Dating a triathlete book
Today, Aschwanden is still insanely active, but for different reasons.
I don’t care so much about performance now as I did in my 20s and early 30s; I care about how I feel.
She came into triathlon a little later in life, at age 30, and set an Ironman PR of at age 37.
But she’s starting to realize that her best times might be behind her.
No athlete looks forward to getting older, and although our peaks vary by sport—as early as 14 for gymnasts and as late as 38 for endurance athletes—eventually we all slow down.
On average, our physiological function begins to decline at age 26.
Michael Joyner, 59, is a physician-researcher and expert on human performance at the Mayo Clinic.
At age 20, Joyner ran a marathon in minimalist shoes.
Jordan Blanco, 45, is an entrepreneur and age-group triathlete who lives in San Francisco, California.
Rather than try to fight aging, she encourages athletes to embrace it as a part of life and view it as a challenge and opportunity to focus on strategy and tactics, lean heavily on the wisdom they’ve accrued over the years, and try new sports.
Do this, says Bunce, and you’ll see physical and psychological benefits: lower rates of injury and a dramatic reduction in stress.
Christie Aschwanden, 41, is a writer and all-around athlete who lives in Cedaredge, a small town in western Colorado.
During her 20s and early 30s, she competed internationally for sponsored teams in both Nordic skiing and cycling.
I still love to race, but I am in a different place.