Friday, May 31, 2013

The fountain of youth

Kids are amazing athletes. That's what I was thinking this morning as I used pure will to power through 75 seconds of jump rope during my new cardio-infused weight training program at FORM. I mean kids could easily jump rope for 75 seconds straight, but my heart is beating at full potential and the balls of my feet are burning. On the other hand, my oldest can skip rope all day, and she's flexible enough to do a full split (both sideways and front to back), while my youngest pedals his new bike at a cadence that I can only envy.

When do we evolve from natural athlete to trained athlete? I can't remember a moment of change, so perhaps it is just one of those gradual transitions that occurs over time--so subtle that we can barely perceive its occurrence, but so significant that we cannot mistake it once the transformation is complete. By my age, it's no matter. The goal now is simply to capture that fountain of youth, if even for a day (preferably June 29th, please), and to channel that inner kid who actually runs without even considering that he could walk, and who naturally pedals his bike at 110 RPM, without even giving it a second thought.

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