Excellent piece, Nicholas. Gives me a lot of hope, as I'm a 32-year-old who took a pause on running but wants to get better going forward. Seems like age is just one factor, but technology, volume, intensity, intelligent training and belief can overcome it. As someone who's gradually build from 20-55mpw, it gives me hope that if I opt to build to 70+ say, I could run some really good distance times in my late 30s.
Yes, totally. As I write in the piece, I'm convinced that proper training and focus can dramatically change the rate that we decline. "I used to think of athletic ability as a mountain. You're born at the base, and you'll die there too. In between, you climb higher and higher until you begin to descend. But that analogy isn't quite right, because as you get older you acquire wisdom that can help you train. I've come to realize that a better analogy is of rolling peaks. You go up, you go down. At some point you reach your peak, but there are still vistas as you descend."
And good luck and thank you!