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Fitness Inspiration: 90-Year-Old Finishes Triathlon (and Pippa, Too!)

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How does Pippa Middleton keep that famous bum in such great shape? Apparently by running, biking, and swimming! The scene-stealing younger sister of Duchess Catherine finished a triathlon in England last week, and the paparazzi were there to snap her finish line shot.

Hats off to Pippa, but my big question is: Did that guy next to her really do the entire race in a wetsuit? You're supposed to change in transition, dude!

But that's nothing. Back to the real news. My favorite triathlon story of the week has got to be this Daily Mail feature about a 90-year-old -- yes, a 90-year-old -- who became the oldest person to ever finish a U.S. triathlon. Those of you who are thinking about signing up and training with Whole Living: If he can do it, you can do it!

Meet Charlie Futrell, a former phys ed teacher who finished a sprint triathlon (yes, that's what we're doing too!) in Florida over the weekend. His time? A totally respectable two hours and eighteen minutes.

Futrell totally gives the Dos Equis guy a run for his money. He taught Rocky -- er, Sylvester Stallone -- in middle school gym class. He coached football and baseball throughout his career, but only became an athlete himself after he retired in his 70s. You see? It's never too late to start! His wife passed away two years ago, but he keeps exercising, stays active in his church, and has no plans on slowing down.

Since he discovered running and swimming and biking, Futrell has competed in more than 400 triathlons, including several Ironmans. And when he's 100, he wants to do a 10K and a triathlon.

If this doesn't inspire you to get off the couch, I don't know what will.

Anyone else see any interesting triathlon news this week? Anyone new signing up for a Danskin or Trek tri? C'mon, everybody's doing it! And, clearly, I do mean everyone.

Amanda MacMillan is a freelance writer, currently blogging about planning an budget- and eco-friendly wedding at LeanGreenBride.com. She has completed three Olympic-distance triathlons and several half marathons, and is looking forward to her first sprint tri this fall with Team Whole Living. Her triathlon training blog runs every Thursday on Whole Living Daily.

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