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After a dozen surgeries, vet gives knees a workout

Peter Wright, 65, plays racquetball Friday, June 13, 2014 at Telos Fitness in Dallas. Despite 13 knee surgeries, Wright is a champion racquetball player and frequently works out at Telos Fitness. (Mona Reeder/The Dallas Morning News/MCT)
Peter Wright, 65, plays racquetball Friday, June 13, 2014 at Telos Fitness in Dallas. Despite 13 knee surgeries, Wright is a champion racquetball player and frequently works out at Telos Fitness. (Mona Reeder/The Dallas Morning News/MCT) MCT

(MCT) -- Pete Wright, 65, of Dallas, played all sports in high school. Not until a military injury during the Vietnam era, though, did he take up racquetball - the sport that became his passion. He played at Texas Christian University, and also won the first organized state singles championships in the late 1970s.

He became a racquetball instructor and operated two pro shops in Dallas. But, he says, "my knees were wearing out, and by the early '90s I was limited to swimming and biking." Eventually, "my knees were completely worn out."

But he wasn't about to use multiple knee surgeries - he's had 13, including replacements - as an excuse to sit still. He's still competing and will be playing for another national age group title in October.

Here are his thoughts on his regimen:

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  • Typical week of workouts: I alternate days of swimming/biking with playing racquetball. Normally I work out at (a fitness center) six days a week for two hours. I also do light weights as a second workout twice a week.

    If I had 20 minutes to work out, I would: Spend 10 minutes swimming followed by 10 minutes of light weights.

    Proudest fitness moment: Returning to the courts again with my new knees.

    Favorite healthy food: Fruit and health bars.

    Favorite indulgence: Chocolate.

    What I'd say to someone who wants to follow my routine: Identify activities you enjoy, get expert advice as needed, and know your limits.

    What my workout says about me: I'm willing to make the sacrifices necessary to stay active for a lifetime.

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