I have a wife that I adore, grown children who are a joy, and a career that I love. I eat well, sleep well (mostly), and have little right now that could qualify as a health issue. I am 62 years old.
And I’m an athlete.
Please don’t think that I’m claiming some superhuman ability to stop time. Or that I have unbelievable genetics (although my parents are chugging along at 90)—I’m a relatively short, not as slim as I used to be, gray haired man who sits a lot for a living.
I was an athlete in high school and college, and rediscovered my passion for track and field in my 50s, especially a new passion for multi-events. I also discovered a new interest in powerlifting as I turned 61. I have never lost my enthusiasm for competition and (its more important fellow traveler) camaraderie.
Most important, I love to train. It gives me structure. It forces me to be disciplined. It gives me results. I have tracked my workouts, or more precisely my training microcycles and macrocycles, for several years. For the past year I have been faithful in recording my nutrition—macros, but also vitamins and minerals—and tracking goals and results.
I follow a number of fitness, running, nutrition, and strength blogs and I find them helpful. But what I don’t find are a lot of blogs geared to my specific interests: human performance after the age of 60, especially in track and field and in powerlifting. Actually, there’s not a lot out there if you are both a multi-eventer and a powerlifter, even if you’re a young person.
So I am documenting my training, nutrition, and competition. I am going to link to good resources when I find them. And, when I have the chance to talk to others and learn their strategies for performance after 60, I’ll include them here.