Archive for August 7th, 2009

When I’m 65 …or Thereabouts

In my race on Saturday, one of the things that impressed me the most while I was hobbling through the run, was the  65-year-old woman who passed me. She wasn’t flying but she was moving faster than me. I knew she was 65 because they put our ages on the backs of our leg. And there is no faking it either because you have to produce your license when you register. As I watched her go by, I thought to myself as I picked up my pace, “I am so impressed. I want to still be doing triathlons when I’m 65, and I want to be running the whole way.”

Then I signed up for my next triathlon, The Trek Women Tri, which I’m very excited about because it’s all women. It’s also in September, so I hope it will be a little cooler. It’s a quarter-mile pool swim, 9-mile bike, 3-mile run distances.

The spokesperson for this is Sally Edwards, “a world-class and professional athlete, best-selling author, and inspirational speaker. Sally is the CEO of Heart Zones, USA, a training, education, health club programming, and coaching company. She is the National Spokeswoman for the Trek Women Triathlon Series™ volunteering to finish last in each of the 8 races in 2009 so that no other woman has to,” according to her bio. She participates in all of the triathlons. She’s 61. (courtesy:

If you’re interestsed in the Trek Women Triathlon Series, you can check out their events here.

And then, researching women triathletes just a little more, I found Sister Madonna:

“Dorothy Marie Buder, who became known as the Nun on the Run, was 46 years old and a member of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd when a priest at an Oregon retreat urged her to start running as a form of prayer. In the next 30 years, her prayers included over 50 marathons, 300 triathlons, and a mountain of gold medals.  At Kona in 2006, Sister Madonna won her 12th Ironman Hawaii age group title and, with 57 seconds to spare, pulled off an earthly miracle by finishing Ironman Hawaii at the age of 76.” (courtesy:

It’s never too late to start, right? I’m guessing, after reading about these amazing women, there’s never a time to stop either.


Athletic Heart Syndrome

runningheartI went to the doctor tonight for a re-check after being off my beta blocker for two weeks. I had been on the medicine for almost two years for an arrhythmia (my heart would beat irregularly and feel like it was trying to escape from my chest).

Several weeks ago, however, I started having some dizzy spells after exercising or when getting up too quickly. At the doctor, I found out that now my heart rate is unusually slow.  He took me off the medication and told me to continue what I’ve been doing (running, biking, swimming). The palpitations have not come back really (I have bouts of them but they are more moderate and don’t last very long) and the dizziness has abated somewhat unless I get up too fast.

However,  tonight, I still have a slow heart rate (it hovers around 45-50 resting; normal is above 60). Not as slow as a couple of weeks ago, but still slower than what’s considered normal.

His diagnosis? Most likely it is just a slow athletic heart. Meaning that by dieting and getting lots of cardio exercise, I’ve strengthened my heart to where it doesn’t have to work as hard.

I don’t know that I exercise enough to warrant a “slow athletic heart,” according to what I’ve read about this,  but I prefer that to any of the alternatives. Maybe because I was on the beta-blocker for most of the time, my heart just got used to beating slow? It’s not a dangerous condition, so that’s good.

At any rate, the next stop is the cardiologist to make sure that’s all that’s going on. And maybe it’s time for that heart rate monitor after all.

I have to admit, it was kind of cool to be told that some part of me is athletic! That’s not something I’ve ever actually heard before. 🙂