FitOldDog Had A Hard Year In 2012 But He Learned A Lot About Safe Exercise For Better Health In Older People



Heat stroke is a very common condition that more commonly affects children and elderly patients and is worsened when they take certain medications such as blood pressure pills, diuretics and some anti-inflammatories.”

From: Female Focus Online

Hi folks,

FitOldDog, who had dropped out of the race due to heat stroke, is waiting for his son, Nigel, who it turns out also had major problems with the heat, suggesting that genetics may play a role.

FitOldDog, who had dropped out of the race due to heat stroke 5 hrs previously, is waiting for his son, Nigel, who, it turns out, also had major problems with the heat, suggesting that genetics may play a role. Photo by Meghan Truesdell.

Today I have a mild flu or flu-like condition, including a fever, headache, sore muscles all over the place, and a raging sinusitis, but it is just par for the course this year. I caught it from my wife/partner/friend Deb, who works in the Emergency Room at a local hospital. I’ve also had a year of poor performances at my triathlon meets. My real problem in 2012 was the heat, resulting in my first DNF (Did Not Finish), but I learned some really important stuff. For instance, older people on high blood pressure medications are more prone to heat stroke, which is what ruined my Lake Placid Ironman 2012. I didn’t know about this synergy between age and hypertension medication – I’m on an ACE inhibitor for abdominal aortic aneurysm stent-induced hypertension – until my sister and Editor, Marian, sent me a link to an interesting article on the subject of heat stroke, which, by the way, is extremely dangerous. These are the kinds of things that you need to look out for when undertaking  a program of safe exercise for better health as an older person.

This year, in addition to heat issues, I suffered a continuous stream of minor setbacks, but those are the breaks. My advice is to ‘just suck it up‘ and don’t let it set you back. Everyone has a bad year from time to time.

OK, with the flu, fever and a lovely headache, I’ve got to go back to bed, but I didn’t want to miss my daily (well almost) blog post.

Have a fun day and don’t let the minor road bumps of life derail you from your hopes and dreams.

-k @FitOldDog



  1. And we’re only half way through the year!

  2. Marsha Schauer says

    Sorry to hear of your virus. I had 3 episodes of sinusitis this year, or was it one long one? I bet you’re back doing your thing very soon!

    • Hi Marian, I think I’m finally back, about to but to write a brief post. Awoke not completely bathed in sweat for the first time in about 5 days. We considered flu, then strep, but it turned out to show the signs of tick-borne or mosquito-borne disease (somewhat common here), and will probably never know the organism – classic undulant fever and many unpleasant symptoms, the worst of which were headache and malaise, possible RMSF or Lime, but there are many, and I bet most have yet to be characterized – Doxycyclin + forced rest has saved the day. Finally moving again. Will hear more from me soon. Not completely over it but on the downhill slope. Keep the 5x coming. -k

  3. Your blog is great. You put a nice twist to it. I like this one Kevin.

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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.