“You can’t help getting older, we just don’t have to get old, “ George Burns.
I’ve signed up to compete in the Georgia Golden Olympics. In Georgia there are many excellent archers over 50. No matter how much one practices there is no way to guess at who might win in a competition among the more mature archers here. It really comes down to who makes the least number of mistakes.
I nearly doubled-up and entered the bicycling time trials. Then I looked at the most recent winners’ time at a distance where I was considering competing. I can’t beat that time.
The most recent winners are amazing. There speeds are equal to those put out by Professional Cyclists for the same distance. I would have never guessed a 67 year old could compete against a 30 year old Professional Cyclist. Heck, when I was 30 years old those current Golden boys would have beaten me over the same distance time trial.
At the peak of my cycling racing I trained with and raced against Olympians, World Champions and Professionals that competed in the Tour de France. I raced all over the US and in Europe. So, I was pretty fit. Still, I would not have beaten the top 65+ Golden Olympic cyclists in the time trial I was considering.
Now, I was never the greatest time trialist. But, I won a lot of time trials. Once I was even the USA Cycling Georgia State Time Trial Champion. I even broke the top 10 in a Velodrome Time Trial when I was 50 racing on a cheap $500.00 bicycle.
Reviewing some of the older longer Tour de France Prologue times these Golden boys would have done themselves proud against the top cyclists in the World. As much as I’d enjoy racing my bike there simply no way I can compete against such supernatural Golden power.
From the National Senior Games Rule Book:
“The NSGA does not currently test for banned or performance enhancing drugs. If an athlete is found to be using drugs by any other agency or governing body, they will also be banned from NSGA competitions until the sanction or banned is removed. The NSGA will communicate with NGB’s for a current list of athletes.”
Now, I think I understand.