WHY did the author interrupt his training to write this book? Because, at the age of 77, he can't stand watching most of his peers hobbling around like old people when there is no need for them to do so.
This book will inspire you to action. It will guide your training towards an enjoyable old age.
Cover image: The author completing the Lake Placid Ironman, at age 68, as the only person to undertake such a race with an abdominal aortic aneurysm stent graft. Nearly 10 years later, now with peripheral vascular disease, he's still training for Ironman, his beloved sport. Endurance training taught him how to fight the ravages of aging, by adapting to change.
There are both destructive and creative forces at work in your life, aka Entropy and Syntropy (life force). The author wants you to become an athlete soldier, fighting with the power of Syntropy, physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually, against Entropy-induced decay.
You are life!
Life is a fire that burns in a special way.
Life's fire makes stuff.
Life is a dancing fire, a dance of joy.
Life is a fiery song.
Life is a thoughtful fire.
Life is a naysayer of flames.
Life is a warrior, burning with the power of Syntropy.
Life is an athlete, an endurance athlete.
Life has been beating back Entropy for eons.
You are that warrior, life.
You are that athlete, life.
Train to fight your Internal Enemy, Entropy.
Train to fight your External Enemy, Entropy.
Laugh and cry and dance as you do battle, as you compete in your personal game of life, in your fight to the life against Entropy.
The author agrees with Darwin, that, "It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, it's those most adaptable to change."
Aging will present you with many opportunities for change.
First comes, not being able read a d*amned thing without your glasses. This is followed by aches and pains in the morning on getting out of bed, surgeries, pills, slower recovery from exercise, and all sorts of other oldie fun!
This book will have you primed for adaptation to these adventures.
Can't wait? It's coming whether you are ready or not. Don't be a wimp. Take aging in your stride. See it as an opportunity, by being ready to bravely and wisely face the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual challenges.
"Aging is not lost youth, but a new stage of opportunity and strength." – Betty Friedan
This book will give you the courage and means to prepare your training plan for this toughest of all endurance sports. Yes! The author has found aging to be tougher, and more interesting, than any of the Ironman races he completed over the last 15 years.
He will help you get to know your enemy, Entropy, and to appreciate your friend and ally, Syntropy.
The author has overcome multiple health challenges, while remaining an avid athlete.
How does he do this?
As a veterinarian, the author has medical training, which helps. As a life-long athlete he is conditioned and experienced.
Does that mean that you have to have medical training and be an athlete to benefit from this book. No way! It is designed to inspire anyone into action, to get them off their butt, away from the TV and the next beer, to get them out there, ready to live their later life to the full.
You do have to do the work, which the author sees as play, as he provides you with the essential guideposts you will need to take you down a safe and effective road to better physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health.