One of the most common questions I get from both Young and Older athletes is how do you keep going (hopefully improving) even though I’ve been in the sport so long. My gut instinct is to say stimulus, keeping things different so that your mind and body are always challenged and learning. Another is that no matter what, you work harder than that version of yourself did last week/month/year. Having the constant challenge to be better is what being an athlete is all about and everyone responds differently under this kind of pressure. In the end, don’t take yourself to seriously, find the fun in the grind and find the challenges where you need too! It’s ok to not progress but it’s never ok not to try.

Adam Peaty OBE