Good article from today's Washington Post.
Wadda ya mean getting?
Then again, I don't know that I would be all that dissappointed if I could run 100m in about 18s when in the 90-94 age group!
I'm not getting older! I'm just losing youngness.
Hold on, I need to go get my glasses and read it again, but first let me unbutton my pants before I get up... they seem a little tight.:D
At least I have experience on my side.....
very interesting looks like I've got a lot of time though lol
Not getting older, just getting faster! ;)
Not looking or feeling any older. But man, I sure am getting wiser!!
Its funny, my husband asked me to clarify what I mean by "girls" that I know. We're all in our mid to late 30's, or older, and I'm still calling myself and them [I]girls[/I]. Mentally I'm not a thirty-something, and physically I look much younger than my age (despite those nice white hairs that stick straight out of my head!).
[I]Age is a state of mind[/I]. With this attitude, [I]I'll [/I]be out there when I'm 90....
I thought I would have an easier time by transitionning from the 30-34 to 35-39 age group.
that 35-39 AG is tougher than I ever imagined it and from what I hear, it's nothing compared to the 40-44s!!!
The 40's are brutal....look at any race and you'll see the 40's turning in really fast times..often much faster than he 30's and 20's.
I am very proud to have won some ag awards in my 40's...Really looked forward to my 50-54...half the number of people that are in a 45-49 usually.The only problem...they're ALL fast!
My schtick is to get better - not older. That's my story and I'm sticking to it!
Not older, more aerodynamic (bald) and more efficient.
To paraphrase a book I just read:
"When a gentleman thinks it's time to color his hair...he shaves it off."
Why crave it? Shave it!
.....and when a lady thinks it time to color her hair, it probably is! :D
I'm with you Anton, in a coupla years I'll be in the 50-55 ag and hopefully the women will be slower and fewer:p
Interesting article - but no matter what we lose because of age, the benefits of staying active as we age should be everyone's top priority. I still feel like 21, act like 18 and luckily look a lot younger (thanks mom & dad).
I began doing Triathlons at age 57. Bike riding and open water swimiming were new sports to be learned; a newbie old enough to get AARP room rates. The beauty of it is that at age 63 now, I am still improving. My times in the same events get better every year because I was never any good to start off with, I suppose Probably, one day I will start dropping off but it doesn't appear to be happening yet. I feel it it could be attributable to already being an endurance sports person for many years (marathon runner). It is my belief that facing age is like being in the Alamo. I know they will get me sooner or later but aging is going to have come over that wall and take me...I anin't giving up without a fight until I am done.
I might die at 62 from a massive infarction during some race but...damn! I'll look good!...And remember..."It's better to look good than to feel good!"
mdittfurth...you rock! I agree...Noone gets out alive, but "I'll be a blue nosed gopher" if I'm going to sit in the rockin' chair...ever.
[QUOTE=mdittfurth;62400] My times in the same events get better every year because I was never any good to start off with, I suppose [/QUOTE]
EXACTLY! That's the beauty of being a late bloomer. Never older, always better. At least for the forseeable future.
Interesting read, something I've thought a lot about in this last year. My times have been steadily faster over the last 5 years, but I know sooner or later that peak is coming (I'll be 41 in a couple of months). Realistically, I've got about the next 5 years or less to be competitive in an overall sense, after that it'll just be age group stuff. And I really don't have the time at this point in my life to be putting in the training and the racing it would take to be highly competitive over the next few years (having young kids and all) so it looks like my time will come and go without that happening. It's something I'm really having to come to terms with. It's weird to think about peaking and never getting faster, really weird!
As far as finishing times goes, the 45 - 49 isn't that much slower than the 40 - 44. I took a look at the Kona qualifying times in the IM that I did, and the last 45 - 49'er that qualified was only 7 minutes behind the 40 - 44'er. So the competition is still pretty stiff, even in the next age group up.
Other than that, aging doesn't bother me at all. I swim with a bunch of guys who are in their 40s, 50s and 60s and they are all tough and really in great shape. Many of them place highly in their age group at Masters Nationals (I swim with a guy who swam a 1:09 for 100 [B][I]backstroke [/I][/B]at age 55!) I like being around them because I feel very positively about getting older and staying fit when I have such great examples around me.
Genetics. I'm real keen on the idea that genetics play a part in are ability to participate in endurance sports and to be able to do it at an older age even more so. I know that really grinds some peoples beans...but I really feel it's true. If you hang with some older athletes and ask questions you'll find they are all over the scale on aches and pains, speed, desire, recovery...but the folks that you find are consistant...have a gift. By a gift I don't mean fast necessarily...but the ability to go all day, to recover more easily, some folks are predisposed to get more benefit from their food than others. After years of pounding, my knees are in perfect shape. Good biomechanics I think, but I know others whose knees died long ago.
Maybe you'll peak Mom and not get faster...but why is "faster" the litmus test by which we gauge peoples athletic ability? (It might be for the younglings,but they'll learn;) )
There are so many paths in endurance sport...the best women ultra runners peak in their 40's. I get spanked by people much older than me all the time.
Hopefully, Mom, when your parents rolled the dice over you, you got all sixes...and you'll still be out there when the "fast" people are saying.."I used to do triathlons..."
Did my first tri last year at 37 -- and ys the 35-39 male group is fast! My goal is to be really competitive by the time I transition to 40-44. In each of my 3 races last year I moved up in Ag % -- 40%, 32%, 24% of finishers. Would like to be top10% by 40...
Age is a state of mind. I am the same person I've always been, I just look different in the mirror (and your willingness to take risks drops a bt with kids). Great thing about this sport is that I don't look quite as "different" than my college buddies.
No, not old. I think of it as being blessed with an abundance of chronology. Or perhaps, temporally accomplished. Superannuated.
I will be hitting the big 4-0 in May.
I PR'd my 9th marathon this fall, 36 minutes faster than my 1st one in 2003.
Maybe I am just train better or smarter?
[QUOTE=beads1985;63010]I will be hitting the big 4-0 in May.
I PR'd my 9th marathon this fall, 36 minutes faster than my 1st one in 2003.
Maybe I am just train better or smarter?[/QUOTE]
Na, it's the steroid injections your taking!
[QUOTE=bluebirdbiker;63011]Na, it's the steroid injections your taking![/QUOTE]
You can tell because I am so HUGE and Muscular can't you?:D
The head doesn't count HA! Ooops, that's me! :D
I'll be turning 41 in a couple of weeks and just started with my tri-training in January. Never ever done this before.... So I know I must get better as I get older. If you start at the bottom, as in even below the gopher holes, there's only up!:p
i'm 22. doing my first marathon the other weekend, i was passed by a young man in his 60's. we struck up a short conversation (before he blew by me), and he had done 150 marathons, and lots of them were ultra's.
but hey, maybe he had the advantage... i'd been training 6 weeks, and he had probably been training probably 40 years.
you older athletes just starting probably have some kind of advantage over those who have been doing it all along: by the time i'm 40, my knees will probably be gone thanks to long runs with poor form starting in middle school (currently correcting my form). i've gotta use them up while i've got 'em!!!
what is it they say about old age and treachery trumping youth and enthusiasm?
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