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Bill Bell – Wisdom of the Elder series part 1

29 October 2008 No Comment

Age should not be a deterrent to physical ability:

That is a statement that I have been making for over 20 years. Back in 1981 when I was doing marathons, I had the opportunity to fly to Taipei with a stop in Honolulu for refueling. As I was walking through the airport to stretch my legs for the next long flight, I saw a fellow with a T-shirt that said, “Finisher, Ironman Triathlon . I had seen the TV show on the Ironman and also read the article in Sports Illustrated.

I asked him about the race and he said, “what are you doing now”. I mention my love of marathons and his answer was,”get a bike and start swimming” When I got home, I bought a bike and started swimming. As the same time I wrote to Val Silk about the 1982 Race and she sent me all the data from the 1981 Ironman, plus an application for the Race in 1982.

From that day on, my life changed all to the good. I started feeling better, lowered my resting heart rate to the mid 40’s and lost weight, all plus factors that helped me to reach the age of 86 this coming November.

In talks to Senior Groups I state that you don’t have to run a marathon, swim 2 +miles of ride a bike 112 miles, but do something to keep active. Don’t figure that by going shopping you are working out. Jog if you are able, but at least walk, swim or do water exercises in the pool. If you can’t ride a bike, get on a stationary one, but the main thing is be active.

My favorite statement is:  When you put a lawn mower out in the yard and don’t use it, it gets rusty, just like your body will if you don’t keep active. Remember, you can get spare parts for the body, but not a new body.

Although at my age, I can’t do the long Triathlons any more, but still am lining up for the mini’s and sometimes a USTS Race. During my Triathlon career, I did 32 Full Ironman Races, 32 Half’s, 159 Marathons and lots of swimming, including 1 mile, 3 mile and 10 mile events.

All the Best

Bill Bell

The old Ironman

Bill Bell Sports Resume

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