|Given that I’m now racing in the 65-69 age group, I figured I was able to speak with some authority on the “older athlete”. I’m finding, with some regret, that the body doesn’t work the way it once did. The mind remains very willingly, but the body can sometimes protest against what the mind wants to do. There is a bitter reality that despite my best efforts my maximum heart rate has dropped and my muscular strength has reduced. On the good side, I’m in there with a show of a podium finish at most events.
For those slightly older athletes, here are some key points that I have learnt: