More Information & Inspiration (July 2023)

Here are several articles related to triathlon training and planning for seniors that I came across over the past month. Several of these from this month’s finds should also inspire you to become and stay fit.


According to the World Health Organization (WHO), approximately 15% of adults over age 60 struggle with some form of mental disorder. Since the human body does not differentiate stress, a hard workout is treated like a rough day at work, disease, or mental illness. Heart rate variability (HRV) can be a useful tool for identifying stress unrelated to our physical training and what we may expect from our workout today or our recovery from it.

For more about Heart Rate Variability and its application to triathlon training for older athletes, see Should Senior Triathletes Track Heart Rate Variability?

An imbalance in the ratio of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids in our diets leads to whole body inflammation and oxidation. The ideal ratio, 1:3 to 1:4, can be best achieved by oils from flaxseed, avocado, fish, and olives.

Walking is a solid part of a program to begin running or restart running after time off from injury or illness. For experienced runners, it is a method for active recovery supported by some triathlon coaches. This article highlights the benefits of walking as part of a run training program.

For more about the MAF-180 run-walk training and my experience with it, see Training to Train – Building Aerobic Fitness for Senior Triathletes.


With a family history of heart disease, Hobkirk started running and competing in triathlon while young. He stayed with the sport and recently competed in the World Triathlon Championship Series in Hamburg, Germany. He finished 16th of 36 competitors in the 75-79 age group.

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