You all knew I would have to talk about the Olympics since we are right in the middle of them and there are so many amazing stories. I don’t even know where to start, because I love stories, but I think the Dara Torres story really resonates with all of us that have jumped past 40 years old.
Dara Torres was the oldest swimmer to medal when she was 33. But of course that was two Olympics ago because now she’s 41. Like many of us she is a parent now (with all the extra demands that come with that), and like many of us she has realized that she doesn’t bounce back like she did at her first international race when she was 14. This weekend Dara won a silver medal, missing the gold by only .01 seconds. What was her secret to perform at such a high level, at the age of 41, against the greatest swimmers in the world?
After many injuries and set backs, Dara realized that it wasn’t just how hard or how often she trained. She realized that it was how well she recovered that really made the difference. Training only 1/2 as much as she did in the past, focusing more on stretching and other restorative modalities, and keeping a mindset that it’s quality of movement that matters not just quantity launched her the medal stand. In addition, watch her before her races, after her races and in her interviews - she’s always taking advantage of her best relaxation tool - her smile! She is a great model for Sustainable High Performers!
By Scott Peltin
Founder & Chief Performance Officer