“Forty-, 50-, 60-year-old athletes can do single training sessions, but they can’t do it day after day after day,” Foster said. “When you’re 18, you can recover from anything.”-Carl Foster, Director of the Human Performance Laboratory at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.
Yup, I’ll go along with that. Yesterday, I did a tough, intense medley of pulling lifts and today I got nothing, so it is likely I won’t train today and at most, do some active recovery. (Subject to change, though). The day before the medley, I did not train either. Complete rest.
When Val runs her races, she competes in a mid-40′s age bracket and the top female finishers, including the winner, usually comes from that age group and not from the twenty-somethings as you might expect.
Here is an insight into the perfomance of aging athletes.
“It’s not that they’re stronger. They’re better at translating strength to propulsion.”
Who are the Top 25 athletes who still had game late in their careers? That list is growing by leaps and bounds.
There is one such athlete at age 39 about to make yet another comeback, NFL quarterback Brett Favre. However, there are many who would like to see him stay retired, but that is another story.