Adjusting to Barefoot Running Without Hurting Yourself – What is working for me!

Hi! Folks, Learned a neat trick yesterday. As I increase my barefoot running technique, which I do either barefoot or with Nike Free shoes (Yes! It can be done, but you have to think barefoot or those shoes will suck you into your old way of running!), I find that my calves are having to adjust to the load in several new places. Here is the trick I used yesterday for a seven mile trail run - once I felt any ... Read more

Guarding, Feldenkrais, Triathlon Training, AAA-Stents and Origami

  Hi folks, Tip for the day: find what your neuromuscular system is guarding unnecessarily, as it can kill your training and will certainly slow you down. Book for the day: "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" by Robert Pirsig. (all about quality of life, right!). Still a great book! Links for the day: Did you know that Origami played a big role in the design of your endovascular AAA-stent graft. ... Read more

Having a Stent is Both Frightening and Enlightening; Endurance Training Ideal for the Stented

Hi folks, My girlfriend/partner, Deb, has an autistic son, Rory, which can be challenging. Deb always says that Rory has brought many more positive than negative things into her life, especially in the form of wonderful and supportive people. I have always been surprised by such a positive attitude to what seems like such a difficult, and sometimes sad, turn of events. Now that I have experienced a truly ... Read more

Stent or No Stent, Which Cycle Should You Choose, Cervelo, Karma (my preference), Schwinn, or Cori?

Good Morning Folks, Well! I need to learn about tags and categories, as mine are all screwed up, but I'll do my entry for the day and then follow some much needed advice on blogging. I woke up thinking about cycling, the most time consuming part of my sport, and the most mind consuming part of my current career in 'omics' (btw, I found the previous linked 'article' whilst looking for a general reference ... Read more

If You Have an AAA-Stent or Any Other Health Challenge, Choose Your Training Partners Carefully

Hi folks, I write my blog each day in my blogging chair at Johnny's, only in Carrboro, created by Brian Plaster and his trusty staff. Brian kindly posed for this picture of my morning blog spot, holding a bottle of my favorite wine, Our Daily Red (Organic, No Sulfites Detected). Brian is a great mountain biker, but me, I stick to the roads, and with an AAA-stent you need to think about how you ride. For ... Read more

Training For Older People With or Without an AAA-Stent

  Hi folks, Apparently, abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA) of the type I have, distal to the renal arteries extending down to the aortic bifurcation, are more common in men and the average age of detection is my age, 67 years (read this somewhere!), which I guess qualifies as 'older!.' As I am interested in finding safe ways to continue my training for Ironman distance triathlons, I started to investigate ... Read more

Run Dog was great!

Hi! Folks, I had a great running gait analysis at Road Runner Sports near San Francisco, with Shoe Dog. They really knew what they were doing. Pressure analysis and a video, which told me where I need to improve my running. I took a picture of the pressure analysis using my pda (magic again), and here it is. I thought I was spreading the load equally on each foot and I was really surprised by the zone of ... 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.