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ATHLETICS

Competitive Couple Sets Decathlon Example

T

he 2010 Spring Decathlon is now in the books. MAC’s intrepid Decathlon Committee members have discarded their athletic apparel and donned their green eyeshades. Scoring the results of MAC members’ hard work is always a rewarding experience.

A successful decathlon experience does not necessarily occur overnight. A student studies, reads and takes practice tests in order to be ready for her final examination. The same approach applies here: “No pain, no gain” and “No sweat, no sweet” (as the ancients used to say) might be decathletes’ preferred mottos.

MAC members Daemon and Nevenka Anastas personify this approach. Their lessons assist aspiring and veteran decath- letes in having a positive experience. Nevenka has participated in the spring and team decathlons since shortly after she and her husband, Daemon, joined MAC five years ago. She holds individual club records in the 1,000-meter and 2,000-meter ergometer (stationary rowing) events. Nevenka is a regular participant in MAC Max Force and Zumba classes. She strives to add new athletic skills in these classes and when she trains individually. Improved jump rope, push-up and pull-up counts are a current goal.

Daemon was a collegiate swimmer, wrestler and rower. He has competed in MAC’s Team and Spring decathlons since joining the club. He has been a Bud Lewis Award winner and it is no surprise that

he holds the club 2,000-meter ergometer record. His training and practice regimen differs from Nevenka’s. Daemon works out individually and as a member of a men’s soccer team. He also rows his own ergom- eter at home. Daemon’s current goal is to make a credible showing in the Ironman competition.

The Anastas’ differing approaches are a lesson for all would-be decathletes. No single approach works for everyone. Despite differing successful approaches there are many similarities. Decathletes enjoy an enviable camaraderie. Friendly competitors encourage participants to have a good time while maintaining physical fitness in a positive environment. New friendships are forged. Positive modelling for the athlete’s offspring is a welcome benefit. The Anastas both agree that friends and family make the MAC decathlons regular events on their family’s crowded calendar.

For those who competed or considered competing in the 2010 Spring Decathlon, keep in mind that the Fall Team Decathlon is starting in early November, and is a good tune up for next year. All participants are welcome in both the Spring Decathlon and the fall Team Decathlon, no matter what their experience or skill levels. The committee strongly encourages first-time participants.

For more information, call the Fitness Office at 503-223-8573 or go to theMAC.

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Nevenka and Daemon Anastas compete in the rowing event of the MAC Decathlon.

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