Nations and Sports Have Both Written And Unwritten Rules Of Behavior

  Hi folks, There's an old quote that came to my mind today, whilst I was sitting, well attempting to sit, in the Bus Station in Alicante, Spain, which goes as follows: "Any fool can make a rule, and any fool will mind it" Henry David Thoreau Rules are interesting and important facts of life, some of which make life work and others can make it a hell. This is certainly true of any sport, for ... Read more

Great Things I’ve Learned From Competing In Races As An Older Age-Grouper

  Hi folks, When it comes to safe exercise for better health, where does competing come in? Well! It can be introduced in many different ways, depending upon your goals and motivators. Some people like to work out just for the joy of the exercise, whilst others (including myself) are more goal oriented, using a race as the key milestone in their training. If you have no interest in competing with ... Read more

Our Personal Legacy And Don’t Trash Up The Ironman Course

  Ozymandias by Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822) "I met a traveller from an antique land  Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone  Stand in the desert. Near them, on the sand,  Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown,  And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,  Tell that its sculptor well those passions read  Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,  The hand that mocked ... Read more

Is The Ironman Safe? FitOldDog Says, “Yes, If You Do It Right.” What Do The Experts Say?

Hi folks, We live in a truly hostile environment, and we want to feel safe. The air we breathe is held on by gravity, and one good near miss by a large meteor could suck it all away. The solid ground isn't solid after all (ever been through a small earthquake?), and the so-called solid bit is floating on molten rock (not friendly stuff for organisms made largely of water). We are surrounded by and full of other ... Read more

My First Lyric Essay: Chased Out Of The Woods By The Boston PD

Hi folks, In order to improve my writing skills, I signed up for a class with AndiLit. For our homework today we have to write a lyric essay. If I can write a lyric sentence I will be surprised. I thought that it would be a swell idea to subject y'all to my first attempt, in the hopes that one of you might provide me with some artistic guidance before final copy is due on the desk of the 'boss' of AndiLit, Andrea, ... Read more

Easy Out Negative Split Is The Way To Race For Older Athletes

Hi folks, Over the years I find that I have settled into a pre-race behavior pattern, including boosting liver glycogen levels over the previous day or so, staying well hydrated, preparing all of my gear the night before, and not the morning of, and so on. Most of this I learned from my various coaches. One of the best pieces of advice for running races, ever, that I first received from one of my early coaches, ... 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.