Is It too Late to Start?

Written by on January 24, 2012 in Coaching, Cycling, Sports - No comments

It is my philosophy that we are all athletes participating in this sport called life. That is why I believe that sports nutrition is for everyone. Proper exercise and nutrition is the key to health. Putting that aside, the question needs to be asked. Is it ever too late to start exercising, to start competing, to follow your dreams.

I ask these questions after coming across the movie “En Sprinter” by Niels Moseholm, a film student in Denmark. The movie is an interview with Peter Tranberg. Most of you may never heard of him, but his story stuck with me and may be an inspiration to all of us. Peter was a young sprinter in Denmark. It looked like he was going to qualify for the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome, Italy. Unfortunately, this was all put aside when he was drafted into the Danish Army.

This is a story, that many of us can relate to. How many of you competed at sports while in school or university just to put it all aside? For many of us, life gets in the way of fulfilling our dreams. We graduate from school, we get a job, get married, have children, and retire. We begin to think about things we haven’t done in our lives. Some may regret it, and do nothing. Others, see the opportunity. This is what makes the story of Peter Tranberg interesting.

Peter returned to the sport over 30 years later. He began training and competing. In 2010, he became the European champion in 500m Time Trial at the age of 70. Peter Tranberg can serve as an example for us that it is never too late to follow our dreams.

Wayne Pedranti

About Wayne Pedranti

Wayne Pedranti is a traditional Naturopath and a Master Herbalist. He is a Master Level Certified Sports Nutrition Adviser educated at the Cory Holly Institute. He has been cycling for well over 20 years, and is a licensed coach with USA Cycling and USA Track and Field. He has a Masters Degree in Coaching Education at Ohio University. He uses his training on natural health and coaching to build a comprehensive training plans that builds health, fitness, and performance.

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