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Boiwonda said 3 months ago

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    MichaelRochus said 3 months ago

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    "Sure. Some of what he's been able to do is simply deferred improvement from the year's before his surgery. I don't think it's actually possible to run personal bests in one's 40s after having achieved anything close to one's full potential at peak age.

    That said, what's he's been able to do after having had such an invasive surgery at such an advanced athletic age is truly impressive, maybe even unprecedented in Canada. And the training he did in the years before the surgery-- that did so much to make the post-surgery performances possible in the first place-- was equally impressive.

    Colin's secret is his laser-like long term focus, his resilience, and his complete coachability. He knew by his mid-30s that his best results would take a while to come, and his commitment to his goals as a master's runner has not wavered since then, in spite of some real challenges, big and small. His first born was a baby when he was recovering from the surgery, and he had his second just when he was getting some consistency in his program. Then there is the winter weather in NFLD. There are many days when he has to shovel a couple of feet of snow before getting his training in. To deal with these challenges, he is willing to change the plan on a dime and hit the elliptical and/or t-mill-- something he has done regularly for the past 6 years. When he has been able to get a clear stretch of work done, he has trained pretty much like a younger athlete-- 100-120k of volume, including a tempo or fartlek session, an interval session, and a longer run (90-100mins). The secret is always vigilance where his weak points (since the surgery, calves and achilles) are concerned. He reads his body very well and will always x-train if need be, even though he hates it as much as the rest of us!

    In the end, I think there is an X-factor in the case of every successful masters athlete. For Colin, it is his crazy drive to get the most out of his talent before it's too late-- and I was able to convince him years ago that he was fully capable of running his best times in his 40s. I just didn't know it would take quite this much determination! If he manages to keep his healthy streak going, I think we'll seen him go 14:40ish, low-30, and low 1:06. And that marathon record is a goal, but it would take some real luck to pull off.

    Anyway, I hear he might be on the Rochus show soon, in which case you can get it all (including some Newfoundland charm and humour) straight from the horse's mouth."


    Can confirm, a little bit of a scheduling conflict this week, but he'll be on the next one. Colin is a guy who I've wanted to be on for a while, as he seems to defy all of the odds, and he seems like a real character every time I've met him. Thanks for the background in your answer, Steve!

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    Anonymous said 3 months ago

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    "Really? When you're getting anonymous threats, or are the victim of a massive anonymous spam campaign, courtesy a disaffected sociopath who frequents this forum, then perhaps we can have a chat about decorum. Till then, stop whining."


    You really need to take a chill pill.

    You are embarrassing yourself and not doing your credibility any service.

    We preach to our young athletes and youth in general about the dangers of social media and how inappropriate and inflamatory posts can harm their credibility and chances when entering the workforce or changing careers. The advice applies to all of us. Think about it.

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    Oldster said 3 months ago

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    "You really need to take a chill pill.

    You are embarrassing yourself and not doing your credibility any service.

    We preach to our young athletes and youth in general about the dangers of social media and how inappropriate and inflamatory posts can harm their credibility and chances when entering the workforce or changing careers. The advice applies to all of us. Think about it."


    Point is, I have had to put up with actual "inappropriate and inflammatory comments" to a far great degree than anon trolls like you (yes, you) and TT simply for speaking my mind and defending my sport (and some of it's athletes) openly and in a principled way-- and, I have not whined about it or asked to have posts removed. Just saying.. Attempting to lecture me about responsible online behaviour from the cover of anonymity is beyond rich. Be a grown up and post under your own name. Or, open up a chat on messenger if you really care this much. I love a good argument, and my virtual door is always open.

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    Oldster said 3 months ago

    P.S. Looking forward to hearing Colin on Rochus!

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    Anonymous said 3 months ago

    What I have learned from these tirades is that I will never recommend an athlete attend the school where Oldster coaches.

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    Anonymous said 3 months ago

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    "What I have learned from these tirades is that I will never recommend an athlete attend the school where Oldster coaches."


    And I'm sure this will be a massive loss for Queen's, random anonymous person.

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    Really Am Skuj said 3 months ago

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    "What I have learned from these tirades is that I will never recommend an athlete attend the school where Oldster coaches."


    What I have learned from these forums and from knowing Oldster is that I will always recommend an athlete attend the school where Oldster (who is younger than me) coaches.

    (See what I did there?)

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    Anonymous said 3 months ago

    Quoting: Really Am Skuj
    "What I have learned from these forums and from knowing Oldster is that I will always recommend an athlete attend the school where Oldster (who is younger than me) coaches.

    (See what I did there?)"


    Thanks for that update Skuj!

    I saw what you did there, and haven't stopped laughing since I read it, and can't forsee my laughter stopping.

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