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2011-03-17 12:05 AM
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Donskiman - 2011-03-16 10:00 PM

I started when I was 45. At 55 I'm still getting better. I think I still have a few good years left. I've already had a couple PRs this year and also a couple AG wins.

In a local 5K this past weekend, a 64 year old guy ran 17:39. That gives me something to aspire to. A relatively young guy - only 42 - ran 15:07 for the overall win.

Are you sure about that?



2011-03-17 6:25 AM
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Best years?  So far, I haven't found an age I'd go back to instead of where I am now.  (That might change one day though.

2011-03-17 6:32 AM
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I am 42 and I am faster, stronger, and I look better than I did at any other point in my life.

 

Rogillio, do you need a hug?

2011-03-17 9:13 AM
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Given that I'm only 34...

 

I hope the new 25-30 years be my best years...

2011-03-17 10:54 AM
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Well, my best years as an "athlete" are behind me, but my "best years" in sport are just beginning. I have had more joy watching my kids play sports than I ever had competing in them myself. I'm still an athlete, but its not realistic to say my "best years as an athlete" are in front of me. 38 ain't 28.
2011-03-17 11:04 AM
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I understand where you are coming from my friend..  I doubt I'll be running sub 6min /miles (just barely) back when I was younger.   The best years are behind me since I'm just like my buddy Slim Chin  cause I"m faaasstt..

do I still have good years left sure..    To me it's more of a health/injury issue and the recovery time sucks.   

 

 



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pga_mike - 2011-03-17 6:32 AM

I am 42 and I am faster, stronger, and I look better than I did at any other point in my life.

 

Rogillio, do you need a hug?

 

Thanks, no, I'm good.  I have lived my life the best way I knew how at the time.  I have done more in my 48 years than many do in 3 lifetimes so I have very few regrets. 

Live large and swing for the fence my friends! 

 

 

2011-03-17 11:12 AM
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Best Years!  Life is just getting started for me.

I just started triathlon last year.  I am 51 years old. I did 5 sprints, 1 oly and 1 HIM last year.  I have had 6 knee surgeries (including 2 reconstructions), 2 ab surgeries (hernias) and was hit by a car and have a floating disc in my lower back.  I have never felt better since training and doing tiathlons and my best years are definitely ahead. 

PS.  I also have a 2 year-old that I refuse to miss time with.  If it is a choice between him and training sorry tri but my wife and Jake comes first.

Best wishes all!

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2011-03-17 11:24 AM
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I feel more aches and pains these days (that darn hip...). But I've learned that best doesn't equal fast (for me at least). The enjoyment I get from training and improving is satisfying. Finishing a race after doing "my" best is great. I see many years ahead of enjoying endurance sports and trying to stay fit (Lord willing).

2011-03-17 12:45 PM
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I try not to think in those terms.  I don't have a "best year". I only have a "best day" and that's the one I'm living right now.  I don't want to be as good as or better than I was at 35, or 40. I just want to be as good as I can be today.

And for the record, I started doing tris at 40. Got on the podium for the first time last year at age 46. So, yes I can continue to improve performance-wise, it's just measured relative to my age group, not to myself from the past.

2011-03-17 1:37 PM
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kevmk81 - 2011-03-09 12:43 PM

As long as someone older than me finishes in front of me, I know I have better years to come.

My last 5k was at 21:00, I finished 8 seconds behind someone at least in their 60's (he didn't have an age on the results). I'm 29. I'm almost always passed up by someone in their 40's at the local races... I'm amazed at how fast some of them are! Even some folks in their 50's!


This is a very good point.


2011-03-17 1:49 PM
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I'm positive that if I had started earlier that I would be faster by now....but then again, you can always say that.

I'm just excited to be running on my two feet and seeing with my own eyes.

This sport does nothing less than show me how blessed I am, regardless of my speed.

2011-03-17 2:17 PM
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DanielG - 2011-03-09 9:25 AM My fastest probably are but I don't give a damn about that. My best years are still to be had.

X whatever by now

2011-03-17 4:51 PM
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Tom Demerly. - 2011-03-09 9:59 AM

"...a man's got to know his limitations."

The lesson of philosophy, history and physiology is that man has very, very few limitations and that those limitations that do exist are largely a matter of perception.

We each create our own reality- as Arthur C. Clarke said.

There are so many examples of this. Nearly an infinte amount.

Each morning I ride the bus with a young woman who bares a stunning resemblance to Anna Kournikova- long, flowing hair and all. She is also an impressive athlete and she illuminates the bus when she gets on at her stop. Yesterday we discussed, in detail, the evolution of reptiles to birds. She was amazingly well read and knowledgable on the topic. She works in public service at the University here- obviously has some kind of advanced degree. She is also an expert in dog training- to an uncanny degree. She has an amazing sense of fashion and alway goes to work looking like a million bucks. Her boyfriend is a dashing young lad- as he should be, who dotes over her despite the fact that- also she always shows appreciation- she doesn't seem to require it. In short, she is a remarkable woman for her education, poise, personality, athleticism and articulate nature. She's also blind from birth. She simply does not acknowledge it as a limitation.

