Great First Book, Great First Marathon, Great First Open Heart Surgery – Book Review: ‘Barefoot in November’

Hi folks! A very fit Benjamin Carey, father of two and one on the way, at the ripe old age of 37, was diagnosed with an aortic aneurysm in 2009. This aneurysm was not quite so big as mine at the time of diagnosis (men will compete about anything!), but it was in a much more difficult place to treat, the ascending aorta close to the heart. Interestingly, in spite of our 30 year age difference, in many respects his ... Read more

Fate Taps Gently On The Door: Self-Awareness Can Save Your Life (It Did Mine!).

  Hi folks! It is important to remember that fate sometimes taps gently on the door of our consciousness. It can be fatal not to listen. This is certainly true of many aging conditions, including aneurysms. So! For older athletes, who better to turn to for advice than the more mature athlete? For instance, Martin Duff wrote as follows in a recent article in Athletics Weekly, entitled 'Life in the Old Dog ... Read more

I Learned A Lot At The FFT White Lake Triathlon Camp – Highly Recommended!

Hi folks! I had a great time at the FFT White Lake Triathlon Camp over the weekend, and I plan to sign up again for October. It was all about communication and learning, plus some drills and workouts, of course. Plenty of food for thought, plus really good food cooked by Phil: The emphasis of the camp was on learning skills that we could apply when we returned to regular life and training, and there was ... Read more

One-Leg Bike Drills Reveal Pelvic Imbalance

Hi folks! My new coach, Eric Bean, sets me some interesting workouts, including the old one-leg drills. During today's set on my trainer, where I finally hit 162 cadence during the high cadence set, I made an interesting observation during the one-leg drills. When my legs were tired, and heading for 'clanking over the top,' the limiting issues in my pelvic muscles were different for my right and left legs. On the ... Read more

Useful Links For Health Challenged Athletes

Hi! Folks, Whilst building my business website, 'Old Dogs in Training,' it became apparent that a list of links, including books and websites that address specific health challenges for older male athletes, might be of value to my potential clients (older guys who want to get in shape safely). As I couldn't work out how to make a sub-page link in my GoDaddy Website Tonight site, I thought 'why not link it to my ... Read more

Our Social Networks Like Our Gene Networks Can Determine Who We Are And How We Live Our Lives

  Hi Folks! They say that it is not what you know but who you know. As Albus Dumbledore said to Harry Potter, "It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities." These are two instances in which networks play a major role. The first requiring social networks. The second being an expression of the behavior of highly integrated sets of biological networks, including social ... Read more

Genetic Testing For Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm? Becoming Promising!

Hi Folks! If you have AAA in your family should you carry out genetic testing to assess such a risk for your children? This is an interesting and complex issue. There are testing programs available. For instance, the Berkeley HeartLab provides information on screening for "sequence variants within the 9p21 locus of chromosome 9," along with information on its relevance to AAA. There is clearly a need for continued ... Read more

Sensitivity Analysis Through String Meditation – A Visit To The Dentist!

  Hi Folks! A while ago I was listening to National Public Radio during an interview with a woman living in Iraq who experienced ill treatment (to put it mildly) from the regime in charge at the time. This woman said that if she or her friends knew that they had to go to the 'police station,' which they would avoid at all cost, before going they would practice having to deal with pain by burning their arms ... 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.