Tuesday, January 10, 2012

40 is the new kick ass

Wanted to post this article from Lava Magazine writer Ryan Schneider (link)

Ryan interviews Paul Amey a triathlete and World Champion duathlete who recently posted a second place 8:01 at IM Arizona at age 38 (after only nine weeks of training following a nearly three-month hiatus).  What I love is that at even at 38 (thought to be old for a world class triathlete - ex: Craig Alexander just became the oldest person to win Kona at 38) he thinks the best is yet to come. “There’s no reason a guy who’s 40 can’t win Kona."

Brilliant....as an endurance athlete who is finally taking on IM at the very start of his decade four, I am totally drinking what Paul Amey is pouring. We tend to equate the age thresholds of stick and ball athletes to that of an endurance athlete. That just simply isn't the case. I really feel that my some of my best clock times are in front of me and not behind me.

Youth certainly marginalizes error in judgement...too much training, not enough sleep, mental lapses. But as you get older the real training and racing happens between the ears. Your body can't help you cheat anymore. You have to eat, train, recover smarter and more tactically. You have to shelve the bravado of your younger self and replace it with proper planning, strategy, knowledge and experience.

If you're 40 and you love it clap your hands (clap, clap), if you're 40 and you love it clap your hands (clap, clap), if you're 40 and you love it then you really ought to show it, if you're 40 and you love it clap your hands (clap, clap).

:)

-Him

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