The current ten year photo challenge that is all over Facebook and Instagram has had me thinking a great deal about the past ten years and comparing myself from 2009 to now in 2019.
In 2009, I had a 24 hour business and I was working long hours. I hadn’t yet fallen in love with triathlon but I was into cycling.
Looking only from a performance point of view, I am significantly
- More flexible
In the past decade, the only measure of my performance where I can pinpoint a degree of deterioration is my agility. I am not as agile as I was when I was 29 years of age and this mostly is coming from my core, even though my core strength is significantly stronger now.
While I can handle more volume and more intensity now at almost 39 years of age than I could in 2009 when I was 29 years old, I do need to focus on recovery now, for example mobility sessions, foam rollers, etc., to assist my recovery in the same amount of time I was once able to.
If you had told me when I was 29 years old that I was going to be faster, stronger, leaner and more flexible by the time I reached 39, I would have laughed.
This has caused me to think hard about the next ten years.
Can I prolong the signs of aging and deterioration from a performance point of view? Can I say I will be stronger and faster in 2029 than I am right now?
A few years ago I read a report stating seasoned amateur marathon runners were still seeing improvements within their performance in their early 50’s while elite marathoners would start to see a decline in their mid-30’s.
I do plan to start focusing on becoming more agile. This includes playing a lot of ball games with my kids that will increase my flexibility and agility in areas where I would otherwise not need to extend myself. When I do my mobility sessions, I will spend a little extra time working on my back. In addition to this, I will donate some time researching the topic.
I will still continue to work on speed, strength and improve my flexibility. I made a promise a few years ago that I would do the following for the rest of my life:-
• Lift weights a minimum of once a week
• Three mobility sessions per week that are approximately half an hour per sessions
• Three core strength sessions per week that are a minimum of 10 minutes per session
I know as years roll on I will need to add things to this list. I often look around at the aging community in Tasmania and wonder, ‘What if that person started yoga in their 30’s, or if that person started lifting weights in their 40’s, or if that person had just made small changes in their diet in their mid-20’s, etc.’ Had they done so, would they have better flexibility and mobility in their later years and have a better quality of life?
2009 weighing around 95kg
2019 Weighing around 77kg
I look forward in doing a follow up blog in 2029.
Let me know about your past ten years. You can email me firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a comment below.