Wednesday, August 29

Those who show have the best chance to win

I’m a WAVA 67.
My best performances are only 67% as fast as the best runners.

I have spent 30 years practicing, visualizing, training and racing and no matter what I do, I’m stuck in the middle of the bell curve.

I made a new friend in 1988 (same age as me) while attending graduate school in California. He loves hiking in parks and forests but has no formal fitness program. He is fascinated by my running. He has joined me on a couple of training runs and, even though he never runs, has no trouble keeping up. When he was 45 he decided to try a 5K race. He ran five miles a day for three weeks before the race. He got first in his age group with a time of 19:44. I had done 30-40 miles per week for years and some speed work and he got the best time. That was the only race he ever ran. Road running every day was too boring.

I’m sure that with minimal training he would finish far ahead of me today, but I enjoy the inner pleasure of knowing I am pushing closer to my fitness potential.

3 Comments:

Blogger bl said...

Hey, how much training have you done at high altitudes??

August 30, 2007 2:34 PM  
Blogger Jim Evans said...

A wee bit during trips to high country. Why?

Did it sound like I was suffering from oxygen deficiency?

August 31, 2007 1:08 PM  
Blogger bl said...

just a silly way of recommending you come to camp marafiki next year? :)

August 31, 2007 2:13 PM  

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