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We athletes spend a lot of time wishing – maybe even hoping and praying – that there’s one “silver bullet” that offers the answer to better performance and health. How’s that working out for us? That being said, I believe I have an interesting take on this issue. I recently read a very informative book by Joe Friel called Fast After 50: How to Race Strong for the Rest of your Life. If you’re a young buck, don’t be so quick to roll your eyes. The title of this book could just as easily have been: How to Race Strong – for Everyone. It just so happens that what makes you a success when you’re a younger athlete is the same thing that will make you a success as you age. So where does this silver bullet business come in? Is there a single thing that could make the difference? Maybe. Friel contends that as we age, we tend to believe that our training should get gentler, so we back off and slow down. He counters (with plenty of proof points) that regardless of age, the body is able to handle intense training, and those who maintain a good, structured

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5 Topics to Discuss Before Traveling With Someone For the First Time


Traveling with someone for the first time can be a trying experience. But with proper planning and communication, you can avoid potential blowups and breakups. So sit down and talk about these five topics before you embark on the trip: 1. Accommodations: what type of place do you each prefer to stay at, a hostel with a shared bathroom or a five-star hotel? Determine how much you want to spend per night and find a middle ground. 2. Meals: how many meals should be fulfilled at quick, cheap places versus dine-in establishments? Figure out your daily meal allowance and whether you’ll be splitting the check fifty/fifty. 3. Activities: what is the ratio of relaxation (e.g., lounging on the beach) versus exploration (e.g., touring museums) time do you want out of the trip? If you have different priorities for activities, consider splitting up for periods of time. 4. People: are you open to meeting and hanging out with new people you meet on the road? If you both feel differently about this, decide that when you’re together, you’ll remain as a one-on-one unit. If one person is keen on hobnobbing with new travel friends, that person could always set aside some