Training for a Spartan Race at 60!

In training for a Spartan Race I am constantly in awe of the capabilities of the human body, mind and spirit. Sure, I had placed in two Classic Physique shows in 2018 but I had not run or trained in this fashion in over 30 years. I started slow, learning to run again and improving my mobility, not wanting to pull a hamstring or tear an achilles. Now at 60 years of age, I can consistently run 2 miles in 20 minutes and handle any combination of sprint intervals. With that I’m targeting May of 2020 for my first Spartan Race.

I will not be denied!

Emotions

Emotions are not good or bad, simply energy in motion. Sometimes poetry, sometimes despair. They can bind us to our past or be our liberation.

Emotions color our world with texture and meaning. Truly the most ancient of all languages.

Emotions were the original iMessage or text. An exchange of messages communicating our wants, needs and desires.

Emotions can renew us or deplete us. So give love, show gratitude, be a source of encouragement!

My Next Challenge!

After spending the past four years powerlifting and bodybuilding I found myself wondering if I could (turning 60 soon and no serious running in 30 years) run a couple miles in an emergency. So I started jogging and doing sprint intervals on an indoor track and soon I could knock out a 10 minute mile and 24 minute two mile!

I thought, there really is no reason why a 60 year old should not be able to do the same physical tasks that he did in his 20s, albeit a tad slower.

And just like that, I’m training for a Spartan Race!

https://www.spartan.com/en/the-race

Aging Well

Did you know that lifting heavy things and putting them down is the best way for men over 40 to maintain healthy levels of free testosterone and for women to reverse menopausal weight gain and stop bone loss?

Imagine a world in which doctors prescribed strength training. Where employees who maintain healthy weight and blood pressure have reduced medical deductibles.

Did you know that U.S. life expectancy is now declining?

This should be a national emergency!

Four Years Without Being Sick

Five years ago my blood pressure, cholesterol, triglycerides and blood sugar were off the charts. My doctor strongly suggested that I go on statins. I asked him for how long and he said forever because if I went off them that my risk of having a cardiac event would be even higher than if I had never went on statins!

Needless to say, I followed a different path. I decided to transform my body composition, drop body fat from close to 40% to around 10%. I knew that this would decrease my insulin sensitivity and get my metabolism back to normal.

Fast forward to today and I have not even had a sniffle or cough since I began my fitness journey where previously I had at least one bad cold every year. Today my blood pressure, cholesterol, triglycerides and blood sugar are better than normal. My resting heart rate and by heart rate variability (HRV) are at athletic levels. Now I have always lifted weights as well as doing cardio so what have I changed?

I quit using sugar. I now use Stevia for my coffee and baking. I quit eating processed foods and I no longer will eat from at any place that has a drive up window unless I’m traveling. I stopped buying anything that could be microwaved for dinner. In essence, I eat pretty healthy now.

I added these supplements:

Whey Isolate Protein

You should get 1 to 1.2 grams of protein for each pound of bodyweight. If you weigh 150 pounds, you need at least 150 grams of protein a day. Without supplementing, it would take too much chicken, fish, beef or beans to get the protein I need plus I would be getting way too much fat.

Did you know that protein requirements increase as you age but that total calorie requirements decrease?

Protein is required to maintain muscle and bone density. Protein helps to keep you satiated. You want to make sure it’s Isolate as it undergoes more processing, which results in a higher protein content with less carbs, lactose and fat.

Creatine Monohydrate

Creatine is thought to improve strength, increase lean muscle mass, and help the muscles recover more quickly during exercise. This muscular boost may help athletes achieve bursts of speed and energy, especially during short bouts of high-intensity activities such as weight lifting or sprinting. Creatine may improve cognitive processing in older adults:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21394604

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/what-is-creatine

BASIS (Nicotinamide Riboside & Pterostilbene)

I take Basis from Elysium, it helps to increase your levels of NAD+ which in turn helps to maintain healthy Mitochondrial.

https://www.elysiumhealth.com/en-us/basis/how-basis-works

Krill Oil: Krill oil is a sustainable source of omega-3s which contains EPA and DHA and is linked to improved cardiovascular health.

Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha is a herb long used in Ayurveda medicine. It’s an adaptogen that helps your body stay in tune so to speak.
https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/12-proven-ashwagandha-benefits

Collagen (Type 1 & 3)

Our bodies stop producing Collagen in our 20s, lots of benefits.

To summarize, I lost 70 pounds, added a few supplements to my diet and seem to no longer get sick. I even tested this by being around co-workers who come to work ill when they should stayed home. Once upon a time, this was a for sure few sick days for me.

Stay Healthy my Friends!

Planning My Next Big Trip!

It’s funny how international adventures are planned. I start with something that has inspired my heart, research the logistics and narrow it down to what is practical and doable.

My Grandfather was born in Poland, and last year doing the DNA tests I found that my DNA was 38% Polish and Eastern European. When I was stationed in the U.K, due to the Iron Curtain, we were not allowed to travel to the U.S.S.R or it’s satellite states and during my other visits I preferred the mediterranean cities. So now, all of sudden I want to visit Central Europe!

I began with planning a 2020 trip to Krakow Poland, the area where my grandfather was born. However, at the request of two of my cousins who also want to go to Krakow, I have rescheduled for June of 2021. We also plan to visit Auschwitz-Birkenau and Schindler’s Factory but in general, we are going to soak up the culture, cuisine and drinks of Poland.

After seven nights in Krakow, I am going to spend a few days in one of these cities, Budapest, Vienna, Berlin or Munich, I have quite a while to decide.

After that, I am headed to Italy, I fancy a couple of weeks around the Amalfi Coast (Positano). I can already smell the lemon trees, can you at Limoncello?

This will be my first solo international trip since I was in my 20s and while I believe that what most of us long for is a soulmate to share adventures with, that the failure to find such a kindred heart and soul, is no reason to stay home!

Because I am home, wherever I am.