Usain Bolt on retirement, fitness and age of super spikes

His motivation may have fluctuated, but his passion for fitness remains even after he retires. These days, Bolt continues to train every day of the week. “I do a lot of cardio. And I’m on my Peleton too. Now I just need to hone my skills on the track and increase my lung capacity. He even plans to take up the 800m on July 13 as part of a promotion for the American company CarMax, the challenge being broadcast live on his Facebook page. The event is a challenge for Bolt, but not a challenge that tempts him to run properly again.

For Bolt, getting in shape is now just about taking care of your body. “I tried to stay in shape because my friends told me that when I retire I would get fat and I was like ‘no way’. So I can’t let go when they bet me that’s going to happen in the next six to eight years. For me it’s a matter of pride, “he said.” I’m not going to let them win. I’m not going to give them satisfaction.

Heading into the Olympics, Bolt can’t help but think of his 100m world record in 9.58 seconds or his 200m record in 19.19 seconds. While he’s encouraged by the current crop of athletes and knows they certainly have the ability to break such records, he also can’t help but look to the new super spikes that have transformed the landscape. athletics. “Me and a friend were talking about this the other day,” he told The Guardian’s Sean Ingle. “And I was like, ‘should I be upset?’ Because I know that over the years everyone has tried to make different and better points but… ”

Bolt adds, “How can I argue if World Athletics decides it’s legal? I can not do anything about it. The rules are the rules. I don’t think I’ll be fully happy, but that’s just one of those things.

Still, Bolt remains adamant that if he were running in the era of super crampons – shoes with super light, energy-returning foam that would be worth at least a tenth of a second over 100m – he would have could go faster. “We guessed and talked about it, but I’m not sure,” Bolt said. “But certainly a lot faster. Below 9.5 seconds for sure. Without a doubt.”

As for how fatherhood has changed him, Bolt reveals that the biggest thing he’s learned is patience. “In the past my biggest problem was being patient with the athletes. But when you have children, you have to be much more patient. It made me think of coaching, ”he explains.

“I sat down with my trainer and started picking his brain out of different things – how he writes his program and stuff like that – so you never know. Maybe in the future I will take up the challenge. Let’s see what happens. “

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