Thursday, December 31, 2009
Happy New Year's to everyone! Take a cab tonight and I hope 2010 brings everyone great luck!
P.S. 2010 goals and resolutions to come!
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
I'm excited for some time off of work and to spend more time with the people I love instead of at work. It's been 55 plus hour weeks for almost the past month. Then a crazy illness of some sort cut me down two weekends ago. For about a week if I wasn't working, I was sleeping. I've persevered and made it to the holiday, now it's time to celebrate!
FYI for anyone using a MiniMed insulin pump, save yourself the hassle and talk to someone directly to order a refill on supplies. I tried using the dial in system and jacked everything up and had to wait to talk to someone anyway making a 10min reorder take 30 minutes!
I haven't forgotten about my bikes I miss them dearly and can't wait for the roads to dry enough to get out and ride! I have all of the cold gear I need to ride comfortably. May 29th holds a 100 mile MTB race with my name on it! Goals is the name of the game this year. Set them, meet them, period.
I'll leave you with a few pics. Everyone please have a safe and happy holiday and New Year!!!
Cooking some pizzelles!
Our Peanuts Tree!!!
Sunday, December 6, 2009
I tried out my new 661 tall winter weight socks with kept my feet super warm and my new thermal tights which we a kick-ass birthday present from my girl! She's the best!
I hope to keep the riding up as long as the paths are free from crazy water and snow, wish me luck!!! :)
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Here's top 10 list of Thankfulness on Thanksgiving:
1. Good Health
2. Molly, my love!
3. My Family
4. My Friends
5. My job
7. Health Insurance
9. 4 days off
10. My life!
Have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving weekend!
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Monday, November 16, 2009
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Peace isn't a permanent state. It exists in moments. Fleeting. Gone before we knew it was there. We can experience it at any time, in a stranger's act of kindness, a task that requires complete focus or simply the comfort of an old routine. Everyday we all experience these moments of peace. The trick is to know when they're happening so that we can embrace them, live in them. And finally let them go.
Monday, November 9, 2009
My past excursions with the road bike have led me to find and pick up every piece of beautifully colored glass in the valley. In short, I'm tired of changing flats! :) Plus since it's dark by 5pm it's tough night riding when leaves cover the trail and you can't see the large bumps and sticks before you hit them.
What I have done is found some pretty bad ass hard-pack/indoor MTB park racing tires, WTB Graffiti is the name of the tires: http://www.wtb.com/products/tires/djstreet/graffitisf/
Per the website above: The Graffiti SF (Street Fighter) performs in the high-stakes environments of urban riding. Its wide, 2.4-inch casing absorbs hard hits and cased landings; the minimal, recessed tread offers firm grip on the street while channeling away loose soil at the dirt jumps. Add even more confidence to your street sessions by choosing the Team DH version, with its Super Duty casing and High Grip DNA rubber.
I picked these bad boys up on sale for $16 a piece!!! Regular price was $50! How awesome was that deal. I was previously running Panaracer Smoke front tire and Dart rear which will be great in the spring for traction since I got them late in the season.
Here are the pics:
New tires with folding aramid bead obviously!
Old front tire
Old rear tire, great for resistance training! lol!
New Tires #1
New Tires #2
I put 23 miles on them yesterday and they were GREAT! Low resistance little noise! They were easy to install as well, didn't even need tools to roll on the rims, just a little elbow grease! :)
Only downside, is that they picked up little rocks from the road and held them fairly well so you would hear random noises from the tires as the rocks hit before they were expelled from the tires. Also, if you are hitting the pavement you should run a PSI closer to the max of 65 vs. using for dirt jumping, indoor MTB parks or racing.
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
I am going to try to turn over a new leaf and instead of being so critical on my blog of what others are doing focus on myself and how I define my life. :)
Happy Wednesday everyone!
