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Senior Olympian Jimmy Goldman Keeps Fit With Weekly 55-Mile Regimen
By: Bruce Gerson
At 6’0”, 168 pounds and 68 years old, the svelte Jimmy Goldman (A’60)—yes, everyone still calls him Jimmy—is the picture of fitness and health. He says genetics plays a big role in his health, but he certainly deserves all the credit when it comes to being fit.
Goldman, who earned swimming ribbons in the 200- and 500-yard freestyles in his age group at the 2005 Senior Olympics held this past June in Pittsburgh, is an avid swimmer, bicyclist and walker. His exercise regimen, aggressive for even someone half his age, measures 55 miles each week. He swims five miles, walks 15 miles and bikes 35 miles per week, often with his wife Susie, who also won Senior Olympic honors in the 200 freestyle and triathlon.
“It’s a lot of exercise, but I like doing it because it’s not a lot of the same thing. It makes me feel good and it keeps me hanging around younger folks,” says Goldman, who began biking in his mid-30s on a three-speed he purchased at Sears. Today, he estimates that he’s biked more than 75,000 miles with his wife in and around his native Pittsburgh, and during trips to New Zealand, Australia, France, Italy, California and Canada. Next month he and Susie are off to Ireland.
Called a “transitional senior” by his three grown children, Goldman is a member of the South Hills YMCA swimming team and an annual competitor in the Jewish Community Center (JCC) Indoor Triathlon, JCC master’s swimming meets and the Lake Arthur two-mile swim, which he’s won every year in his age group. He won this year’s Lake Arthur event the day after the Senior Olympics.
Goldman is also founder and organizer of Carnegie Mellon’s 1,650-yard Challenge, an annual fundraising event for the varsity swimming team. This January will mark the event’s 10th anniversary.
How does he find the time for his rigorous athletic schedule? As an architect who specializes in the design of sports facilities, Goldman has been able to “combine his vocation with his avocation.”(Continued …)