It’s Never Too Late to Achieve Your Athletic Aspirations
Posted Sep 20 2011 12:33am
As George Elliott so aptly put it: ”It’s never too late to be what you might have been“. This quote has really resonated with me this year as I’ve watched someone close to me at age 45 realize athletic aspirations that eluded him as a younger man, including qualifying for the World Duathlon Championships. Furthermore, he has achieved PRs (personal records) in several events, beating men half his age. He’s arguably in his athletic prime and he’s shown me that it’s never too late to ‘be the athlete you might have been’.
Physiologically, older athletes need more recovery time. They also need more warmup time before training and especially competing. But the most important ingredient to a masters athlete’s success is consistency. Consistent training and competing is essential to injury prevention and injury prevention is critical because older athletes take longer to heal and longer to get back in shape after a layoff. No longer does the weekend warrior approach to fitness work for seasoned competitors. Regular workouts, healthy eating habits, quality sleep – all are necessary to keep older athletes injury-free. What they lack in youthful physicality, however, masters athletes more than make up for in wisdom and experience. Older athletes are typically smarter athletes – both in their training and lifestyle habits and in their competitive strategies.