Record-Courier staff report
Kent resident Ed Bixenstine, who is 87 years old, recently won the gold medal for his age group during the ITU (International Triathlon Union) Duathlon World Championships held in Ottawa, Ontario.
Remarkably, the title was Bixenstine's eighth consecutive in the world event and ninth overall since 2002.
Despite dealing with a hamstring injury, Bixenstine outlasted the competition by running 10K (6.2 miles), biking 40K (24.8 miles) and running an additional 5K (3.2 miles) in a total time of 3 hours, 56 minutes.
"This last race in Ottawa was certainly one of my most taxing and most rewarding," said Bixenstine, whose nine titles span 12 years and eight countries.
Bixenstine first began competing in duathlons in 1986 at the age of 60.
"It is quite clear to me that I grow older, less physically able and with diminishing skills each and every year now," Bixenstine said. "So many view aging as a time for reducing their physical activities and simply accepting graciously the effects of their relatively sedentary way of life as 'normal' limitations of aging. The truth is, a large part of aging is assignable to absence of exercise an the resultant loss of muscle tone and the gain of unnecessary weight, which of course, tends to produce even more reduction in movement and exercise."
Bixenstine is a retired professor and psychologist.