Re Tj, ad far as I know he only started at a later age, he never erged in his prime. The 5.40 is based on what the very brst can do, tj is the very best for his age group, the bery best overall pull that 540. The group of people that do row at a later is ofcourse smaller, but that said Tk must be very talented, its not for nothing he is a class of his own among his peers. 540 is not a standard in itself, but absolutely seen it is. Tj is 50 seconds slower. Given his talent in his prime he would be a very strong rower. He declined 40/50 seconds from his max potential.Cyclingman1 wrote:I really don't think being beyond one's prime is quite the same as being old. If that was the case, then turning 40 would be the start of turning old. For active athletes the slide in performance from 40 to 50 is going to be very gradual. If significant change in performance is the standard for being "old," I would think that somewhere in the 60s would be jumping off point for being "old."
I also don't think that a 5:40ish 2K is a very good standard for judging getting old. Almost noone achieves 5:40 something and only then for a very short time. If that is the standard, there are a lot of very prematurely old people rowing.
Re: TJ. I see no postings for him in his 50s. I have no idea if he was ever a 5:40 rower. In his 60s, he has maintained a 2K standard very close to 6:30 for the last 6 years. His record times in all other distances have actually gotten better as he has aged. Without an exhaustive analysis, I do not see others with his kind of record.
The point I make, if you are over 40 and at some point where very well trained there is no stopping the decline. Also keeping up the training is often difficult. Its not for nothing that group records from the 30 to 40 make such a big dump down.
My point is, what is wrong with getting older? Yes we decline, yes we get grey and or bald, younger man woman don,t see us stand anymore. The simple facts of life. Thinking you are still young when every proof says the opposite is silly.
That does not mean that staying fit and healthy is fine. But don,t pretent to be what you are not.