by Gill James
Today for Eva it was the cross-runner, perhaps the most difficult of all, and she was nicely distracted by the TV screen in front of her.
Up went her heart-rate and her speed as the four young men in their canoes passed the finishing line first. Back to normal speed and then another surge of effort as two young ladies secured another gold.
Seconds later she reached her own finishing line.
“Third in class,” said the machine.
“That would be a bronze, then,” thought Eva, though the class was age 60, weight 64 kilos, level two difficulty.