Re: how old is too old to train to go pro?
+2 on your post. It is nice to see a post which talks in terms of reality and does not romanticize the experience. Being in the film/publishing business I know how we can make the Lance experience seem like the common and not the exception.
Still reading my bodybuilding magazines as I guess I will never stop, I recently read a great article in Planet Muscle which talked about designer genes and how we will probably see the beginning of this in the Bejing 2008 Olympics. They have already saw some young people that they say kind not be compared. They are sure it is designer gene work which can not be caught with any test.
So do not worry in the future, not my children but my daughters will be able to pick the superstar they want to have...
If you do not sense the sarcasm, I do not know how to be more blunt.
I am just kind of sick of the whole gene argument. Shouldn't than Lance's children become superstars and has anyone tracked Lemond or Mercks ancestory. OK so the argument may be that it passes a generation or two...shouldn't someone though along their lineage line continue to have similar success? In fact there was a study where they tracked the lives of the so called "gifted" ones and most performed average or below average in life.
I am sorry being a guy who was told by alot of teachers and parents, you are going nowhere fast, to now have more success in life than they have, I credit it to simple hardwork and sacrafice. I admit it took me twice as long as it took some others to achieve some goals. I do not mind...I am willing to go the distance...are you? Drive is all that matters...
I much rather have my ankle of steel ( more hardware than an ace hardware store), 42 years of age and trying to get my ftp to 300. For me it is just so much sweeter when it happens. The journey is all the matters and why some many become bitter.
There is so much more to life than genes and if I was 21 and got into cycling earlier beyond being a messenger...I would try to hang out in those same places and ask them to pass some of that pasta man, I am hungry! lol.
I am convinced humans can achieve beyond even what they believe they can...it is a great time to be alive!! Enjoy my friends...
, my 4 watts/kg is coming!
Originally Posted by BullGod
I should have also added that you need to also be prepared to:
1) be very poor for years as an amateur doing a crap part time job to pay the rent
2) Never have time for things like relationships, parties, holidays
3) Be prepared to uproot and live in another country, learn a new language etc.
4) earn comparitavely little (unless you are brilliant) compared to other sportsman.
5) Get sick / injured a lot and still be forced to race by your team manager. or endure the top level cycling vicious circle of "get sick, race poorly, get dropped from the team, don't race, race poorly" etc etc
6) Endure the constant lack of job security and regular income.
Some guys I know have slept in their car or in a tent for weeks in Belgium going to Kermesse races every day.....boiling up pasta at 6am on a camping stove whilst shivering....washing after the race in a pub washroom etc.
When you're 21 this is a fun adventure....if you're in your mid 20's and have been earning nice money this kind of life can really suck.