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FitOldDog at the 2010 Lake Placid Ironman

Fit as a fiddle, and completely unsuspecting! Lake Placid Ironman, 2010. Going with Deb, for body marking (race number), at 4:00 am. Little did we know, I had a huge bulge in my aorta. About 3-weeks later I was having my first aortic surgery – dangerous stuff – but not dead yet!

This blog, and the FitOldDog brand, were created in direct response to a major health challenge. An abdominal aortic aneurysm, detected as a result of odd things happening during the 2010 Lake Placid Ironman. I was 67 years old at the time, and fit as fiddle!

This precipitated my departure from a 40-year career as a  veterinary pathologist and researcher. A career I had enjoyed immensely.

Having no-one to talk to about my situation, I reached out through the Internet. I found plenty of inspiring people, and many others needing encouragement and reassurance.

FitOldDog was born.

Why the name? I am a veterinarian and an endurance athlete. A brand or logo was needed for my work.

I wanted to inspire and encourage. A friend, was jesting with me, and said, “Kevin, you old dog, you.” I thought, “OldDog.” Not bad! The URL (web address) was already taken. So I added fit, to make FitOldDog!

That’s me! FitOldDog. I plan to stay fit and enjoy life for as long as I can.

My business, Old Dogs in Training, LLC, is slowly evolving. As I seek ways to change the world for the better.

You, too, can overcome challenges and enjoy life as you age.

Just be a FitOldDog!

FitOldDog with his grandson, after completing the 2011 Lake Placid Ironman

Stay in shape, and enjoy your grandchildren.

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Over-coming health challenges and injuries

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Safe Exercise

Best defense against sports injury is your mind

Kindness To Animals

Chick with egg.

General advice on healthy aging and the nature of life

MRI images of thigh region to show effect of exercise on muscle mass.

This is why you need to exercise: Just look and learn. See how fragile the bone is in the unexercised legs; it’s not just the muscles that decay away.

Endurance (Ironman) Training

Finally, my favorite post

Bobby Jones golf swingI think it is the most useful thing I’ve written so far! Not many agree with me, but that’s life. I wrote it in response to a request for advice from a serious golfer. Alan! Who became a friend! We have a common interest in sports and aortic disease!

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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.