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So many great stories

by Don

I want to thank all of you who have either contacted me to participate or agreed to an interview. I am amazed by the stories that I am hearing from people as I get to know a little bit about them. So far I’ve heard from people who participate in track sprints, hurdles, in-line skating, handball, field events (high-jump, javelin, and pole vault), distance running, extreme unicycling, swimming, and cycling. I’m amazed at the high level of achievement I’m seeing. More than a few national and world record holders. I’ve heard from people from across the US, and I’m also excited to have the opportunity to interview someone from the Netherlands! I’m extremely excited about this project and I hope you will all be interested in hearing how things develop.


As for my story, I still recall the medical check-up that I had in my mid-thirties where I complained to my doctor about my lower back pain, acid reflux, and a few other small ailments that were bothering me. When he responded to me half jokingly that I was “on schedule”, I started to realize that maybe I needed to take better care of myself. Turned out that with a little physical therapy and a tweak to my diet, I began feeling better. In fact, by the time I hit 40 years old I felt better than I had since my late twenties. The insight I gained was that I needed to employ different strategies than I had in my twenties.


Now that I am in my mid-forties and still very passionate about my sport, I am looking around the bend to my fifties and beyond and thinking about how I can continue to enjoy this important part of my life. Casually looking around and seeing more and more athletes in their 40s, 50s,60s, and even beyond makes me believe that one can continue to make progress and yield big returns from sports well into what many would consider over the hill. Examples like Dara Tores who competes at World Class levels beyond forty are not just a curiosity, but an outcome of a growing awareness that with the right focus, our bodies are capable of more than we expect and that age is not just chronological, but can be modulated by the lifestyles we choose. Two sites that are worth checking out are and .


I’m giving the first interviews this week, and will be posting summaries and takeaways later in the week. In the next post, I’m planning on sharing some things that I have learned through research I’ve been doing into why age matter for us athletes. Stay tuned!


As always, if you are interested in being interviewed for this project or know someone who would be, email me at

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Nellie Noack May 25, 2009 at 10:18 pm

Don, this is very exciting and I am happy for you. Sounds like things are rolling and moving ahead for you. All the best as you compile this all together!

Although, my kids have always been in sports (hockey, baseball and soccer) from the time they all were small…I can see how you employing different strategies can help us all to see a future beyond the next bend in the road. In sports or even if our interests are different.

All the best in all that you do 🙂

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