By Bethany Mavis Published Oct 1, 2015 Kona veteran Lew Hollander is pioneering the 85-89 age group on the Big Island this October. After finishing the Ironman World Championship more than 20 times, you’d think 85-year-old Lew Hollander would love Kona. Notsomuch. “It’s horrible,” he says, laughing. “It’s the ugliest, toughest race.
How can you not be inspired by Lew Hollander? At 85-years-old, he’s returning to Kona and looking for his 24th finish at the World Championships. But triathlon is not his only endurance sport. As a horseback rider, he’s in the American Endurance Rider Conference Hall of Fame as the older person to finish in the world championships and completed the Western States 100-mile race in 1984.
Lew’s tips for staying healthy: use it or lose it and go anaerobic every day. Not bad advice.