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86 Year Old Iron Man

Lew Hollander, Iron Man at 85

An “Ironman” race is an astounding challenge for anyone at any age. The official Ironman Triathlon consists of a 2.4-mile (3.86 km) swim, a 112-mile (180.25 km) bicycle ride and a marathon 26.2-mile (42.2 km) run, raced in that order and without a break. Really.

Each leg of the triathlon would be enough to put a well trained 25 year old to the test; but add all three together in the same day, without a break and it truly is a super-human feat.

So if the Ironman is really the toughest challenge in sports, it makes the accomplishments of 86 year old Lew Hollander almost unbelievable. He has finished 58 Ironman competitions! He holds the Guinness World Record for the sport’s oldest competitor—which he set at 82 years of age. He is truly inspirational to all of us Senior Citizens!

As you might imagine, being a 58 time Ironman requires a fairly obsessive exercise regimen and special diet and nutritional supplements – most of which you can read about on his blog.

He reminds me of the great athlete and exercise guru Jack Lalanne, who at 70 years old towed 70 row boats a mile in Long Beach Harbor (he was handcuffed and shackled). Miraculous feats such as these bring attention to the need for all of us to continue with our exercise regimen, however modest it may be in comparison. Exercise can add years to your life and makes what life we have more vital and energetic.

It makes you think, “hey if these guys can do these spectacular feats, then I could at least do a few pushups or go for a walk today!?”


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