The metaphysics of Athletes and Age II

continuing from my previous post, here’s some more examples of athletes that blow away younger competition.

Bob Wieland : A 61 year old man who’s missing both his legs, lost in combat in Vietnam. He completes marathons walking on his hands. He can bench press over 400 pounds. In 2005, he was named one of the top 100 sports stories of the past 100 years.

Steve Maxwell: A man in his late fifties. Black Belt Jiu-Jitsu. Multitime Pan American champion in Jiu-Jitsu. Professional Fitness and kettlebell instructor.  I dare you to post a picture of someone you know personally who’s as ripped as Steve Maxwell.

Dragan Radovic: Developed a training system he calls 4X4. Part of the system uses “Vertical Lifts”, using two dumbells, curling one at a time, then lifting it vertically overhead, in an alternating fashion. 20 Reps? 50? 100? Try 1500 reps with 35 lb. dumbbells in his world-class show-off at the Arnold Classic a few years back. Radovic was 55, then. Bodybuilders, Marines, every young stud that tried to match him fell ridiculously short. He offers $10,000 to anyone that can beat him face to face.

Looks like you have some work to do, young bucks.


5 Responses to “The metaphysics of Athletes and Age II”

  1. December 14, 2008 at 1:59 pm

    You are a fascinating man. I have read several of your articles and the “good article” you recommended.

    Fasinating, really. I am RARELY at a loss for words…

    Thought provoking, direct, honorable, in word and duty.

    Politically, I don’t KNOW if we’re in the same spot b/c we both are flexible in different ways that cross.

    Thanks for writing. My dad, who I will NEVER stop missing, was a WWII vet, who died on July 4, 2002. Yep. July 4th, I thought it so fitting. My great-uncle was a WWI vet, long passed away and an awesome man and tremondous athlete (scouted by professional baseball teams…long story).

    I was brought up with a fine sense of justice from these roots and I have passed down the same to my children who I have raised on my own.

    Yes, justice. A fine sense of justice…I think that’s the commonality that I sense.

    Write on. I’ll keep reading.

    (Word on all the weight training…I know that from experience.)

    –beeha, http://2cob.wordpress.com

    p.s. saw your site name as live on alphainventions…fyi … how i got here
    p.p.s. where r u right now? States or Over There???

  2. December 14, 2008 at 2:16 pm


    Thank you for the compliments.

    Your father was part of The Greatest Generation. I hope someday, we can regain our sense of civic duty like the people of your father’s time had. People now give that a derogatory name: Nationalism. But really what it is is a large group of people within a nation who trust each other enough to know that when the chips are down, there’s help on the way. That’s what it means to be an American to me.

    I just found the alphainventions site last week. lots more traffic when I show up there. I’m in Wiesbaden, Germany, now.

    Glad you like what you see and keep coming back…Bring friends!


  3. 3 kernunos
    December 15, 2008 at 9:19 pm

    I was watching a WWII documentary last night. It was about a Kamikaze attack on an escort carrier that when down. What struck me was what the gentleman said that had abandonned ship and was looking on as the carrier went down. He said that all he could think was that he had just lost his home. Kind of puts things in perspective with todays world.

  4. 4 Gary
    December 29, 2008 at 3:47 pm

    Take a look at this guy http://www.meetmeatthetop.com/index.html. He summitted Mt. Everest at age 69, then was beaten a 71 year old Japanese guy a few weeks later. Last year a 76 year old Nepalese climber did it.
    Then there is Fauja Singh who did a full marathon in 5 hours and 40 minutes at age 96.
    I am 54, a climber and serve in the National Guard, so I am still puttering around.

  5. December 29, 2008 at 4:20 pm

    Thanks, gary. Few people test their limits, and age is usually an excuse for for not doing anything physical. Let’s not forget about General Patraeus in his 50s and running the Army ten mile in a little over an hour!

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