Boomers Can Still Lead the Pack – Running Triathlons at 60!

Duncan Robinson Brothers Mt Tremblant Ironman Aug 2013If you were born in North America during the 1950s, you’re a baby boomer. And, you most-likely grew up without much talk about personal fitness and healthy eating.

Looking back, it was a different time, with different values. It was a time when Canada was just being seen as a united and prosperous country. Looking fit and lifestyle choices were not like they are today. Did we know of a better lifestyle, or were we following what was in vogue at the time? I’m not quite sure.

What I do remember is that my brother and I were in our early 30s when we lost our father to a heart-attach. At 30, I thought I was fit, but I indulged in some of the popular vices at the time like smoking. Yes, that’s hard to believe when you look at me now.

My younger brother, just 15 months behind me, somehow knew better. He made me take a hard look at myself one summer day when he told me I might be dead at 50, if I continued to smoke. Shocking words from a younger sibling. Kim and I had pushed each other along, in school and life, since we were old enough to wrestle.

It was a pivoting moment in my life, which sent me on a different path. I started competing in triathlons. Soon I had chalked up over a hundred events, of various lengths, to my name.

To mark my 60th birthday last year, I participated in the Penticton Ironman Triathlon. This was a new age class and there weren’t too many participants in my age group. Thinking back, any baby boomer would have needed a mind shift to be running in their 60s today.

For me, I push myself and take on my own leadership. It’s a great means to put away any stress of the day, and, most importantly, recharge the spirit.

Continuing to push each other, as we had in our young lives, I was sure to remind Kim when he was 59 last year that his 60th was coming up soon. I wanted to know if he going to do the Ironman, like his older brother?

Sure enough, I found myself on plane back to my stomping grounds to support Kim as he completed the Ironman Mont-Tremblant this August. We continue to push each other and hopefully inspire others that it’s never too late through physical fitness to give yourself a chance.

Strength – how much could you muster?

I just submitted an application to be a featured speaker at the #MDRT Million Dollar Round Table Gathering in Toronto 2014.

I was in Philadelphia last month for the 2013 gathering. I was truly inspired by this multi-national gathering.

I decided it was time to step up and offer myself as a featured speaker. This has been a goal of mine for sometime.

Now that I have my own personal website, Youtube channel and Social Media platforms, it’s time.

Let me ask you a question today: If you needed to draw on your strength, your inner being, your inner will, your emotional strength, do you know how much strength, you’d really have? Would you be able to go to the moon? Or dig deep in this reservoir that was really, really deep? And you could just pull out strength or would it be just contained in this small box?

Hold on to that question, I’m going to show it to you today a couple of stories. The first story is about the Iron Man Triathlon in Canada, Penticton, British Columbia, and I decided that the magic age of 60, that I was going to do this triathlon, and I knew I would need strength.

But, I didn’t really know how much strength I’d need, and I got through the 4 kilometer swim, and I got through the 180 kilometer bike, and then came the simple marathon, only 42 kilometers. I discovered at the 10 kilometer mark that I have full-on blisters on both pads of my feet.

What would you do? Would you draw on your strength if you really know how much strength you’d have? I decided that I would continue the walk and I would persevere with patience and determination, and I absolutely found out how much strength I needed. You see, it took me 8 hours and 20 minutes to finish that marathon, and I really needed strength.

The other story I’d like to share with you, is when I came back from the Boston Marathon, to the news that my son had been diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia. We discovered at that point how much strength, we as a family, me as a person, me as a dad, would really need.  We resolved that we would go to the moon drawing on that reservoir of strength, and we went through the chemotheraphy. We went through the radiation and we went through the steroids and we needed strength every day. Let me ask you this, if you went through that situation, your family how much strength could you draw today?

I share stories of strength with my client, I share stories with those that I have an impact on, because I’ve know been involved in this business of life. The business of life  and I know I have an impact with the strength that I’m able to deliver to clients each and every day because you’ll never know how much strength you really have, until strength is the only choice you have. I make an impact through the strength I have, through those stories each and every day with the clients. Strength is the only choice I have.

I would value your comments – I’ll let you know when I hear back!
– DR