Lower Back Pain, I Did It Again, And I Know Better

Lower Back Pain, I Did It Again, And I Know Better

I yanked my right psoas muscle, and it's easy done with a previously injured muscle or muscle group. I was happily working on the latest book, and lost track of time. After about three hours, lost in my writing, I suddenly thought, "Did I leave the kettle on for coffee, I'll have burned it again." So! I put the computer down and jumped up. Bad decision! My right psoas (hip flexor) spasmed, bringing the left ... Read more

COVID-19 Airflow Patterns? It’s not a matter of distance, it’s a matter of fluid dynamics, especially on the bike.

If the rider, walker or runner in front or to the side of you is generating a cloud of particles containing covid-19, distance can be irrelevant. It's a matter of where the cloud is going. If you are drafting, best of luck. If you are riding parallel, you effectively have an air wall between you and them, unless there is a strong lateral wind. Then it comes down to the direction and relative velocities of your air ... Read more

Signed up for Ironman Florida 2020

Signed up for Ironman Florida 2020

Well! They canceled the Asheville marathon, just after I finished the last long run, of 19 miles. So I did the training, anyway, in spite of peripheral arterial disease (PAD) calf and foot pain. The training definitely ameliorates PAD. Time to get back on the bike, now the weather is improving, with an easy spin this afternoon. No regular bike! Custom fit Guru, designed by Victor of Bicycle Lab to reduce hip ... Read more

Build Your Aging Training Base in Your 50s and It Will Be There for Your 70s, 80s and Beyond

Once your body learns something, even when neglected for years, it remembers. It remembers mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually. I found this while reapplying water running to my ongoing peripheral arterial disease (PAD) marathon and Ironman training, to spare my feet on long training runs. https://youtu.be/DVgzPzoxVmg Water running is a great tool for endurance run conditioning later in ... Read more

Ironman Triathlon Saved My Life Multiple Times

Ironman Triathlon Saved My Life Multiple Times

IRONMAN TRIATHLON SAVED MY LIFE #1: Yep! Believe it or not, Ironman Triathlon saved my life, multiple times. Back in the late 1970s, I was sitting in my office, at Battelle Labs, Geneva, Switzerland, when one of our technicians came in and said, "Kevin, we need some normal blood, please." So I rolled up my sleeve and held out my arm. About 10 minutes later, she returned, held up a glass tube, and said, "What ... Read more

Gratefulness and Aging

Gratefulness and Aging

Gratefulness and aging go well together, as you fight entropy-induced decay, with the aid of syntropy or your life-force. Gizmo needed a home, and our home was ready, so Gizmo (front and center) walked briskly into our life in the tiny house, for which I am grateful. Willbe says he'll think about it. While writing my latest book, "How to Train for Aging, The Ultimate Endurance Sport," I thought hard and long ... Read more

How to Train for Aging, The Ultimate Endurance Sport

How to Train for Aging, The Ultimate Endurance Sport

Aging is coming, whether you are ready or not. I'm so glad I took up an endurance sport in my 50s. I sure wouldn't have been ready for an aortic aneurysm in 2010, or now, in my mid-70s with peripheral arterial disease due to genetic hyperlipidemia. Bob Scott, an inspiration for older people facing the challenges of aging. He beat me three times in the Eagleman, Half-Ironman race, at age 81, 82 and 84 - WITH ... Read more

Balance, and Vision Blinds Us

Balance, and Vision Blinds Us

Vision blinds us? I awake, again, to a nice warm cat on my feet, a large warm dog huddled up to my side, and a wood stove needing attention. What's new! Boy, Willbe, Cat and I would freeze pretty quickly in our tiny house without this little wood stove. I go outside, one step away, to a world that is quiet and dark, with Orion's belt overhead. I've enjoyed my morning tea, two cups, several hours ago. I step ... 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.