View Full Version : Age of optimal endurance vs speed

July 26th, 2009, 12:42 AM
Perhaps age in the 20's is the best to achieve speed--just look at the ages of the swimming champions?

What about endurance, or distance?

Martin Strel swam the record 84 hours non stop when he's 46 or 47. Jennifer Figge crossed the Atlantic (first woman to have done so) at the age of 56 [Edit: Well, this turned out to be untrue (http://sports.yahoo.com/olympics/beijing/blog/fourth_place_medal/post/The-great-Atlantic-Ocean-swimming-hoax?urn=oly,140525).].

There are probably more.

So is that often the case that older (but not too old) age loses speed but gains endurance?

Leonard Jansen
July 26th, 2009, 09:40 AM
There seems to be some pretty good evidence that much of the "gain" in endurance has to do more with mental coping skills that seem to come with life experiences. That and learning patience. Familiarity with the demands of "extreme" endurance tasks also plays a part.