4) at age 59 despite signaling only five months earlier that her track career might be over. After five months and five doctors, she was told Jan. 23 at the Mayo Clinic that she had been born with hip dysplasia, leading to advanced arthritis and two cysts. But she made it to Lisle and excelled. Her story follows.
When I saw Kay’s name in the Lisle results вЂ” for the high jump, pole vault, triple jump and even hammer throw вЂ” I had to know how she achieved her comeback.
She graciously responded:
I haven’t had my hip replaced yet. I found a doctor in Omaha in late April who put me on Meloxicam (anti-inflammatory for arthritis) and by mid-May I went from not being able to go upstairs to not limping at all!
So even though he agreed with the Mayo Clinic that I needed the total hip replacement, I don’t need to have it done right now if I am comfortable by staying on Meloxicam with no side effects, and if my hip doesn’t deteriorate out of place. I have an October appointment to have X-rays repeated to see what it looks like.
Also, after all kinds of research, I am rethinking the Mayo’s advice that I “call it good after some great accomplishments and move on to something else.” That’s just not how masters track people work! Senior athletes should not sell themselves short — we have to speak up. I took pictures and videos to my doctors and said, “This is normal for me. I want to be normal after surgery.”
It’s senior athletes like us that will teach doctors what is possible after they’ve done their part in repairing our bodies. Maybe they’ll change what they “advise” people to do after surgery.
If I don’t have it replaced this fall, I will just continue to practice technique work in pole vaulting and do hip strengthening exercises. Seriously, all the other events stress it more. If I have it replaced this fall, vaulting will be the first event I will consider going back to. Even though “normal” people who’ve had a total hip replacement say that you don’t even need to rehab with hip surgery, all of us masters track people know better–we rehab after everything!
I was happy to get a PR in the hammer throw at nationals in Lisle (just to have something to do the first day), win vault the second day just 6 inches shy of my world record, and get a silver in triple jump the 3rd day. On the 4th day, it was especially fun to get a gold in high jump as I jumped off my poor right leg — I’m no Phil Raschker — haven’t been able to practice high jumping to learned to change legs! One event a day seemed to give it some recovery time.
I was SO happy to just be at the meet, do a few things, and get to see and visit with everyone! I didn’t mean to be a liar when I said that I was done. I thought I was.