It's no secret that ageing profoundly alters our body, and not for the better. In my teens I was a member of the British swim team. Fitness and athletic performance were taken for granted, and I just ate whatever my mother put on my plate.
In the autumn of 2019, at the age of 72, my body had become a bit soft and my waistline had expanded alarmingly, despite a lifetime of being physically active in different ways (horse riding, weight training, gym work, and swimming included). Something had to be done!
To motivate myself in a fun way, I went back to competing in French Masters Swimming and set myself an optimistic goal to reach #1 in my age group. I also documented a typical week of my preparation, including what I ate. It occurred to me that my notes might be of interest to others facing the same ageing dilemma, and the idea for this book was born
Then Covid happened and everything stopped. Once the competitive season started again, I managed to attend a couple of meets and, at Langon in 2022, I set a new French National Record in freestyle.
I will soon turn 75, and my new goal is to make this year's FINA World Masters Top 10. Join me in my personal journey towards improved fitness and strength as I apply the weight loss concepts, exercise ideas, and eating approach discussed in this book.