FitOldDog’s 2016 Louisville Ironman Race Report: Success Or Failure?

FitOldDog's 2016 Louisville Ironman Race Report: Success Or Failure?

2016 Louisville Ironman Full Race Report Link For those not subscribed to my newsletter! I must admit, I really enjoyed this visit to Louisville, DNF or no DNF. I especially appreciate camping, at these races. I was really surprised about the cutoff time being reduced from 17 to 16 hours. I was informed of this at the pre-race mandatory briefing, the day before the race. I guess I missed in the athlete ... Read more

Athlete With Heart Stent, Bob Scott!

Athlete With Heart Stent, Bob Scott!

Ironman With Heart Stent? Bob Scott Set Records In Kona With His! "Scott had chest pain during a bike ride a decade ago, and did what any triathlete would do. He rode his bike to his doctor’s office. After an examination, his suspicions of cardiac disease confirmed, the doctor wanted Scott to head to the hospital for a cardiac cath. Scott agreed and started to put his helmet back on to ride his bike to the ... Read more

Should Older Athletes Shift From Intensity To Volume?

Should Older Athletes Shift From Intensity To Volume?

Older athletes: intensity or volume? Older athletes are less flexible, they recover more slowly, and they would most certainly benefit, by transitioning from intensity to volume. I was running track the other day. Along came a guy, a sprinter, and I thought, "That looks dangerous." I was busy with 3 x 1-mile repeats, real easy. He was sprinting 200 to 400s. In pain! He came walking by me, as I was ... Read more

Use Your Head When Stretching

Use Your Head When Stretching

I learned a lot from body-awareness training, including the importance head movements while stretching. As we age we tighten up. Especially after working out, when stretching is most effective. Just started more serious training for the 2016 Louisville Ironman. In my 70s. Following a Joe Friel workout, on Training Peaks. You might wonder why? To keep me out of assisted living! And to have fun doing ... Read more

Plant-Based Running Speed Work At The UNC Track! All About Attitude!

Plant-Based Running Speed Work At The UNC Track! All About Attitude!

Older athletes, undertaking plant-based running, have to take care, balancing endurance against intensity. The track is a great place to safely ease up your pace, and learn from other runners. As I finally recover from that subluxated pelvis, which has taken about two years, and settle into a vegan life-style, my pace at the track is finally returning. Fortunately, I have friends, in this case Julie, to pull ... Read more

What Do Diet, Exercise, Animal Rights, And Plantar Fasciitis Treatment Have In Common? Awareness Is Key!

What Do Diet, Exercise, Animal Rights, And Plantar Fasciitis Treatment Have In Common? Awareness Is Key!

"The benefits of the use of animals in medical research are obvious and quantifiable. From heart transplants, scans for improved prenatal diagnostic techniques, blood transfusions and anticoagulants to medication for high blood pressure, asthma and major depressive disease – most of us have benefited from the use of animals in some form." Dr Obaro Evuarherhe Human awareness evolves, one epiphany at a time, if ... Read more

The Precious Feeling Of Coming Home

The Precious Feeling Of Coming Home

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

To Remain Active Into Old Age As An Athlete, Knock Off The Booze For High Quality Training

To Remain Active Into Old Age As An Athlete, Knock Off The Booze For High Quality Training

"Even if you’re not experiencing the symptoms of a hangover, elite sports nutritionist, Matt Lovall, adds that “exercising the day after drinking alcohol can mean you have an all-round lower quality training session or sporting activity." DrinkAware.Co.UK As I work my way into my 70s, trying to stay active into old age, I've noticed that my body does not handle alcohol so well, especially if I have a hard ... Read more

Disclaimer: As a veterinarian, I do not provide medical advice for human animals. 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.