Training For Older People With or Without an AAA-Stent


Hi folks,

Apparently, abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA) of the type I have, distal to the renal arteries extending down to the aortic bifurcation, are more common in men and the average age of detection is my age, 67 years (read this somewhere!), which I guess qualifies as ‘older!.’ As I am interested in finding safe ways to continue my training for Ironman distance triathlons, I started to investigate the literature on training issues for older people. I have, therefore, decided to link articles and titles of books of interest with respect to this issue to this blog (tag = literature). My favorite article indicates that vigorous rowing may be contraindicated for AAA-stent owners, which resulted in my removing a rowing machine warm up from my usual routine at the gym. Right now, my favorite book with respect to improving the safety of my training with an AAA-stent is Born to Run, which introduced me to barefoot running. Barefoot running has many benefits, including increasing one’s awareness of one’s surroundings, especially with respect to the ground. There are a number books addressing training approaches for older or Chez Ollie, and I will read them as I find them and comment as necessary.

OK! Time to climb on the old Power Cranks and then swim. Remember, you are as young as you feel, and don’t get talked into thinking that you are ‘old.’

-k Your Medical Mind


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.