BTW, I got the seasonal flu shot yesterday! Yes, my arm is still sore. Hopefully I can find an H1N1 clinic without a 3 hour wait for that vaccine as well! :)
Monday, November 2, 2009
I've invested a lot of my money to make sure you, Mr. or Mrs. driver can see me. I think they shouldn't be allowed to drive when it's dark how about them apples???
On a brighter note, I saw 5 deer, 3 rabbits and one cat while I was out and about!
I hope the winter isn't keep all of you inside on your trainer! :)
Friday, October 30, 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
I don't get it, there are no benefits to being "larger". It's incredibly unhealthy.
I'm not saying everyone needs to live by the BMI chart for their weight and height but throwing caution to the wind is taking years off peoples lives, they are killing themselves they just don't know it yet.
Have you tried to Super Size your meal at McDonald's or King Size your meal at Burger King??? You can't! There in on it too! Now you say, "we'll I'll just get the "large"". Guess what that large used to be called? :) You know why those two among others have stopped offering those sizes? To avoid law suits. People are nuts and they will blame McD's, BK and everyone else but themselves when they have there first heart attack. They will try to bring gross negligence lawsuits against these companies claiming they had no idea there were 900 calories in a Super Size fry they ate every day for lunch. Now McD's can say, nosireeee, poor us we don't even offer a Super Size any more.
I think it's piss poor and as Americans we have a duty to stand up for ourselves. We need to take our own health and well being into our own hands instead of letting Fast Food and clothing manufacturers do it for us. We can also thank technology for this. How many hours do you spend in front of a computer, TV or cell phone??? Get out, go for a walk, don't become a prisoner of the world around you!
Wheew! Ok, I have stepped off of my soapbox. Thank you for listening!
Monday, October 26, 2009
Layers is the answer to your question. :) That's how I stay warm.
Best parts about riding at night:
1. Longer riding season
2. No trail traffic
4. Not smokin' hot out
5. The crunch of the leaves under your tires
6. The scenery changes which doesn't happen on the trainer
7. The smell of fireplaces
Worst parts of riding at night:
1. Lonely in the dark
2. Mechanical problems are tough to fix by feel (especially when your bare hands are numb from the cold
3. Animals, they can scare the shit out of you. They always seem to be right by the trail and run away when I ride by. Last night I saw two dogs, two cats, a fox looking thing, a deer, bats, and one set of eyes that were unidentifiable because they starred at me and then vanished. Creepy if you let them be, I always tell myself it's their world and thank them for letting me ride through it at night.
4. Darkness. Don't look behind you when you ride at night because you can't see anything and, again, it can creep you out. As you can see night riding is a pretty mental ordeal. :)
Here's a picture of an overpass looking down into the valley at dusk.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Yes, I was able to try out my new mini bike pump. :/
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Here were my goals from my January post:
1. Successfully integrate CGM (continuous glucose monitoring) into my workouts and life. Tighter control = healthier me. I'm super excited to start, just have to make it through the red tape of insurance companies. You know, to see if I'm really diabetic enough for it! lol
This goal is the work in progress! I've done a good job using the CGM to maintain better control of my diabetes. Check out my Cleveland Clinic award post from October 6th. This will remain an ongoing goal for awhile if not the rest of my life. So far, so good!!!
2. Compete and complete at least two different genres of MTB racing. One endurance race (i.e. Mohican 100 or a 12/24 hour race) and one cross country race.
This goal was partially complete. I only participated in one genre of MTB events, cross-country racing, but was able to compete in two events. I also managed to ride over 1500 miles this year and there are still some good riding days left! So, I have something to work on for next year!
3. Drink less soda. Yes, it sounds funny but I drink way too much of it. Even if it's diet there can be sodium and it's been shown to make you hungrier and a diuretic if it has caffeine.
Complete!!! I used to drink about 2-3 2 liters of Diet Coke a week. Plus a large amount of cans of DC at work. Probably 3 cans a day. I am down to 1 can a day at best at work and virtually no pop at home. I've gotten hooked on low-carb energy drinks, low-carb juices and water! Just an FYI if you want to lost an easy 5-10lbs. STOP DRINKING SODA!!!! I'm not the only case-in-point many people have found that cutting back on soda is an easy way to lose weight. For those who didn't know "diet soda" has been proven to make people hungrier, so the calories you lose from diet soda are replaced with other calories.
