Deal With The Physical Challenges of Aging By Decoding Tightness Through Regular Body Work

Deal With The Physical Challenges of Aging By Decoding Tightness Through Regular Body WorkFit

As an older athlete, now in my 70s, keeping my body moving in endurance races takes a little body work, where the input of experts helps a lot. I must admit that I love my training life-style, but each day I have to work on tight spots, and from time-to-time I seek assistance from body movement experts. If I was as well off, financially, as Bob Hope in his later years, just like him I'd have a massage every day, ... Read more

Lessons From The 2014 Mont-Tremblant Ironman – Too Tough For Old Guys?

Lessons From The 2014 Mont-Tremblant Ironman - Too Tough For Old Guys?Deb at a great campsite on our way home from the 2014 Mont-Tremblant Ironman

Interesting Ironman race in Mont-Tremblant last weekend, and we had great fun camping, which was also much less expensive than the big hotels at the Ski center. The soporific rain on our tent sure helped me to sleep; 11 hours night -1, and 7 hours night before the race - best pre-race sleeps ever. What an outcome for our age-group, 6/7 didn't make it, even my hero, Howard Glass, though he'd been sick, ... Read more

FitOldDog Decoded His Running Injury, Plantar Fasciitis (#2); In Time For Mont-Tremblant Ironman?

FitOldDog Decoded His Running Injury, Plantar Fasciitis (#2); In Time For Mont-Tremblant Ironman?FitOldDog's friend Steph at the Mont-Tremblant Ironman

When undertaking training for an endurance race, especially when it comes to running injury, it rarely pays to change anything at the last minute. Sometimes you are forced to adjust, such as when struggling with a tight calf, so work it through carefully, and pull out if you have to - live to fight another day. But, you might say, "Wait a minute, endurance races are 50-90% mental, so how can I avoid being ... Read more

Endurance Athlete With Positive Attitude To His Aortic Disease

Endurance Athlete With Positive Attitude To His Aortic DiseaseShaun, ultramarathoner

I just received an 'out of the blue' communication from an endurance athlete, Shaun, an ultramarathoner who plans to continue his running once he recovers from recent aortic valve surgery. Shaun kindly permitted me to present his story here, as extracted from our e-mail conversation. When you are out there on your own on the trails with aortic disease, inspiration from fellow 'aortic athletes'' provides ... Read more

Emotional Stress Makes Training A Challenge, But Exercise Helps You Handle Emotional Stress!

Emotional Stress Makes Training A Challenge, But Exercise Helps You Handle Emotional Stress!Homer Simpson, the scream

FitOldDog's Exercise Tips: Into every life a little rain must fall, right? But try to workout anyway. When it comes to stress, it is important to optimize eustress (good stress) in your life, and minimize distress (bad stress). I was at the pool a couple of days ago, whilst in the middle of a family 'issue' that made no sense at all - someone is crazy and I know it's not me (but then, all crazy people say that, ... Read more

For Greater Enjoyment Of Races, Be A Completitor Instead Of A Competitor

For Greater Enjoyment Of Races, Be A Completitor Instead Of A CompetitorRuby Muir Tarawera Race Report

One of my favorite exercise tips is to finish races feeling good, not nauseous but hungry, and remember that winning is not everything. In fact, I think this approach is the way to really win. When I undertake a race, short or long, I don't seem to be focused on winning so much as finishing, feeling happy (and ravenous). I'm not much of a competitor, I'm really a completitor. I just learned this excellent term ... Read more

To Avoid Flat Feet Develop Strong Limber Arches

To Avoid Flat Feet Develop Strong Limber ArchesRebecca on the trampoline

It seems that the older I get the more my feet ache in the mornings, and much of this can be traced to tight calves and hamstrings, in my case at least. You could develop flat feet (collapsed arches), if you give into the constant pull of gravity, but your normally springy arches are designed to protect your body from jarring impacts and to facilitate effective walking and running. So, look after your ... Read more

Lonely Aging? Inspiration From A One-Armed Man.

Lonely Aging? Inspiration From A One-Armed Man.Bart Simpson and the one-armed man

Hi folks, welcome! If you are having a hard time finding inspiration to help you cope with aging, remember that there are always others who have overcome greater adversity into later life, and with a smile. Along with aging, can come a feeling of increased separation from the mainstream of society, but it can be countered by inspiration from others who have traveled a harder road, which is why I spoke to ... Read more

Could Willy Loman Turn Setbacks Into Opportunities?

Could Willy Loman Turn Setbacks Into Opportunities?Death of a Salesman

Hi folks, welcome! Sometimes I feel like a young man trapped in an old man's body, as I deal with the challenges of training, especially when it comes to running. So, can I turn setbacks into opportunities? As I struggle to get my training back on track, and deal with the challenges of WordPress locking up all the time, I decided that I needed to read a good book. I chose a an uplifting and cheerful play, ... Read more

How to fix plantar fasciitis in five steps

How to fix plantar fasciitis in five stepsBest defense against sports injuries is your mind.

Hi folks, welcome! One week ago, I told my movement and dance teacher (not that I like to dance, I just want to move freely into late old age - I'm a sprightly 71, right now), Rebecca, that I had managed to induce a  case of plantar fasciitis heel pain in my left foot, by changing my running shoes, only one month before my next Ironman race, and she said, "Great, we can demonstrate that our method really ... Read more

Disclaimer: this publication does not provide medical advice. If you undertake or modify an exercise program, consult your medical advisors before doing so. Undertaking activities pursued by the author does not mean that he endorses your undertaking such activities, which is clearly your decision and responsibility. Be careful and sensible, please.