Elite level, of course itís physical too. And at a much younger age. See pro footballers retired by mid-thirties.
Interesting looking at this across different sports... Many runners continue well into their late 30ís at elite level. Didnít Lyndford Christie win his gold at 39?
Quote from: petejh on May 28, 2020, 09:03:51 pmElite level, of course itís physical too. And at a much younger age. See pro footballers retired by mid-thirties. I agree in part, but in many sports there are economic factors that don't exist in climbing. Elite performance in professional sports requires both that the player is physically capable of elite performance, and that a team is willing to pay for it.Player salaries tend to climb with age, and even if an older player is still productive, there is a pressure to replace them with a younger, cheaper model. It happens in football to a degree (although, age curves by various analytics firms suggest players in speed positions, like wingers, really do become less productive after ~28 y.o.). The most brutal example is the NFL market for running backs - very few, no matter how productive, get a decent contract after their cost-controlled rookie deal. The talent pool is so deep that as soon as a running back's rookie contract expires, they are shipped out and replaced with a cheap, young new rookie, even if they are still capable of elite performance. Professional sports probably also have more injury issues than people climbing for their own pleasure. A team will be unwilling to keep paying a player with an injury history, whereas if you are doing it for yourself you can rest and then resume at a high level.
ďProfessional sports have more injury issuesĒ?Yer haviní a laugh mate! Let me tell you.Iíll compile a list of my debilitating, persistent and chronic (just the bad ones) and post it here.Itíll take me a week to write it and Iíll need a pad with more memory for the file, but you check back here in a week and Iíll show you injuries that would make a pro faint.* Mental scars not included.* Offer subject to change.
I think Lyndford was seeking spiritual help from his pharmacist at that time.
Around 40 my back started giving me gyp. Turns out a groundfall I'd taken at around 30 had knocked my pelvis out of alignment and all the muscles had compensated weirdly. Got cracked back into shape, but now I need to keep up a lot of pilates to redress the imbalances, and my leg flexibility is dire.
Quote from: webbo on May 28, 2020, 09:42:00 pmI think Lyndford was seeking spiritual help from his pharmacist at that time.:D before I go full Will Hunt and dig an even deeper hole... wasnít everyone else at that time??And (asking for a friend...) would drugs help the performance reducing effects of age..
More lance armstrongs plan rather than dorian yates
Quote from: mark s on May 29, 2020, 12:36:38 pmMore lance armstrongs plan rather than dorian yatesIím going with Dorian Grayís plan myself.
Quote from: cheque on May 29, 2020, 02:30:13 pmQuote from: mark s on May 29, 2020, 12:36:38 pmMore lance armstrongs plan rather than dorian yatesIím going with Dorian Grayís plan myself.Hm... I hoped I could make the Cabernet Sauvignon plan work for me, but there isn't probably enough chemistry involved in this to be really effective.But apart from this, it is VERY pleasant, let me tell you. And it definitely helps with the "next-day-man-I-am-too-old-for-this-shit" sensation after a gloriorus extended bouldering session
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