Older Athlete Conditioning With Water Running

Older Athlete Conditioning With Water Running

As I approach the age of 78, with an abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) stent graft and progressive peripheral arterial disease (PAD), preparation for the Florida Ironman in about nine months requires some careful conditioning prior to real training to avoid injury. For this I use, (a) lots of long walks, (b) treadmill runs for mastering really low impact style to reduce calf claudication, (c) weight training and ... Read more

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Stent Graft: My Second Decade as Athlete With Stent, and Still Having Fun!

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Stent Graft: My Second Decade as Athlete With Stent, and Still Having Fun!

Here's my spare Cook Zenith Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) Stent Graft - Thank You Cook Medical, for everything. Well, here we go, training for the Florida Ironman, November 7th., 2021. It'll be really tough with peripheral arterial disease (PAD). But what's a little pain versus amputation or sitting in a wheel chair all day? Yes! Exercise is helping to keep my vascular diseases at bay, combined with a largely ... Read more

Sustainable Living? – FitOldDog’s First Novel

Sustainable Living? - FitOldDog's First Novel

I've been writing this blog for eleven years, and felt I'd earned the right to do some low-key marketing for my first novel, Scientist in the Dark. What an experience it was. I found that I didn't really write it, because the characters came alive in my head and took over. They sure gave me some surprises, while I was typing what they were doing. If you want to learn about yourself, write your first novel. It was ... Read more

Your Fifth Balance Tool, Core Strength

Your Fifth Balance Tool, Core Strength

It is well known that we have four main balance systems, (1) semi-circular canals of the inner ear, (2) somatic sense, what we feel in our body, (3) vision, locking onto a fixed object, and (4) the thousands of mechanoreceptors on the soles of our feet. HOWEVER, in the same way we rarely think of the liver as a major center of the immune system, we rarely think of core (pelvis and more) strength in relation to ... Read more

So-Called Plantar Fasciitis Nociceptive Heel Pain is From Your Hips, Believe it or Not!

So-Called Plantar Fasciitis Nociceptive Heel Pain is From Your Hips, Believe it or Not!

Site of my recent plantar fasciitis nociceptive heel pain, and we have a cat dog standoff! Competitive cycling places a load on your hip or core muscles, especially if you push the hill climbs. This is one thing that will trigger my so-called plantar fasciitis nociceptive heel pain. A few days ago, we pushed to 42-miles, on our way to 100-mile rides, as I work to reclaim my "base bike fitness level." The next ... Read more

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

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.