Staying fit for the increased quality of life it brings.
On June 11, 2017, his 60th birthday, resident Ben Hawn completed the Triathlon at the National Senior Games in Alabama. This was Ben’s 89th triathlon. While many variations of the competition exist, a triathlon involves swimming, cycling, and running in immediate succession in any combination of distances. (Ben has also completed ten Ironman triathlons. An Ironman triathlon consists of a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bicycle ride, and a 26.2-mile run, raced in that order and without a break.)
The Senior Games triathlon was held in Oak Mountain State Park in Birmingham, AL. It consisted of a 500-yard swim in a lake, a 12-mile bike race, and a 3.1-mile run. With a time of 1:10, Ben was pleased to finish fifth, saying “I feel like I raced to the limit of my fitness, and you can’t ask for more than that.” Ben says the two Willow Valley fitness trainers who accompanied him to the competition were a huge help. They helped him to prepare and transported all of his equipment.
When Ben moved to Willow Valley Communities in 2015, one of his main priorities was to find a new routine to maintain his training regimen. “I spent many years as a member of Red Lerille’s Health Club in Lafayette, LA. It is a huge and fantastic place, generally regarded as the best health club between Houston and Atlanta. Leaving Red’s was one of the most concerning things about my move to Willow Valley.” However, Ben found that after just a few visits to Willow Valley’s Fitness Center, his concerns were alleviated, and he soon was on a first-name basis with the staff.
Ben says at this point in his life, he’s as fit as he’s ever been. “I believe in staying fit for the sake of staying fit and for the increased quality of life it brings. The physical, mental, and even spiritual benefits are so significant.” On training regularly, Ben explains, “I do three to four rides, three to four swims, four to five runs, and a few strength-training sessions per week. It’s twelve to sixteen sessions per week total.”