Several years ago I met the conditioning coach for an NHL (national hockey league) team. He was 40 years old and standing among several 20 something year old players. He looked the same age as they did but he also looked like he was in better shape than they were. Back in his 20s he was an Olympic level decathlete and twenty years later he still worked out and ate as though he were still competing. Being just a year younger than him, I wanted what he had and he was free with the advice. The secret was really simple: hydrate like crazy, NEVER eat anything unhealthy and exercise regularly and the body will respond.
He talked about exercising being the same as going to school. You can't start in college or graduate school. You have to start in elementary school and build up to college level exercise and it takes years.
About three weekends ago, Doug and I sailed Lasers in Fred's infamous Easter Regatta in Austin. I sailed three races in light to medium wind and called it quits. Doug didn't quit and came in 4th. Two weekends ago, Doug and I sailed in a Sunfish regatta. I sailed three races in heavy wind and then joined Doug on his boat and didn't sail the 2nd day. Doug didn't quit and came in 2nd. Yesterday, we sailed Butterflys in some heavy wind. There were only 3 races and I sailed in all three and was in last place and Doug sailed in all 3 and had a 1st and two 2nds.
I've been popping anti-inflammatories for weeks now like they were candy and there isn't anything that doesn't hurt. Doug gets a solid night's sleep after sailing and is good as new the next day. It's really starting to tick me off.
A couple of months ago, we were headed to the lake for some weekend sailing and I said, we need to grab a snack to take for lunch. We got in the car and I looked over and Doug had an apple and a banana and I had a box of Girl Scout cookies. Clearly, he's in grad school and I'm in elementary school and I've been here way too long.
You have to learn to walk before you run.
The body will respond to the stress you put upon it.
A picture is worth a thousand words … and this one is getting taped to my bathroom mirror.