The Devils Tower at 75

Not a bad way to celebrate your 75th birthday. Looks like a fun movie.

 

I've come across some great articles/notes on older-aged people doing sports and how to manage exercise load and capabilities. It's been very interesting seeing the notes to balance alongside the mountain of notes I'm collecting on youth and young adult development.....

"The last major concept important to older athletes is ‘auto-regulation.’  This is essentially a more complex way of saying ‘listening to the body.’  As people get older, their lives, thoughts, feelings, jobs, relationships, and purpose become more complicated. With a young athlete who is doing nothing but training, you can push them into training phases of over-reaching without worrying too much how it will impact their lives outside of training.  In an older athletes, pushing them into a period of over-reaching cannot only cause a scenario in the body they can’t recover from, but also add to the external stressors they face.  Being tired can make them less effective at their jobs, less effective in their marriages, less functional as parents to their children, and more.  So, it is essential that you get to know a masters athlete and what their priorities in life are in order of importance.  It is imperative, even if it becomes ‘imperfect training,’ that the quest as an athlete is always kept in perspective in relation to the other life factors.  If not, there will come a fork in the road where the athlete will have to give up their quest or make tremendous life changes."

From TrainingThinkTank.com

 

For anyone, looking on someone who has progressed to an incredible level, "Bruce Conner is faster as a speed skater at age 57 than he was as a 19 year old on the US National Team. I am here to help you to your next level, whether it is achievement in sports or a better quality life I can help." Check out his fascinating site/blog at FasterAsAMaster, many are great guidance to anyone juggling life, family, work, etc but also keen to optimise their time in their sporting pursuits. Good places to start are his Goals posts (part 1) and his Training Principles series (Part 1 of 8 linked here - links to the other 8 are at the bottom of his post) or his excellent guidance, from experience!, on building a support network:

  • Parents
  • Spouse
  • Coach
  • Children
  • Fellow athletes and training partners
  • Mental support
  • Health professionals
  • Volunteers
  • Employers
  • Network building
Neal McQuaid