Intermittent Fasting without realising it!
Updated: Sep 5, 2020
Take a look at this team. Every one of them is lean, incredibly physically fit and some down-right gifted. I'd argue that just about any of these young athletes had the talent to represent New Zealand if only they gave it a go. There is one future 4 x Olympian and can you spot the boy who became the father of the founder of Trademe?
Barefoot, we walked, ran and rode bikes everywhere. Our parents never drove us to school. Many of the rural children had long hikes and rides to catch the school bus. We did chores after school or assisted on the farm. We all participated in one or more sports. Hard physical activity was the daily norm. We were still very much a rural country with a strong pioneering spirit.
Before reading any further, please refresh your memory of my earlier article about how to do intermittent fasting.
Here's our 1969 school cross country team. No fat, just lean teenagers with a load of talent and energy to burn. Any one of them, me excluded, would win just about any race in New Zealand today, that was possible. Ned, the boy to my left, for example, did no training but was the most gifted natural runner I ever knew. I guess Ned left school early to work in the forests. He is now working on the roads here in Wellington. Note, as well, that all but one of us are barefoot. We never ran in shoes, including on the roads. We had incredibly tough feet back then.
In the photo above, Lorraine is in 2nd place. The purpose of this photo is so you can get an idea of the depth of natural athletic fitness that existed back then. Despite the fact that Lorraine went on to be one of the best distance runners in the world, her abilities as a runner were not that outstanding back then. What was later to be outstanding was her work ethic and her sheer determination!
Please take note of these adolescent female physiques. They are strong and lean, not obese and definitely not skinny and wasted which is the physical appearance of the runner of today. More about this to come.
These athletes not only had endless endurance but also an awesome turn of speed.