Saturday, September 23, 2023

From Power to Power – iRunFar


AJW's TaproomIn his 2022 bestseller, “From Power to Power: Discovering Luck, Happiness, and Deep Objective within the 2nd Part of Lifestyles,” Harvard professor Arthur Brooks outlines a approach to actually lend a hand other folks get well with age. In keeping with exhaustive analysis, Brooks supplies a roadmap for other folks to reimagine their lives after the age of fifty in ways in which supply extra function and that means. At a time when many start to query their relevance and whether or not time has handed them by means of, Brooks supplies an inspiring glance into getting old that turns the normal view of the second one part of existence on its head.

Brooks’s very important premise is that after people transition from what he calls “fluid intelligence” to “crystallized intelligence,” they come upon a 2d curve, a time in existence when knowledge and enjoy has a tendency to trump skill and difficult paintings. On this 2d curve, individuals are much more likely to search out pleasure and delight in studies fairly than achievements, and in supporting others fairly than selling themselves.

Lately, I’ve been reflecting on Brooks’s concepts within the context of my existence as an getting old long-distance runner. I distinctly recall a time about 10 years in the past once I felt myself present process a gentle transition from fluid intelligence to crystallized intelligence. I used to be experiencing the standard slow-down that is a part of rising older — accidents have been piling up, and the sturdy urge to compete, an urge that characterised a lot of my operating existence in my thirties and early forties, used to be fading. I used to be transitioning to my 2d curve. In that second, I needed to settle for the truth that, whether or not I favored it or no longer, my aggressive days have been at the back of me and that for me to stay energetic within the game I had to embody a brand new model of myself — a model of myself that used to be generative.

AJW operating in Colorado in 2020. Photograph: iRunFar/Bryon Powell

Because of this era of acceptance, I turned into extra dedicated to my training apply. I spent extra time volunteering at occasions and no more time competing in them. I spent extra time finding out the science of the game and no more time that specialize in the artwork of the game. And, in all probability maximum of all, I spent increasingly more time sharing with others my previous studies within the game fairly than at once experiencing the game myself. It used to be a transcendent procedure and one that has allowed me to proceed to enjoy the enjoyment and magic of path operating and ultrarunning lengthy after my days as a competitor have ended.

As Brooks suggests on the finish of “From Power to Power,” transitioning to the second one curve isn’t simple and will really feel nearly unattainable for some. It calls for us to make ourselves prone and content material with the truth that getting old comes to deterioration. Whilst the considered deterioration will also be stressful to start with, as soon as authorized, vulnerability and deterioration develop into superpowers and make allowance us to proportion our enjoy and knowledge with the sector in ways in which most effective those that’ve been thru years and years of existence and dwelling can do.

Bottoms up!

Terrie Wurzbacher-2021 Vol State 500k

Dr. Terrie Wurzbacher all through the 2021 Vol State 500k, then elderly 72. Photograph courtesy of Terrie Wurzbacher.

AJW’s Beer of the Week

Rogue Ales and Spirits logoThis week’s beer of the week comes from Rogue Ales and Spirits in Newport, Oregon. Rogue’s Honey Kolsch is a mild and crisp beer with only a trace of sweetness. Brewed with natural Oregon honey, it is a recent take an the normal Kolsch selection and is an ideal overdue summer season beer.

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  • Are you a runner on that “2d curve?”
  • Do you want to proportion how this segment of existence goes for you?


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