|I am actually a better swimmer today than when I was 20, says Don, now 50. |
I find the mental ability to overcome barriers can easily let me keep swimming further.
In recent years Don has trained millions of yards, most in cold open water below 70f with no wetsuit.
Probably the most difficult aspect of training as we get older is cross training to balance fitness and muscle response to prevent injury.
|Time in minutes to walk one mile|
|Fitness level||50-year-old woman||50-year-old man|
|Excellent||under 14:42||under 13:24|
|Good||14:42 to 15:36||13:24 to 14:24|
|Average||15:37 to 17:00||14:25 to 15:12|
|Fair||17:01 to 18:06||15:13 to 16:30|
|Poor||more than 18:06||more than 16:30|