Johanna Quaas, 86-year old gymnast,

Look up “awesome” in the dictionary, and you’ll probably find a picture of 86-year-old gymnast Johanna Quaas. Image is linked to article. She’s an inspiration to FitOldDog.

This blog is all about providing inspiration for an active old age.

As a veterinarian and scientist, retired after an enjoyable 40-year career in research, a 6x Ironman Finisher, who is still actively competing at age 70, and a 2x survivor of endovascular aortic surgery for an abdominal aortic aneurysm, my goal, as FitOldDog, is to provide both inspiration and motivation for older people with health challenges, including aortic disease, to return to as active a life as they are able, and to do so wisely.

I want to help, boomers, seniors, and basically anyone over 50, or who feels over 50, to handle aging in a positive manner.

As a life-long student of body awareness, in martial arts, Feldenkrais, and then Continuum, I would like to keep you moving, and injury-free, as you combat the inevitable challenges of the passing years, and where possible to help you fix exercise-induced injuries, such as plantar fasciitis.

Best defense against sports injury is your mind

As a blogger, and student of life and aging, my goal is to provide you with interesting and instructive content on safe exercise for better health, and other subjects as I find them to be of potential value to you my readers.

Look back on the race, pat yourself on the back, and take some lessons away for next year - I learned you can do an IM with an AAA-stent graft!

FitOldDog with grandchild #6, Nolan, looking back on the 2011 Lake Placid Ironman race – I want to keep racing for the rest of my life! Photo by Deb.

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Life is good, if you work and play to make it so!

Kevin Morgan (aka FitOldDog)

BVSc, PhD, Diplomate ACVP, 6x Ironman Finisher, Ironman All World Athlete 2013, motivational speaker and happy granddad.



  1. Hi,

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  2. Hi Simone, I’ll contact you via your site. Thanks for the invite, which looks interesting. Cheers, Kevin

  3. Frits Massee says

    Hi Kevin, are you still there? Here is your Dutch friend Frits Massee. I saw you will join the Ironman Lake Placid again. I hope you will be finish this year with a good time! Lots of success and fun and I will follow you on the Internet. My back is much better after i raised my steer with 3 cm. I will be racing in the Worldchampionship 70.3 in Las Vegas this September. Regards, Frits.

    • Hi Frits, Yep, I’m still here, and getting ready for Placid. I am also going to be in the Worlds 70.3 in Nevada, so we’ll be racing together again, fun!!!! I qualified at the Raleigh Half a few weeks ago. It would be great to see you in Vegas. Deb is coming too, and perhaps we could all have dinner together after the race, whenever that is, or go to the Cirque du Soleil? I’ve never done this race before, as 70.3 isn’t really my distance, I’m too slow. I can be reached at 1(919) 357-3226 or by e-mail at Let’s touch base before then, but first, Placid! Kind Regards, kevin

  4. Valerie Nieves says

    I enjoyed reading your articles. They are very inspiring
    and uplifting. I had both surgeries too and my life was turned upside down. I am still recovering and i have so many issues going on with my health, I get very fatigue, short winded every time I try to dance, exercise and bend, my chest feels like it wants to compress if I do anything stenuous, my back hurts from sitting to long and my pelvic gets flared up. Do you have any suggestions. I am trying to get healthier and better fit. I am only 50 years old and this AAA has it ups and downs for me.

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