Name: Peter Doyle
What are your interests, hobbies, and talents outside of MCAC?
Interests - I am a greenie weenie. Organic lawn, food, hybrid car, compost, freeze at 67 degrees, but, my dark side helps feed 40 plane loads of 747s full of non recycled tennis balls.
I serve as the Chair for the Town of Barnstable’s, Infrastructure and Energy Committee. Our efforts are recycling, green community, EV charging stations, climate change initiatives. All Cape towns have many committees for just about anything, join, be part of the solution.
I also serve on the Cape Light Compacts board as the Town of Barnstable’s alternate. They are the organization that does “free” house energy audits and helps reduce costs for insulation, heat pumps, lighting etc.
And I am a Barnstable Land Trust land steward which means myself and the others go bushwacking, litter picking, etc to maintain the Trust’s lands. The purpose being to preserve open space and character of Cape Cod, the reason we live here.
Hobbies - I own a sailboat and can successfully keep it perpendicular. I garden (organicly, naturally) and had ten tomato plants last year and about that many tomatoes. Golf in the fair weather but not necessarily in the “fair”way. I own a bunch of guitars and only play when the house is empty. I like banging around the house fixing things.
Talents - none.
When you’re not at MCAC, where would we find you?
I don’t want to be found, I’m a guy. Or ask Google or Amazon or Visa they follow me around all the time. If your really looking I like TJ’s, Whole Foods, Home Depot, the library, Rt 6A on back and forth to tennis. If you find me buy me lunch at Panera.
What days/times are you normally at MCAC?
I sign up for the Bach group 3 days a week and endure the billions of match reversions as a result.. Plus town team, Mashpee, RMPM, (real men play for Mashpee).
Tell us about your sports and fitness background.
Tennis, Tennis, Tennis. Nautilus, free weights twice a week, I hate it, But…….
When did you start at MCAC? How did you first get exposed to MCAC? How did your first couple of workouts go?
I played tennis as a kid, quit in college, got invited to play with a group at the Hyannis club in the mid 80s. My Mom, in upstate NY, knew another Mom with a kid on the Cape who needed a player, small world. I have been a member of MCAC for 35 years or so. Who knows how the first workouts went, I am still alive.
What is your favorite movement/workout?
This must be a trick question. There are people who like working out?
What impact has MCAC had on your life?
MCAC is a great place. The exercise has probably saved untold lives. Getting the husband or the wife out of the house has probably saved untold marriages. Credit goes to Peter Bach for his ceaseless efforts to save us from ourselves. I tell my sweetie, when headed for tennis, “I am leaving you”. That’s the good news, the bad news is, I’ll be back.
Do you have a favorite MCAC moment?
I was playing the add court receiving serve from Tim, a big brute, a righty and possessor of right angle spin serve out into the duce court, geometrically impossible. He aced me, once, he was lucky, I thought. Twice, still lucky. Three times and now my partner was giving me dirty looks, it's not luck, I was doomed. In came another serve which spun out to my right into my partners duce court. I was ready and lunged for it and then knew I’d never get itl. I yelled “Yours”. And awhile back the Mashpee town team came in second which the other teams have set out to correct.
What is your advice for people just getting started or thinking about starting MCAC?
Just do it
What is keeping you at MCAC?
The hope that someday I’d be member of the month and my jealousy of other preening members of the month would then be soothed. And, the dark thought that I have a mental aberration that persuades me that I can learn a feared backhand, a volley that goes over the net and a serve that lands in, ACE, at least once a set.