66-year-old retired Airline Captain

My last flight at 65

My last flight at 65

I have done exercise all my life, since I was a teenager. I played baseball in little league, started running 5k and 10k, 1/2 marathons, full marathons and 3 ultra marathons.

I've practiced martial arts since age 14 and have a first degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do. I did wall climbing, road and mountain bike competitions and lifted weights.

I always had a personal home gym and when I was flying I went to the hotel gym with my crew. After my workouts I hang myself upside down in my inversion boots for 5 minutes. This has helped me not having lower back problems and also helped after sitting for long hours in the cockpit when I was flying. I include leg extensions in my workouts they and have made my knees strong to keep on running.

I had to always stay healthy and fit to be able to pass my medical every 6 months for my pilots license.

Back in 1989 in my former airline I founded the Aero California Running Club and then in 2007 did the same in my new airline Volaris. We participated each year in the World Airline Road Race, which was held in a different country each year. We had the opportunity of visiting 4 continents worldwide competing.

The best thing I have done in my marriage was to make my wife a runner. We ran hundreds of races but now we don't run anymore for PRs. We just cross the finish line holding hands.

Now being retired, I have reduced 90% my flying stress. I sleep 8 hours per night. No more red eye flights, no more restaurants, hotels and airport food.

I now manage to do 30 pushups in 37 seconds after my workouts. In my routine I do weights one day and jog 5k the next day and rest 2 days for recovery. I also do gardening, wash my cars, walk my dog and always busy without stopping.

In my diet I eat walnuts, take a pill of Omega Fish Oil, CoQ10, Zinc and my shake of Whey Powder Protein.

To keep my mind busy after retiring, I've started to give simulator instruction in a local flying school. I enjoy teaching young students with my crystallize intelligence.

My photo is of my last flight before retiring and I had the privilege of having my son as copilot and also to follow my footsteps as a pilot and as a runner.

Thanks Logan for motivating us seniors with your web page and also congratulations to you and all your followers.

Francisco Tames
Airbus 321

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Jan 27, 2018
by: Anonymous

Congratulations for a life full of joys and above all to maintain the rhythm of the exercise. My best wishes for you and your family.

Jan 27, 2018
by: Anonymous

Your newsletter was very inspiring! You challenge me to take better care of myself exercising! I think that you are living a very healthy and positive life doing what you enjoy! My best wishes!

Jan 27, 2018
Great picture
by: Anonymous

Love the father son relationship! God bless!

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