1. Continue riding, when weather permits, through the winter
2. Continue "healthy" eating. Meaning keep cooking meals and minimize eating processed and prepackaged food
3. Develop a "plan" for 2010 that has actual event goals to work towards and formal workouts to maintain a higher level of performance
4. Join CAMBA and Akron Bike Club in 2010
5. Relax and enjoy the winter! SNOW!!!!
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
My caption is: Sometimes it's hard to let go.
Here's the story: http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local-beat/Little-Soldier-Girl-Didnt-Want-to-Let-Go-63629627.html?yhp=1
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
My Dr. had been after me for awhile to switch the an insulin pump instead of MDIs or multiple daily injections of insulin. I hymned and hawed mostly because I didn't want to have to do battle with the insurance companies. Finally I started the process which took over a year to complete, finally! Now I've been on the pump over a year and have had great results!
Yes, the pump can be as frustrating as any other diabetic task to dial in and set up. Yes, I still have off days where I ask myself WTF??? why is my blood sugar crazier than a 13 year old girl at a Jonas Brothers concert? It all works out and always does!!!
I didn't even know this award existed so naturally I was pleasantly surprised to get the letter. However, now my competitive side has been fired up and I WILL win this again!!! :)
Thank you Dr. Olansky!!!
Here is what the letter said:
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Running is not my thing, I can and will do when needed but my legs, more specifically my knees, do not like to run. I ran a leg of the marathon last year and it was painful. I have a lot of respect for the people that do run. It can be tough yet incredibly rewarding!
Keep on running and keeping Akron strong!
Sunday, September 20, 2009
30 Things About My Invisible Illness You May Not Know
1. The illness I live with is: Type 1 Diabetes
2. I was diagnosed with it in the year: 1992
3. But I had symptoms since: A solid 4-6 months prior, who knew going pee 5 times an hour wasn't normal! lol!
4. The biggest adjustment I’ve had to make is: Taking note over every food and drink I put into my body.
5. Most people assume: that I can't eat certain things and most of those things are items that no health conscious person should eat like little debbies. It's all about awareness. I'm aware and I can make it work so back off!
6. The hardest part about mornings are: waking up with a blood sugar that's way off, too high or too low. There's the frustration of trying to figure out what went wrong, but it also can throw your whole schedule off. A high blood sugar will mean that I shouldn't eat breakfast for a while. A low blood sugar will mean that I'll want to eat something right away. (I totally agree with Jerry here!)
7. My favorite medical TV show is: House. It intrigues me for two reasons, one, how can a Dr. that is so mean sometimes still be employed and two, how on earth do they figure out some of those cases!
8. A gadget I couldn’t live without is: Definitely my blood sugar meter and my insulin pump. I will be hard pressed to ever go back to multiple daily injections. I feel like that commercial, "life just got a little easier!".
9. The hardest part about nights is: trying to correctly judge what and when was the last time I ate. There's nothing like losing sleep because your blood sugar is too low and you have to get up and eat and 3am or your blood sugar runs high and your up every 45 minutes going to the bathroom until your insulin kicks in.
10. Each day I take blood sugars and insulin.
11. Regarding alternative treatments I: not an option here.
12. If I had to choose between an invisible illness or visible I would choose: hmm, i think the invisible one. You have more control over how it's delivered to strangers and people who don't know.
13. Regarding working and career: everyone is very understanding and proud of how I take charge and don't let diabetes run my life.
14. People would be surprised to know: how often I'm thinking about my blood sugar. (right on here as well Jerry)
15. The hardest thing to accept about my new reality has been: it's not new anymore. It's just plain reality. I can cry, complain or pout all I want but it will still be there in the end so I choose to accept it.
