CONWAY — Ted Sares, the burly North Conway resident, has been recovering from a muscle pull and attendant painful back spasms that ironically were not caused by powerlifting, and has been undergoing physical therapy.
He had planned to compete in the push/pull category at the APA Canadian-American Open in Brattleboro, Vermont in May and then on an APA team in the 30th annual WPA World Championships in Sainte-Thérèse, Canada (near Montreal) Sept. 18-20.
Now, given the coronavirus, the soon-to-be 83-year-old said he has retired from sanctioned powerlifting in this his second lifting career that began about 10 years ago. He also lifted in the late seventies in the New York City area.
Sares said he will continue to work out in his fully outfitted home gym, but at a more tolerant pace. He added that his biggest regret by far was that he had recently been hitting second-career highs in the bench press using a tight-fitting bench shirt, but now those achievements will be confined to his memory bank.
“Somehow, powerlifting just didn’t seem all that important in the greater scheme of things given what is happening in the world and to many of his friends,” he said.