Building Momentum Living Life!
I have always been athletic, participating and competing in many sports throughout my life (so far!). One thing is for certain, as time goes by I realize that it becomes harder to maintain my fitness and body. Like anything worthwhile, it takes time, commitment and dedication. I have to admit that I’m not a superhero. I don’t get out of bed every day with a gung-ho attitude…I just work at it until I find it. And thankfully, the balance between my great days and my not-so-hot days is heavy on the side of the “great days.”
The benefits of being active impact me positively, both internally and externally, and go well beyond competing strongly in sports. I often find myself performing better than athletes half my age. And, I am surprised at how pleased I feel when I meet new people and in the course of our conversation they find out that I’m 50 years old. Inevitably, it’s a shock to some of them as they generally think I am 10+ years younger! I admit that it makes me feel good when I receive these compliments. I definitely feel grateful and enjoy the moment. It is interesting that these compliments have now started to make me think more about the aging process…
There is so much emphasis placed on youth, and the perception of being “over the hill” after a certain age. I just need to thumb through magazines, cruise the internet, or flip through the channels on my TV, to know this observation is true. I think ageism is absolutely ridiculous. As I have grown older not only have I been able to maintain my energy levels, but I have also gained so many value-added attributes and qualities based on the life I have lived and experienced thus far.
The return on investment I get as a mature person is incredible. Hiring corporations need to realize this! Corporations may have to pay more for an experienced executive, but will get so much more back than if they hire a younger inexperienced person just to save a few bucks. The “savings” are so inconsequential to the overall benefits provided by a seasoned executive. The reality is, older execs have lived life, and can actually work smarter and more efficiently, allowing their employers to add to the bottom-line at a faster rate.
At the end of 2007, I started focusing my attention riding a bike because I had developed a spur on my patella from running while training for triathlons. I grew to love the bike. With encouragement from friends, I began racing. Bike racing encourages me, and keeps my workouts consistent and focused. On top of this, I’ve discovered that the post-workout endorphins help me in other aspects in my life. For instance, as a consultant, I thrive on good ideas for my clients. The bike is a conduit to my creativity. After a hard training session my mind is more open, allowing me to be receptive to solid ideas and concepts.
I have decided to blog, on a regular basis, about age, and how it affects me from the viewpoint of pursuing competitive sports and living life in general. I will write about what I personally try to do to embrace the natural aging process, as well as my attempts to delay it, in order to optimize performance in both sports and business, and leading a full and happy life. I hope you’ll enjoy taking this ride with me…