The Shadow Of Doom On Your Bike Or In The Vegetable Garden

The Shadow Of Doom On Your Bike Or In The Vegetable Garden

Fate has a way of tapping gently on the door, in the form of a cabbage white butterfly or a timid driver in your bike mirror. The cabbage white foretells the destruction of your brassicas. So, apply your BT (Bacillus thuringiensis) before it's too late. The timid driver, sitting on your tail for ages, foretells your potential demise, because as sure as eggs are eggs, on the tail of the timid driver is a really ... Read more

FitOldDog Recommends That You Fit A Brake Lever To Your Triathlon Bike Aero Bars For Safety’s Sake

Hi folks, welcome! Obstacles, such as deer, can turn up in front of your bike at any time, which is why I asked Victor to fit a brake lever on my aero bars. When you're resting your weight on your aeros, it takes a finite amount of time to unweight one arm and grab that brake lever. You might not have that time, so why take the chance? I wouldn't ride without it - have bike questions? - go to Victor I ... Read more

Invited Blog Post On Preparing For An Ironman Swim

  Hi folks, I was pleased to be invited to write a blog post at the triathlon website, Chez Ollie, and Chez Ollie. Denis was great to work with, helping set up SEO and so forth. Thanks again, Denis! -k @FitOldDog   ... Read more

Different Ways To Set Your Effort Level On The Run

  Hi folks, As a runner you can assess your effort level in a number of different ways, and some are safer than others. I have friends who head out on a run saying that they plan to hold such-and-such a pace for certain intervals or distances. These are the people who tend to be injured most frequently. Eight-minute pace can be easy one day, a struggle on another, and on occasions potentially ... Read more

Athletes Need Effective Sunscreen And A Good Dermatologist

Hi folks, I'm off to my dermatologist again tomorrow. Being fair-skinned and frequently sunburned as a kid, potential cancers pop up all the time, usually in the form of solar keratosis. These are rough patches, sometimes scaly, and tend to become white after swimming in the pool. If not removed they can progress to form a deadly kind of growth, the squamous cell carcinoma. These tumors can invade locally and ... Read more

Book “Your Medical Mind” By Groopman And Hartzband Is Highly Recommended By FitOldDog

Hi folks, I was listening to National Public Radio (NPR) the other day, when I heard some comments by Jerome Groopman and Pamela Hartzband that jibed with my point of view when it comes to doctors and the things that they say. The speakers were discussing a book that they had recently published, called 'Your Your Medical Mind: How To Decide What Is Right For You.' It sounded interesting so I downloaded it to my ... Read more

Soreness After A Workout Provides Valuable Information

Hi folks, Yesterday I started on Victor's squat diet. Having an abdominal aortic aneurysm with a stent graft, I took a cautious approach, only carrying my squat down to the point where my knees made a 90-degree angle. I was also careful to use good form, pushing out my butt with a straight spine and a firm (but not rigid) core, whilst keeping my shins fairly close to vertical to the floor. During three sets, I ... Read more

Three Cycling Tips That Might Just Save Your Life On The Bike One Day

Hi folks, Cycling on the roads is dangerous, as is Mountain Biking. Almost everything worth doing is dangerous, so don't stop, just adjust your approach for a (hopefully) long and (definitely) happy life. Even the most experienced cyclists have crashes, but there are ways to improve your chances. If you read this blog you are probably not an elite cyclist, but just a 'regular dude' like yours truly. As an ... 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.