If Only I Could Run Like Randy Because Real Ironman Carnage Occurs During The Run (To Quote Chris Hauth)

FitOldDog chowing down with family, after finishing first in his small but competitive age-group at the Raleigh Half Ironman

Chowing down post-race. Ironman is about family, friends, and challenges that help you deal with the real ups and downs of life. Rupert (AAA stent) and I did well, qualifying for Ironman 70.3 Worlds Championships. It all happened on the run! Photo by Randy.

Hi folks! Thanks for stopping by!

Randy (right), FitOldDog's friend, running inspiration, great support crew and photographer. Photo by Deb.

Randy, FitOldDog’s friend, running inspiration, great support crew and photographer. Photo by Deb.

I had a great Ironman coach a while ago, and I still do in my head, Chris Hauth.

I decided to stop his coaching plan for two reasons, (1) I walked away from a well paid job to start this new life, so I can’t afford to do anything that doesn’t help raise revenue to support my Ironman lifestyle, and (2) I seemed to be the only person who could work out what kind of training is safe and effective with an abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) stent graft. Chris’s words of wisdom still play in my head, and they recently carried me to a success (my family would say overdue success, FINALLY!), qualifying for the Worlds Triathlon Championships, 2013, to be held in Nevada.

FitOldDog's age-group first place plaque in the Raleigh Half Ironman 2013.

Couldn’t resist putting this here; hell, it took me long enough.

Several years ago in Lake Placid, Chris said, “Kevin, the real carnage happens on the run, so get out there and do it,” which I did in the Raleigh Half Ironman, yesterday, capturing the first spot at mile-10 on the run. I can hear Chris saying, “About time!

My family was overjoyed, whilst my youngest son and real triathlete, Nigel, said:

“Awesome!!! Now just do the same thing at Placid!!!!”

Note the careful use of the number of exclamation marks, meaning this is not the time to stop training because of one success! Kids!!!!!

OK! Nigel’s right! Off to the pool with Rick today for active recovery, and hit the trails tomorrow.

-k @FitOldDog



  1. Congratulations, Kevin!!!!!!! I’m so happy for you.

  2. Thank you Karen. Time for me to have another session, based on finishing photos. Much appreciated. Kevin

  3. Kevin,

    Hi there – long time lurker, first time commenter. Started reading your blog over the winter after meeting your son Nick. Fantastic, especially given the heat. Bravo.


  4. “Long time lurker,” made me smile. Thanks for your comment. Now to see if I can pull off the same trick in Placid. -kevin

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