Signed Up For the 2024 North Carolina Ironman 70.3, To Keep My Training On Track

It's 7:07 a.m. on a lovely North Carolina spring morning, listening to the cicadas. Just walked Gunbi, our new puppy who is tearing up the house. Great little dog. Now, I'm back in the kitchen writing this short blog post. We all differ with respect to what motivates us for ... Read more

Keep Your Feet With Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) or Diabetes

Keep Your Feet With Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) or Diabetes

Multiple medical professionals, even using ultrasound, have failed to find a pulse in my right foot, and the left one is weak. This is due to blockage of my popliteal arteries as a result of arteriosclerosis consequent to a severe genetic hypertriglyceridemia.. So I explored ways to improve blood flow to, through, and back from, my feet, using the basic anatomy and physiology of the human foot. My background in ... Read more

80 Year Old Triathlete Represents America In The 2023 World Half-Ironman Championships

As an "English American," I was surprised to be so pleased to have the American flag against my name in these race results, but America has been extremely generous to me. You have to work to enjoy this country, but with a little luck you have a chance to do well. In a way, I feel both American and English. I came in after the 8:30 cutoff, but the race officials insisted on giving me a medal. Maybe this is ... Read more

Wake Up Your Feet In The Pool For Peripheral Arterial Disease Therapy

Wake Up Your Feet In The Pool For Peripheral Arterial Disease Therapy

To watch this on Instagram, click this link. I use this exercise to improve my swim, and encourage better blood flow in my feet for my pain in the ass peripheral arterial disease. This strengthens and relaxes your feet, done right. It's basically a simple swim kick, toes pointed. I use bare feet, along with a more interesting workout than just standing in the water, with my mouth just clearing the surface. If ... Read more

Peripheral Arterial Disease and Penguin Feet: Never Stop Experimenting to Encourage Blood Flow

Peripheral Arterial Disease and Penguin Feet: Never Stop Experimenting to Encourage Blood Flow

I was struggling along on a run fighting off peripheral arterial disease claudication using the methods in my book, plus another couple of tricks, when I thought of penguin feet. I'm a life-long scientist, and my mind is always doing stuff like that. "Penguin feet?" you might be thinking. The connection is readily apparent, if you have an interest in countercurrent flow systems, and a desire to encourage blood ... Read more

Training for Aging is a Journey, Not a Destination

You can use your fingers to help your toes, as you train for aging and fight peripheral arterial disease. Aging is truly the toughest endurance sport. For me it has become a way of life, even though we train for aging our whole lives. Most importantly, it's never too late to start. I qualified for the 2023 World Half Ironman Championships this year by the skin of my teeth. On race day in August I will have just ... Read more

Question From Australia on Yoga Toes for Running With Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD)

Question from JW, Perth, Australia: "I have been doing the yoga toes stretch after reading your blog on how it helps in get rid of toes numb pain during claudication exercise.   The pain normally comes after about 5km mostly on the big & 2nd toe.   I  normally do 3 sets  x 30s  of yoga toes exercises daily with little improvement.  I am currently on 4E width ... Read more

Peripheral Arterial Disease Training and Treadmills

Treadmills have their place, but they are no substitute for the road or the track, when growing collaterals using Peripheral Arterial Disease Training. I recently published a book on fighting peripheral arterial disease, but I wanted to emphasize several observations that are helping my battle, as I train for a couple of half Ironman races that are coming up. (1) When doing peripheral arterial disease training ... 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.