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Lynda Lemon has medalled in her age group ev­ery year for the last five years at the world duathlon cham­pi­onships. She feels lucky to have dis­cov­ered mul­ti­sport the same year she was di­ag­nosed with breast cancer. At age 47, Lemon did her first few triathlons in the sum­mer and then had surgery, chemo­ther­apy and ra­di­a­tion be­gin­ning that fall. “Train­ing def­i­nitely helped keep me strong through it all,” the 70-year-old Wel­land, Ont. res­i­dent says.

The Cana­dian Cancer So­ci­ety es­ti­mates 88 per cent of new cancer cases last year were among Cana­di­ans over 50, and 43 per cent were among those over 70. But for older triath­letes di­ag­nosed with cancer, there’s some con­so­la­tion.

Vic­to­ria’s Evan Fa­gan had prostate cancer in 2011 and took a year off com­pet­ing but not train­ing. “I did a swim, ride or run ev­ery day be­fore my ra­di­a­tion be­cause it helped with the treat­ment, which re­ally knocks your socks off.”

Fa­gan, 77, ad­vises oth­ers to do the same if they can. “It doesn’t mat­ter how slow or how far you go. Just get your heart rate up for a bit. Triathlon train­ing can be a big help in sus­tain­ing you phys­i­cally and emo­tion­ally through cancer.”


Lynda Lemon

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Evan Fa­gan races the Lava­man Keauhou in 2013

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