Get off your ass and do something.
That right there is the key to maximizing our ability as we age. In fact, the more messed up we get from age, injury, genetics, etc., the more important it is to make an effort to stay fit. I suck ass at staying fit. Last spring I weighed 190 lbs and I was walking 3 miles a day in 45 minutes. Once a week I walked 3 miles in 45 minutes carrying a 45 lb pack. The "pack test" is a requirement for my summer job. It took me months to work my way up to that fitness level. Today I weigh too damn much and I don't excercise. JaeOne3345 should come kick me in the nuts and slap me silly before I dig my own grave with a fork.
Throwing numbers around like 50 years old, 70 years old, etc. is OK I suppose, but we all know that age vs. turning to crap is a very individual thing. There is a GM shooting Limited at one of our neighboring clubs that hauls ass through long courses like the proverbial bat out of hell. Son-of-a-bitch that guy is fast. He is in his early 60's. One of the guys I practice with is 54 (I think) and he is just absolutely explosive from box A to box B. He swims, he runs up and down bleachers at a small stadium, and so forth. He is also very smooth and efficient. His goal next year is to be high Senior at next year's National's. I shoot against a Master class Open shooter from Montana that is a retired guy. I think he is in his early 60's. He is mobile and agile, and a heck of a shooter.
By contrast, there is a Master Limited/SS shooter at a club down the road who has faced some physical challenges. When I first met him he was a beast and one hell of an athlete. He has obviously pumped some iron in his life. I don't know how many surgeries he has had on various joints, but Old Man Time is not his friend. A buddy of mine is a former wrestler, trackster, and coach. When he was coaching track at the local high school (in his forties) he routinely put high school kids to shame. He is 59 today and his entire body has been ravaged by arthritis. Damn, what a shame. I am sure we all know folks who went from 50 to 75 in 10 years.
I started shooting USPSA in 2000. By 2003 I had made Master in Limitied, Limited 10, Production, and Revolver. About a year later I made Master in Open. A short time after that I moved up to Limited GM. I stopped shooting Production with a classification percentage of 94.7%. I didn't think it would be fair to me or to the system to move up to GM. I also stopped shooting my single stack in L10 at 93.83%. I did shoot a classifier with my SS/L10 gun that would have put me at GM, but I was shooting it in Limited. Limited with a 10 round mag is a hoot. About 5 years ago USPSA moved me down in class to A class across the board due to my arthritis, compressed discs in my lower back, and other such shit.
There you go, the life story of the NFG at Doodie. Then again, this is Doodie so I doubt that anyone gives a Doodie. BTW, I am 59 years old.
Oh cool, look what showed up while I was typing my reply.
Just shoot, and stop making excuses.
Dude, there is a hell of a difference between an excuse and a reason. I wonder, will this get me a Doodie warning?