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[11 Nov 2008 | No Comment | ]

Al, always nice to hear from an “ironman fanatic”.
I don’t know how fanatical I am but do show clear symptoms of the atavistic marathon-ironman compulsion. In my opinion, humans are still essentially hunter-gatherers of the East African savannah. Our extraodinary tendency to overeat and store fat for the dry season is one obvious sign of it. Being constantly on the move meant eating and not being eaten, i.e., survival.
So we evolved not only to be able to do ultra events but, mercifully and thankfully, to enjoy them too and find …

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[7 Nov 2008 | 2 Comments | ]

“Don’t let the age of your birth certificate be the determining factor of the age of your body”
George Hulse
Mature Aged East Coast Cyco
The very day the Australian Regular Army told me that they had accepted my application to enlist and that I had signed on for six years, I wondered what the hell I had done. Six years! I would be twenty-three by the time my duration was up. Nobody could be that old! In what seemed like a heartbeat in time, I was twenty-seven and had completed three tours …

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[29 Oct 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 …