Those who have been doing this thing we do, forever. Are a different breed and will be working out with a greater intensity than those who are new or coming back to it. A life time of conditioning enables one to recover from intense workouts much more quickly. So reading the logs of veterans can be intimidating and leave one feeling like they are not making the grade.
It should be understood that this is for life. If one does not have that life time commitment they will be constantly struggling to stay conditioned. It never gets easier, if it does you're doing it wrong, but the ability to recover does become greater.
One has to look at this from the proper perspective. It's about the quality and quantity of life and only consistent progress can achieve the highest level of this life style. Working out, diet and rest are very important and all three much be adhered to in order to succeed.
Diet is very important and should be researched and tweaked to fit your genetic makeup. Workouts should progress at a constant rate, and the Ego should always be left at the door. This is not a race and those that treat it as such will consistently have injury set backs.
Any gain is a good gain. Aerobic exercise is as important as anaerobic. The stronger the heart and lungs are the greater the volume of nutrients being delivered to the body will be. Therefore the greater the recovery rate.
Nothing great or worthy happens quickly. If it did everyone would be in great shape. It's hard dedicated work that has a compound interest effect later in life. At 52, with over thirty years of training. I act like I'm twenty because I feel like I'm twenty. If one wishes to enjoy life at ninety, don't wait any longer. The quality of life latter in life it determined by your actions now. Don't wait any longer and NEVER!! stop, THIS IS FOR LIFE!!!!
Don't forget to have fun.