Ironman Training: Not Enough Pain On The Bike?

FitOldDog's trainer bike

My lovely custom Guru on the CompuTrainer. Perfect tool to induce lots of good pain, as I work to rehab my tight gluteus minimus.

King James Version
Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength because of thine enemies, that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger.” [Except my babe, see below, is in his early 40s]

Evening run at the track.

I do love evening runs at the local track. Especially when dry needling seems to be working. Photo by FitOldDog.

I recently visited Hawaii, to watch my youngest son, Nigel, in the Ironman (his eighth). During the trip, Nigel said, “Dad, I don’t think you’re suffering enough pain on the bike. Why don’t you visit the ART [Active Release Techniques] tent for your tight hip, and while you’re at it, you need a coach!

Good advice, as it turned out. I’m still recovering from a bike wreck that happened two years ago, in Las Vegas. Other than that, as an ex-springboard diver, I loved the show, ‘O‘, which was amazing. For two years following the wreck, I’ve been struggling to get my run back. I tried everything I could think of, to be finally guided towards dry needlingby the ART staff in Kona. It seemed to be working, when I ran track a couple of days ago. Now I’m crossing my fingers, and exercising those weak left gluts.

I’ll get back into full training, soon.

There is nothing like steady exercise to make you feel great about life, and about yourself.

May make it to Kona yet! I do need a coach who understands older athletes. I also need someone who can relate to the issue of abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) stent grafts. Oh Yes! And not too expensive would be good – this will take some doing.



  1. James Kehoe says

    Hi Kevin,

    I am one who has a AAA stent. I was wondering how big a deal it is for the doctors to go back in and have a stent repaired – when you knock it loose. My stent is right where the main artery splits and goes down the legs. I would like to know in case I have a bicycle accident or any kind of accident for that matter.


    • Hi Jim,
      I survived the repair, thanks to a great surgical team and a clinical trial. You can read the story, here:
      It took about 3.5 hours, as best I can judge, and since then everything seems to be ok.
      I’d have a graft, if there wasn’t the impotence concern. However, 2 years later everything seems to be fine. The actual surgery wasn’t a stress, but the anesthetic beat me up for a while.
      The real trick, I think, is to hang onto the bike, and use if for protection – easier said than done.
      I landed on the guys chain ring, right next to the stent graft, so it was a bit of a fluke.
      Chances are you’ll be fine, even if you wreck.
      Life without risk is no life at all.
      I hope that helps.

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