FitOldDog Resembles Candide, He Finally Has Life In Balance, Happy Preparing His Garden.

FitOldDog Resembles Candide, He Finally Has Life In Balance, Happy Preparing His Garden.FitOldDog's builder, Jack, 89 years old.

"Neither need you tell me," said Candide, "that we must take care of our garden." Candide by Voltaire. It is important to have your life in balance, and a vegetable garden can help you to achieve that. I've had some great gardens in my time, and for some reason I chose to prepare another, and it's a big job. I was sitting, contemplating, one day, and Candide came to mind. It was probably triggered to my ... Read more

If You’re In A Bike Wreck Consider Visiting An Osteopath To Avoid My Ironman Training Nightmare

If You're In A Bike Wreck Consider Visiting An Osteopath To Avoid My Ironman Training NightmareAndrew Taylor Still, the father of Osteopathic Medicine

Story in brief: Bike wreck August 2014 -> displaced pelvis (didn't know that) -> misalignment -> chronically tight leg and hip muscles -> lots of roller work and stretching -> ITBS at Eagleman 2014 -> more rollers and stretching -> tried my arch supports -> plantar fasciitis -> detection of source of these problems in hips by body movement expert, Rebecca -> Tara, my massage therapist ... Read more

FitOldDog’s Living With Aortic Disease Flyer: Thoughts?

FitOldDog's Living With Aortic Disease Flyer: Thoughts?Old Guys running.

I've been living with aortic disease for some time now, thanks to my magical abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) stent graft and it's recent reparative extension. So I write about my experiences, especially when it comes to Ironman training with an AAA stent. A number of people, in certain hospitals (can't say which people, I guess, or someone'll HIPPA me to death), have asked me for a flyer to promote my blog, ... Read more

Plantar Fasciitis Heel Pain Could Be Your Friend: Working On The Second Edition Of FitOldDog’s Treatment For Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar Fasciitis Heel Pain Could Be Your Friend: Working On The Second Edition Of FitOldDog's Treatment For Plantar FasciitisIleotibial band artice.

Why would I say that my plantar fasciitis heel pain could be my friend? Because it was a warning bell, indicating bigger trouble yet to come if I didn't address the issue. Yes! Pain can be your ally, though that is not always the case. When I told my co-author, and body movement teacher, Rebecca, that I had just contracted my second case of plantar fasciitis heel pain, she laughed and said, "That's great! Now we ... Read more

Sleep Interrupted At 1 am, Hope And Fear Doing Battle, The Cat Arrives

Sleep Interrupted At 1 am, Hope And Fear Doing Battle, The Cat ArrivesTwitter follower

Sleep is important for health, and in my case training, but I awake at 1 am., hope and fear at war in my mind (neocortex and limbic system, presumably). What if this, what if that, ... the endless chatter of the mind. I know what's going on, but it's so hard to silence the mind sometimes, even if I do meditate on the Now. Then I realize that it's very hot in the room, so I get up, open the door, careful not to ... Read more

I Love My Custom Bike!

I Love My Custom Bike!FitOldDog's bike tee-shirt

We always love our kids, whether we like their behavior or not. I'll never forget my number two son saying, "I love my bike!" when he was but just a kid. It wasn't a custom bike, I hasten to add. That stuck with me, and now I love my bike. It is really important to appreciate your gear and never take it for granted, which is surely true of a custom bike. What amazing technology! You can travel a 100 miles with ... Read more

Important News: “Training exercise did not influence rate of abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) enlargement”

Important News: "Training exercise did not influence rate of abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) enlargement"correlation graph

A number of people have accused (yes, accused) me of inducing my abdominal aortic aneurysm by undertaking endurance sports, in the form of Ironman, at an older age. Never made any sense to me, as it is clearly a connective tissue disorder, based on aortic fluid mechanics alone. The article referred to below supports my case. And here are the conclusions of this recent research study on the issue, posted ... Read more

Damn! Life Is Good. Even At The Back Of The Pack! Maryland Ironman Here I Come.

Damn! Life Is Good. Even At The Back Of The Pack! Maryland Ironman Here I Come.Great

Video is a short excerpt from my Mont-Tremblant race video, to show a pro going by, making it look as though FitOldDog is standing still (at about 17 mph). "...Amanda says if there's something you really want, you can figure out a way to get it. She says being discouraged is a waste of time." The Year Of The Flood, by Margaret Atwood. I just had a great bike ride with some friends, and I'm feeling that life ... Read more

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 WorkRebecca works on FitOldDog's plantar fasciitis

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

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.