Monday, November 28, 2011

Getting Older

At 57 I suppose I might be considered a bit of an anomaly - I don’t fit some of the molds out there for 57 year old males. Why do I bring this up - because I look forward to next year, and the year after. This is what comes from working out hard enough that I can do more now than I could last year, or the year before - I suspect this is true for every year since I was 30.

Perhaps that is one of the advantages of not being fit when younger. It was only when I was in college that I got into bicycles in a significant way and rode up Lookout Mountain regularly. And, while in New York City and Capetown South Africa I rode quite a bit. But, since being 30 I haven’t kept the cycling at that high a level.

Don’t get me wrong - yes, I have worked out pretty much 5 days a week since I was 25 or 26. But, now that I am retired and I have the time to work out longer, I am truly amazed at how much more fit and how much stronger I am.

Think about this for a minute. I am saying I am in better shape now than I was when I was 30. And I look forward to being stronger and more fit next year.

I have been working out with an 18 year old for 6 months now. Michael started out pretty sure he would catch up with me - and likely surpass me. Today, when we were working out with a couple of 19 year old guys I heard Michael commenting that he is in fact not catching up, but that I am in fact continuing to raise the bar.

Another way of looking at where I am - as I was finishing up my 30 minutes of cardio on a stationary bicycle one of the 19 year olds spotted me and made sure I was going to be available to work out with them.

These guys were football players in high school and are seriously fit. They were hoping I would be able to work out with them.

If all this seems like a fantasy - it is - I am truly living a fantasy I wasn’t even smart enough to come up with.

Bottom line here - what are you willing to do to live a fantasy? Are you willing to start out a bit harder than you can handle now, and gradually increase your work outs duration and level over the next 10 years? If so, you too can likely exceed your wildest expectations. I honestly can’t tell you how gratifying it is to work out with young men who are fit, and who look up to me because of the exercises I can do.

While I am not, and never will be perfect, I am a very satisfied and very happy old man. And at least two people think I am pretty special.

Are you willing to put in the work to achieve such a life?

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