Archive for September 10, 2009

Age is Just a Number

Posted in Media, Random Thoughts, Training, Training Females, Youth Training on September 10, 2009 by mboyle1959

I am just finished Dara Torres book Age is Just a Number. It has been a great look into one of the most amazing female athletes of our time. A world record at 15 and an Olympic Medal at 41 in the same event? It is truly amazing. What is more amazing is Torres’ frank discussion of her eating disorder and training mistakes. Former Florida Panthers S+C Coach Andy O”Brien figures prominently in the book as do many other coaches. Torres’ embracing the latest training techniques and admitting her mistakes is also refreshing. Torres touts the value of proper stretching ( by the way, who else has been taling about stretching lately), massage, an up to date strength program and the value of doing less when all around you are doing more.

I actually got to spend a few hours with Dara Torres about 15 years ago when she was doing media work during one of her many retirements.  She probably doesn’t remember me but, I remember her. I actually tried to pull out the old VHS tape but, it had dried up in storage. We filmed an episode of a show called Cross Training with the Pros with NHL Hall of Famer Cam Neely. Unfortunately, the show had a short cable life. Too bad, I think the idea was ahead of its time. In any case, the book is a great honest read. Pick up a copy. 

PS- I feel like Oprah. My last two recommendations Outliers and Born to Run were 1-2 on the New York Times non-fiction best seller list last time I checked..