The Shadow Of Doom On Your Bike Or In The Vegetable Garden

The Shadow Of Doom On Your Bike Or In The Vegetable GardenThe shadow of doom over FitOldDog's brassicas.

Fate has a way of tapping gently on the door, in the form of a cabbage white butterfly or a timid driver in your bike mirror. The cabbage white foretells the destruction of your brassicas. So, apply your BT (Bacillus thuringiensis) before it's too late. The timid driver, sitting on your tail for ages, foretells your potential demise, because as sure as eggs are eggs, on the tail of the timid driver is a really ... Read more

You Can’t Tell A Network By It’s Cover – What’s To Eat, Healthy Meals?

You Can't Tell A Network By It's Cover - What's To Eat, Healthy Meals?Vegetarian meal for FitOldDog

I find myself under increasing pressure to become a vegetarian, plant-only eater, Vegan or Paleolithic Lookalike, but which one would be good for both my body and the Biosphere, I wonder? What are healthy meals for every person, and the rest of the living skin of planet Earth? As I was working on The Thoughtful Athlete website, the other day, I decided to add the topic of diet choices, because I suspect that ... Read more

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Half Ironman Race, Graft Versus Stent, At Eagleman 2015

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Half Ironman Race, Graft Versus Stent, At Eagleman 2015Pauline stress test

PLEASE NOTE: If you have aortic disease, don't undertake any kind of sport or exercise before you have carried out your own benefit/risk assessment, with the guidance of your medical advisors. In the fall of 2010, I started this blog, in the hopes of finding another Ironman-distance triathlete with an abdominal aortic aneurysm stent graft. I am yet to find such an athlete, but the first person to respond to my ... Read more

Running Safely, First Marathon, What’s To Consider?

Running Safely, First Marathon, What's To Consider?FitOldDog's makes a low carb pizza dough.

I was recently asked for advice on approaching running safely, so I decided to provide some of my thoughts in this brief blog post. When people ask me for advice on undertaking a run for the first time, or taking on their first marathon, I always say the same thing, (1) learn a low impact running style, such as Chi Running, (2) choose a race with gentle rollers to avoid repetitive motion injury, and (3) bring ... Read more

There Are Many Ways To Be Successful – Just Don’t Give Up!

There Are Many Ways To Be Successful - Just Don't Give Up!Shirts That Go at Touch A Truck

There is more to a successful business or running race than going fast or making a fast buck. It's really about going at your own pace, having fun, working hard, and meeting great people, like Gloria, along the way. And remember, just don't give up! I must admit that I really admire my eldest son, Nick, for his grit, determination, and discipline, with it comes to his business, Shirts That Go, and his interests, ... Read more

Non-Human And Human Animal Rights, And Caring For The Biosphere – A Conundrum

Non-Human And Human Animal Rights, And Caring For The Biosphere - A ConundrumCashew bread

Humans, unwittingly quite often I suspect, create traps for wildlife, which could be soon avoided through education, awareness, and most importantly, caring. Whilst digging through the local community mulch pile, I came across one of my pet peeves, the horrible plastic mesh that is used to make it easier to transport grass turf. It is a trap, waiting for any unwitting critter, and quite unnecessary. I laid plenty ... Read more

Does Nasacort Cause Tinnitus? Are You A Chicken Or A Mouse?

Does Nasacort Cause Tinnitus? Are You A Chicken Or A Mouse?nasacort

"I'm a doctor, so I can say this with a straight face: Don't trust your doctor. There's no question in my mind that today most doctors are businessmen first and doctors second. And you shouldn't trust your doctor anymore than you trust your stockbroker, (if you are foolish enough to have one)." Dr. Peter Rost. Does Nasacort cause tinnitus, or ringing in the ears? Recently, a medical professional friend of mine, who ... Read more

How We Choose: Half Ironman Training Plan Selection

How We Choose: Half Ironman Training Plan SelectionBook Influence the psychology of persuasion

"The true dogwood flowers are actually tiny, yellowish to yellowish-green and insignificant, being compacted into button-like clusters. However, each flower cluster is surrounded by four showy, white, petal-like bracts, which open flat, giving the appearance of a single, large, 3-4” diameter, 4-petaled, white flower." Ultraviolet Photography The world is not necessarily as we perceive it. Some of us are so sure ... Read more

The Pen Is Mightier Than The Sword – Rachel Carson, Animal Experimentation, And Conflict Resolution

The Pen Is Mightier Than The Sword  - Rachel Carson, Animal Experimentation, And Conflict ResolutionRachael Carson Headline NYTimes

While enjoying a cup of coffee, recently, my attention was pulled away from a sign about a deadly attack cat, who never did make an appearance, to times past. I had spotted Rachel Carson's inspiring book, Silent Spring, on an adjacent shelf. This book created a conflict that continues to this day, which had me wondering about conflict resolution, and how best to deal it? I seem to be better at creating conflict, ... Read more

The Precious Feeling Of Coming Home

The Precious Feeling Of Coming HomeTadpoles in jam jar

The feeling of coming home contains a valuable message about who you are. Many years ago (1970s), I left a well-paid job, as a large animal (cows mainly) veterinarian in the Southwest of England, to accept a poorly-paid position in sheep diseases research, in the hinterlands (Scotland). I entered the office of my boss-to-be (Dick), who was away for 3-weeks, to find these simple instructions, "Don't forget to ... 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.