Since I have reached the age of 70, several realities of staying athletically active have become apparent. As we age, we lose both flexibility and muscle strength. In order to stay competitive, it is necessary to cross train in order to win races.Stretching every day becomes a necessity in order to maintain your range of motion. Weight training on a regular basis is necessary to maintain muscle mass.
After the Olympics I kept active with rowing, bike riding, skiing, and a lot of running. At the time I ended my Olympic rowing career there was no such thing as master’s rowing, so I immersed myself in distance running and entered multiple 10K, half marathon, and marathon events. My training consisted of 50 to 60 running miles per week, and since my weight fluctuated from 220 to 240, I was putting a lot of stress on my joints.
Real marathon runners typically weigh 120 to 140 pounds. Over time I was accumulating running injuries and had some spectacular skiing and biking crashes, all of which combined to limit what I was capable of doing. Below you will find the top tips for decreasing risk of injury, increasing longevity and insuring you will remain a lifelong athlete.