Here’s a pic of us taken a few weeks ago in Milwaukee. I won the sprint national championship in my division (75-79).
USAT sent a post to all USA team members noting your interest in stories about unlikely comebacks, thoughts of someone special and the like. I looked at the wonderful stories on the web at RoadtoLondon. What a great feature.
This article (below) appeared in a Florida cycling magazine after the Budapest ITU world championship in 2011. I have missed the last two years due to knee operations (after the heart surgery episode). I won worlds a few times (Hobart Du in 94, Montreal in 99, Gold Coast in 2009 and Budapest in 2010)
My work involves promoting REAL wellness. R-E-A-L represents what I consider the most important elements of a high quality of life philosophy and way of living, namely reason, exuberance, athleticism and liberty.
Anyway, if you want an original story, here are my thoughts on aging, which triathletes the world over tend to think about a lot. 🙂
“The Aging But Fast Triathlete – How to Account for It”
Donald B. Ardell
I have reached an advanced age. Like every triathlete on the planet, particularly those competing in London who have continued to compete over the years, the reality is we’re not nearly as fast as decades or even years ago. But, we all got to London to represent our countries and seek personal achievement because we are faster than our peers – and perhaps many triathletes in younger age groups. I can’t recall a race this year when several competitors of varied ages have not asked me this simple question: “To what do you attribute your success? How can you go so fast at 75?”
I have not done double-blind, randomized studies on the matter but, after pondering the query for months, I’ve worked out an explanation.
Here’s how I explain it. Three major variables have turned in my favor that account for successes: 1) random good fortune; 2) unusually beneficial contingencies; and 3) positive natural selection.
Other factors include a sensible training regimen, a vegan diet, a loving and supportive wife, a favorable environment and a bit of discipline. Good equipment, especially a good bike, helps, too.
Good luck to everyone in London.