Me, an Athlete?

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by Ben-Zion Caspi

Twenty years ago, approaching half-century age, living a completely sedentary life style, and having hard time climbing stairs, a decision was made: my way of life had to change dramatically.

I needed a goal and made a hefty one: to run a marathon at the age of 50.

Twenty years later, after 35 marathons, many 5K, 10K, 21.1K races, a few ultras, as well as Ironman and half Ironman triathlons, I feel fitter than I ever was in my first 50 years.

Strangely, I still do not see myself as an athlete, even though I have completed four Ironman triathlons (3.86 km swim, 180 km bicycle ride and 42.2 km run). I guess it is because I was not an active person until later in life. During these active years, I have met many wonderful people who have definitely enriched my life.

In all my races, 192 in total (I keep a spreadsheet) I never had a DNF (Did Not Finish). Stopping is never an option, unless you really (really, really) cannot move anymore. .

The biggest lesson I have learned during my years of swimming, biking and running is the “secret” of consistency. If you keep at it, your chances of staying fit and avoiding injuries are in your favour. I also want to say thank you to Carol, because these 20 years (and all the years before) couldn’t have happened without her help.