5 years’ ago in 2012, we reported on French cyclist Robert Marchand’s age-group record for cycling 100 kilometres. Now at the age of 105, he is still going strong and still setting records.
In January this year he cycled 22.547 kilometres (14.01 miles) in one hour. Not only is this a record, even the Over-105-Years age group is new, created especially for him.
Managed to get away for a week’s skiing in glorious Val d’Isère. The snow has been fantastic and the weather has been wonderfully and worryingly hot - not that Donald Trump and his acolytes feel they should worry about it!
Aside from the thrill of the sport itself, the feeling that comes from being in the beauty of the mountains is a huge part of what makes skiing special. It therefore comes as a great disappointment to us, this current obsession for skiing wearing a helmet. Apart from the dislocation from the environment, we also feel that it has in fact made the sport more dangerous rather than the opposite. One of the results of people feeling themselves to be more protected is that they often ski with less concern for others.
Along with many other people, SGSC pushes the idea that as well as being a lot of fun, extreme and adventure sports are good for you. Facing the dangers and the challenges sharpens the mind and achieving something in a difficult and potentially dangerous sport increases confidence, something that can diminish as you get older. Preparation, i.e. getting into good physical condition, is the key to being able to do this, lessening the risk of both failure and injury. And for Silver Grey athletes, that physical training is itself an important benefit, as has been commented on many times on this site. In any case, Silver Grey athletes are doing plenty of exercise either through doing the sport itself, if you are say a triathlete, or because exercise is the key to the physical conditioning your sport requires.
Exercise is powerful medicine. The good it can do you is extensive as is its capacity to change your body. However, from a recent report it seems that this is not the only side of the story.
Here's another in our series "Grays on Trays". Grays on Trays is not a name we came up with but a self-styled description - and we find that it crosses oceans as this latest Gray on a Tray comes from Slovakia.
It just goes to show that wherever you are it's all about keeping the flame alive - for as long as you're alive!
As the saying goes, it isn’t the first time and it certainly won’t be the last time .... that we get research that shows that the benefits of exercise go beyond muscles and up as far as your brain.
Here is yet more evidence that exercise can reduce the risk of developing Alzheimers disease. It comes from a study carried out at McMaster University in Canada by Jennifer Heisz, an assistant professor in the department of kinesiology.
Grays on Trays is not a slogan we came up with but it does seem to be a label surrounding an unconnected group of people who definitely fall into our camp - people past whatever age it is that people generally think of as the right age for extreme (or any) sport and who are intent on getting somehwere in their chosen sport, in this case snowboarding.
The first of these is 64-year old John Kuby, from Edmonton, Canada.
…OR...“The Underappreciated Role of Muscle in Health and Disease”...
…which is the title of some research published about 10 years ago, and which is particularly relevant to many topics on this site.
Beat Kammerlander is someone who has pushed the boundaries of his sport, sport climbing. Having begun as a teenager in his native Austria, he is still climbing well into his fifties. He is particularly known for developing sport climbing in the Alps.
The German gymnast Johanna Quaas is officially the oldest active gymnast in the world. In 2013, she was entered into the Guinness Book of World Records for that achievement.
At 90, in 2015, she was still going strong.
We found this short film about 60-year-old skateboarder Neal “The Dude” Unger. We really love his attitude to sport and age. When he talks about what he loves about skateboarding, we couldn’t put it better ourselves.
Good things come in three’s, so they say, so here are three good things - well, three things, anyway.
There’s a proverb that says “A chain is only as strong as its weakest link” - your body could be the perfect illustration of that. If you’re going to suffer injury through doing your sport it could well be at the weakest part of you. So, as much as possible you have to keep every part of your body as strong as every other part.
The Paralympics have just finished and - wow! What impressive and inspirational athletes, both in their performances and in their attitude. These athletes have to deal with great challenges in their lives, whether from a congenital condition or a disability caused by an event. Such determination, such guts, all channelled into becoming elite athletes performing at the highest level!
Who are you, how old are you, what do you do?
My name is Wayne Lèal. I’m 58 years young and a global Health Coach with many years’ experience, a recent grandfather, an author and a former small business of the year award winner. I have trained boxing champions, Premier League footballers and captains of industry. I am also the UK ambassador for Americas No.1 selling fitness trampoline, JumpSport and a featured guest presenter at Champneys: the UK’s No. 1 health spa.
A strong swell, and a reasonably strong on-shore wind - to surf or not to surf, that was the question for us as developing surfers. The answer came to to us in the form of 56-year-old RNLI beach lifeguard Steve Stritch, and as you can see from our short clip of him surfing, he said “Yes, yes, yes. Come on in, the water’s lovely!”
So we did, it was, and afterwards we got the chance to tell Steve that he had inspired us to take the plunge, and to ask him a bit about himself.
These days, with all the efforts that are being made to combat climate change, the watchword for every kind of transport is fuel efficiency. The world’s favourite environmentalist, Jeremy Clarkson, believes that hydrogen fuel cells are the answer to non-polluting car power; other people think it should be electric cars powered by sustainably generated electricity - or solar powered cars, even. Until any of those things happen, though, it will still be all about fuel efficiency. And now, it seems, fuel efficiency is something Silver Grey athletes can aim at and benefit from.
Here are two videos about women surfers, one 68 and the other 71 years old. They both surf at an age that used to be unusual, at least, but which is less so now. On top of the fact that they both love riding the waves, there’s a very interesting difference between them. One has been surfing all her life, and the other only took up the sport at the age of 53.
68 year old Genie and 71 year old Gwyn
If you want to see more of the footage.....
A bit of a dry title for an article, isn't it? The only good thing to say about it is that if your brain can be described as ageing it means it's still alive - therefore so are you! So make the most of it! And that's what the Silver Grey Sports Club stands for - ageing doesn't inevitably equal decrepitude, it can mean being strong and fit and so having more time to do your sport. And here is yet more evidence that doing sport and exercise is not only fun and good for you physiologically, it's also good for your brain! It's not the first time we've written about this, and no doubt it won't be the last.
Well, is there or isn't there? Is there good news or is there uncertainty? Certainly, there is good news, but there is also a small amount of uncertainty. The uncertainty concerns the question "is it genetics or is it training?"
What is it all about? It's about Motor Units.
Born - Sometime around the Second World War ; Location - Val d'Isère, France / London, England / New York, USA ; Activity - Ski Instructor / tennis coach / creator of instructional ski books, dvd's and smartphone app, available at www.skitips.com
His 2nd ebook, "Powder & Off-Piste", is now available at the Apple iBookStore, along with the 1st one, "Learn To Ski"
Marty Heckelman has been skiing a long time. He should be pretty good by now....and he is.