Find Your Ferret Before Aging Takes It’s Toll

Hi folks, welcome to my thoughts on 'what happened.' You have to have a dream for a dream to come true, which is increasingly important as you deal with aging. I was chatting to my son, Nigel, on the phone the other day and he was discussing his latest project idea, when he said, "Maybe I'm just looking for my ferret again?" I asked what that was all about, and he said, "Well, as a kid I always wanted ... Read more

FitOldDog’s Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Stent Graft Extension Has Survived Ironman Training And The Aneurysm Is Shrinking Again! Good News!

Hi folks, welcome! After completing (not wonderfully, but finishing anyway, though I lost my bet of a crab dinner to Greg who had a great race) the Eagleman Half Ironman last weekend, I went to the Cleveland Clinic for my 6 month checkup. All is well, in spite of concerns about cycling adversely affecting the stent graft extension that was installed about 6 months ago - so now to prepare for the 2014 ... Read more

Older Athletes Say Ironman Training Is Good For Their Health – Just Look At Those Old Guys Who Don’t Exercise!

Hi folks, welcome. I'm here again, at the Eagleman Half Ironman, about 6 months after having my abdominal aortic aneurysm stent graft repaired at the Cleveland clinic. At these races I see a few familiar faces, guys in my age group, and a small group it is. There are more at this race than any, as it is one of the few half ironman races that award slots for the big race, the Hawaii Ironman. As I was ... Read more

Recovery From Major Surgery May Take Longer Than You Think, But I Suspect That Luis Has It Nailed

“If I had an hour to solve a problem I'd spend 55 minutes thinking about the problem and 5 minutes thinking about solutions.”  Albert Einstein Hi folks, welcome to my thoughts! I do love to think, and I especially like it when I'm proven wrong with respect to some set idea in my head. Of course, I'll kick and scream before I change - hell, I'm a misoneist, like the rest of us. I don't do so well with ... Read more

How Lucky I Am To Be A 70-Year Old Ironman-Distance Triathlete In Spite Of My Aortic Disease – Not Dead Yet!

Hi folks, welcome! Life is fragile, live it while you can! I was sitting here having a glass of wine, with two dogs (Willbe and Scooter) and one cat (Cat), enjoying a glass of wine, and it occurred to me how lucky I am to be alive. Not just because I have an abdominal aortic aneurysm and progressive aortic disease (hell, we all have something), from which I have been rescued by modern technology. It's ... Read more

FitOldDog Is Pleased To Achieve Ironman All World Athlete Status, But He Wishes He Was Running In The Boston Marathon Today With Jeff

Interesting vignettes told by Jeff, at Fleet Feet, Carrboro, NC, USA, and paraphrased here by FitOldDog: "I had a really bad case of plantar fasciitis one year, but I was entered in a 100-mile running race so I ran it anyway. It was hell for the first 60 miles, then the pain in my feet vanished, and it never came back." [FitOldDog: How about that for a cure for plantar fasciitis?]. "I bought some new socks, ... Read more

When Should You Go To The Doctor, And When Should You Work It Out For Yourself?

Hi folks, welcome! The question presented in the title of this blog post is not always as easy to answer as you might think. Increasingly, I receive requests for advice on sports injuries and how to exercise safely with aortic disease. Sometimes I can help, simply because of (1) my veterinary medical and pathology training, combined with (2) a background in Ironman training, with (3) extensive study of body ... Read more

How To Stay In The Sport As An Aging Athlete, FitOldDog’s Seven Simple Rules

Hi folks! Welcome. One thing is for sure, exercise is good for you. Another thing is for sure, the older you get the easier it is to injure yourself Yet another thing is for sure, the older you are the longer it takes to recover. And even another thing is for sure, because you're older doesn't mean you're necessarily smarter. You have to work at it to stay in your sport as you age, so here are some ... 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.