I was talking to a friend of mine in the gym last week… Let's just call him Byron.
Byron was telling me about his boss… whom he described as a former athlete. Byron went on to say that one of the reasons he works out so hard right now (he is 28 and could hold his own in a college football practice I'm sure) is that he wants to be like his boss one day… older and able to relax and just do a little here and there to say in shape.
I just looked at him… and said "Dude… I hope that is never me"
He looked at me as if I had suddenly sprouted an extra nose or something….
I continued… "I want to train hard and compete for as long as I can. I love it now more so than I did 20 years ago. My body does not recover nearly so well but I have the time, my kids are grown, and I have the focus… I'm just battling age and physical limitations but I have no intentions to let up"
At this point our conversation drifted elsewhere, but I think that I got him to thinking…. And I have this suspicion that it will be a long time before anyone calls Byron a "Former athlete"