Now, different from this woman, we perceive limitations imposed on us by age. But they truly do not exist. Despite brain damage and vision loss from a stroke, I am nearly as fast as was 10 years ago, although not as fast as i was when I was 24. I am, however, a better, more appreciative, more involved and experienced athlete in many ways.

Can you stop the clock at the same time as you and I did when we were 27? Maybe. Two words: Joe Bonness. He's done it. It is possible.

What may be the higher order is a growing, evolving, improving metric of our involvment and performance in the sport.

Best years behind me? No. Not at all. And I fully anticipate that when I die I will reflect back for a moment on everthing done before that time and do so with a smile, knowing it finally lead up to this- and I can finally lay down and get some rest....

OUTSTANDING perspective; run across these a few times a year; ALWAYS a needed slap in the face

2011-03-17 8:31 PM
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Hell no.
2011-03-18 2:05 PM
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I played college baseball with a coach who went nuts about physical conditioning in the offseason and I can honestly say that now (almost 27 and 7 years removed from that) I'm in better shape than I was then.  If I'm in better shape at 27 than at 20, why can't I be in even better shape at 37 (especially since a couple months ago I got engaged to a marathon runner)?


2011-03-31 10:58 AM
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I'm now 61, and I started triathlon at age 50, never having been a gifted athlete. In spite of a pretty nasty leg fracture in 2009, I raced in 2010 and am looking forward to two sprints, two Olympics, and one half-IM this season. Knowing that I'll never podium, race at Kona, or likely improve my PRs, I still love the sport. Maybe someday I'll qualify for Kona by being the last man standing. I met a 72-year old at breakfast the day after watching IM Wisconsin last fall. He had qualified by the lack of numbers in his age group.

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2011-03-31 11:15 AM
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My 40 year old self is currently running down all of the times I set as a 20 year old. Consistency, diligence and motivation have all helped me to keep improving and beating that punk kid I used to be.

I started triathlons at age 36 and still think of myself more as a runner who does triathlons. I am not yet on the downward slope. I am sure it will happen someday, but that day is not here yet.
2011-03-31 12:36 PM
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Subject: RE: Anyone realize their best years are behind them?
I think the question in the OP is tough to answer..In some ways, possibly. In others, no, still seeing some upticks. I freely admit I wonder about this sometimes, myself..

Nearly 48 and I'm starting to sense that if I don't change some of my approach to training, I'm going to lose top-end speed. More than ever before, I've got some focus in non-S/B/R activities - strength and flexibility, and that's my antidote to my limiters: less cooperative joints/legs that seem to be losing their springy-ness. Hope it helps...

Through the end of last season, I was still getting faster, though at a slower rate of gain. At this juncture, I'm starting to count on old age and treachery to trump youth and skill.
2011-03-31 2:24 PM
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I will be hitting 49 in a few months...just getting into Tri's this yr...as a matter of fact have signed up for a HIM in Sept.....gulp. I have experience in road and MTB racing...and a couple of Du's so not oblivious to what is ahead of me.....gulp.

Its amazing how memory serves an individual...especial when moments of glory filled your past and you think that as you get older,the best is behind you....like life, there are peaks and valleys...our memories of past accomplishments is what gets us thru those valleys until we reach another peak...those peaks may not be the same as in the past but rarely in life are any two the same...each unique and different in there own way....reflective of that current moment in time and creating a new memory that will eventually get you thru another valley on your way to another peak....perhaps your best ever.

Our best in never behind us....it is always infront of us and it just evolves as life does....now were are my shoes....I have a  10K run to do....boy does my back hurt...I must be getting oldWink

2011-03-31 3:56 PM
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Any year not yet lived has the potential to be the best ever.

My only job now is put myself in a position to experience as many of those years as I can.

I have no time for reminiscing, I am to busy planning the future.



2011-03-31 5:12 PM
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to Rogillio, in 2 years time you'll be the youngest in your AG again.

At 45 this is my 3rd year of triathlon, prior to this i've always been a cyclist and up until 3 years ago kidded myself I was fit. Devoting our time to bringing up 3 children over the last 19 years the weight gradually went up until I was close to 15st, The kids don't need as much of my time now and i'm back below 13st, feel great and i'm looking forward to my first IronMan later this year.

2011-03-31 6:34 PM
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hey you could spend the "best" years of your life as a couch potato, and not even realize any physical decline. we are just acutely aware of our bodies.
2011-03-31 8:56 PM
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2011-04-01 8:02 AM
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I hope to do this long enough that I start winning races by default.
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