Eric Spector: Just Call Him Ironman

People like Eric Spector amaze those of us who consider a slow walk up a moving escalator to be a real workout. The California businessman challenged himself to complete 10 kick-butt athletic events in a single year-his 65th. “I’ve never heard of anyone attempting a mix of 10 such demanding run, bike and swim events in a given year-let alone their 65th,” he says. Me, either. Spector rejects the label of elite athlete, describing himself as “just someone committed to …

Charlie ‘Ironman’ Futrell: As a Senior Triathlete, He Rewrote the Record Books

After Charlie Futrell retired from teaching middle-school history and phys-ed in 1976, the former college and pro baseball player put on a few pounds, as a lot of us in our 50s do. But a couple of years later, when he saw a pair of sneakers in a store’s bargain bin for just $3, he decided to do a little running and try to get back in shape. His first jog left him gasping for breath. OK, a lot of …