white wizzard wrote:
Thanks for your honesty white wizzard.
What do you thing about olympic triathlons and half Ironman?
I would stop triathlons because of the SWIM. You could get tachycardia , drop blood pressure, fall by the side of the road and likely survive in a road race. That happens in a swim and its over. You drown.
If I had what you have I would certainly stay fit but use MODERATION. No extreme efforts of either endurance or intensity.
Looking back on my life experiences my hikes in our great national parks were far more enjoyable and rewarding than any of the Ironman races I completed.
Boy do I agree with many comments here. Might as well offer my 2 cents. :o)
At 55, I have spent the last few years talking with older folks about racing. One common trend I have heard, and seen, is so many blew their bodies apart younger doing long stuff and now can no longer even run. Most say if they could do it over again they would have mellowed out.
I see so many who are into the long stuff, like IM, that I tell folks it is like they are on a drug. No amount of logic has them think about their long term life down the road.
Yes, I am a Type A that wants to be the best I can be, but at the expense of long term medical issues, like just the ability to walk and stand for a day, no way.
I read the studies going on of the Western state 100 folks to see why a number of these longer type runners have died from heart issues.
I have done lots of long stuff, but have basically stopped them all since it just seems to make sense that killing your body will make life down the road not much fun.
And I will add to the comments some have made about doing an IM. Yep, did one. During the entire race I was asking myself why was I doing this. It was painful, and it was in a lot of ways very boring. You swim a long way, bike a long way and run a long way, while eatting a who bunch of food. And that was "fun"? Family is impacted both in training and the race time. No more.
So now I just focus on doing shorter stuff. Allows me to train less. I can red line for 2.5 hours in the race and then go home and do things with the wife in the afternoon. Is it still too much? I just backed out of a race for Sat since I am still feeling the effects of my race Sunday. Balance. Smarts.
Always hard to stop the brain from saying keep pushing. But, I still want to be doing this at 70. Will you make it to my age of 55? Glad I did not even find this sport until my kids were older at 39,
and did not start to go nuts until 50.
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