Back on the Road again. Part two
I'm elated by my ride today. My time for the ride was faster than I did three years ago. Maybe it was the beautiful day with no wind and sun but three years after eighty is a lot more than three years in your middle years.My damaged foot has been no handicap and the break with only training on the trainer has perhaps been beneficial.
I should have lost a lot over the last few years yet it has not happened as expected, so perhaps...Well I can dream.
Elaine's health has improved so much since her op and she is back to working a bit in the nursery. Last year I was in hospital twice which knocked me back a bit but the proceedures have helped me a lot.
When I competed in the South African Duathlon Championships at sixty seven years old, I found I was in the same group as a sixty year old. All groups were at five year intervals but then suddenly became 60+. I complained about it to no avail but was told they would fix it the next year. At the World Championships the groups went right up at intervals to eighty five. Anyway at the worlds I beat him by about seven minutes. But the point is that the divisions become even more important the older one gets. Even a year can make a difference.
There is a theory that when taking up an athleic sport late in life you can go on improving for seven years. So after my break from serious training,starting again three years ago, maybe I will go on improving for another four years!!