I have missed my bloggy peeps. And, I hope you have missed me! And – If you are still reading this blog – Thank You!
Blogging helps keep me focused on staying fit, making goals, and racing! I also hope it inspires others to do these things as well.
So, here goes with a new blog post:
The past few years I have struggled with what I call the Aging Athlete syndrome.
- My overall fitness has declined.
- My speed has decreased.
- My weight has increased.
- My recovery time has increased
- my tried and true training plans leave me exhausted
- I walk around all day after hard workouts limping like an old fart!
- And, I don’t sleep well.
The whole broken collarbone saga didn’t help matters, as it was a huge setback in my fitness at a time when I was aready seeing declines.
The only thing that has kept me going at all is the fear of gaining weight. To be honest, I haven’t felt the competitive spirit in a very long time. And I’ve even considered throwing in the towel because just maybe – just maybe – I am too old for this triathlon stuff.
Then I saw this article about an amazing woman named Ernestine Sheperd. She is 77 years old and competes in body building competition. In a bikini. And she looks good in a bikini! Wait, correction – she looks great in a bikini! (I wonder if she limps around after hard workouts???)
Note: if you don’t see the embedded youtube video, go here instead: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=700883106622261
Ernestine’s story tosses aside any excuses I have about being too old. So I say to myself – “Get Over It!”. Stop feeling sorry for yourself, and get back out there and DO WORK! This lifestyle will keep me younger feeling longer!
Thank you Ernestine for your inspiration!