16. Something I never thought I could do with my illness that I did was: ride my bike so much! I love it and it keeps me healthy too!
17. The commercials about my illness: are not aimed at my demographic, there are usually in regards to Type 2 diabetes. I'm ok with this for two reasons, one, it's more prevalent and two, what people don't understand is that for a large majority of people weight loss can cure there Type 2 diabetes. There is no cure for Type 1 at this point in time.
18. Something I really miss doing since I was diagnosed is: not having to think so much about every bite or sip I take.
19. It was really hard to have to give up: I refuse to give anything up, I use awareness and moderation to keep my diabetes in check without having to sacrifice. Do I really need a whole elephant ear at the carnival or could I get by with a few bites?!?!?!
20. A new hobby I have taken up since my diagnosis is: cooking and baking! I love to do both! So much healthier too!
21. If I could have one day of feeling normal again I would: just relax and eat like there was no tomorrow, burgers and fries, steak, Boston cream pie, cheese cake, ... (Yep, I like your style here Jerry)
22. My illness has taught me: Never give up.
23. Want to know a secret? One thing people say that gets under my skin is:Should you be eating that? WTF!!!! Should you???? Get off my back.
24. But I love it when people: See me for who I am, not my disease.
25. My favorite motto, scripture, quote that gets me through tough times is:
I know it has to do with another Invisible Illness but: Livestrong. It means a lot if you think about it.
26. When someone is diagnosed I’d like to tell them: Embrace your diabetes, it's not going anywhere. If you try to fight it you'll only be killing yourself and that is just not worth it. The quicker you embrace it the better life will be!
27. Something that has surprised me about living with an illness is: My family needed to be just as educated as I did about how to control and manage diabetes. Let them be part of your "team".
28. The nicest thing someone did for me when I wasn’t feeling well was: simply ask if I was ok and if I needed any help. Sometimes those simple questions go a long way. Please always be willing to extend your hand to those in need.
29. I’m involved with Invisible Illness Week because: I missed it, technically, but I'm always down for raising awareness! :)
30. The fact that you read this list makes me feel: Happy that you took the time to learn a little more about me! Thank you!!! :)
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Full moon rising on our way to NY
Daisy and Kevin
On Saturday we slept in a little and hung out with my Uncle Dave before my parents arrived joining us for lunch in Buffalo. After lunch settled for the most part we headed into downtown Buffalo with my Uncle Jaime, Aunt Cathy, Doug and Richard for some delicious wings at "The" Buffalo Wing Festival. We also saw the Black Widow (aka. a tiny Asian lady) destroy the wing eating contest killing 177 wings in 10 minutes. Craziness! Here are some pictures:
Festival was held on the infield of the Buffalo Bison's Stadium
One of our samples
Entrance cluster f@ck
Once we got back from the wing fest we had some apple pie and ice cream with my Grandparents before hitting the road back to NE Ohio. We spent the night at my apartment which was nice to sleep in my own bed.
On Sunday morning Molly joined us to head up to Cleveland for the Air Show! It was awesome and a great day for the show. On a bad note it was a shit load of walk which wore my brother out big time. I was able to procure a solid chair for him when he needed a break which helped out a ton but I still felt bad that we had to travel so far on foot. Hindsight being 20/20, next time I'll bring the wheel chair. I would have been totally ok pushing him around but I know he wanted to do it on his own. We saw a bunch of awesome airplanes including my favorite, the F-15E or Strike Eagle for short. Here are the pics from that event:
Business end of a B-17
The Continental grill, how cool?!?!?!
Heritage flight with T to B: F-15E (my favorite), P-51 Mustang and the A-10 Thunderbolt
Me and Molly
Kevin and Me
After the show we went back to my parents to drop my brother off and pick up the dog before heading back to Akron.
Monday, I slept in until 11! It was great!!!! Then Molly and I headed out to her parents place in Youngstown for a nice, relaxing late lunch with her family and Grandmother. It was nice to ease back into the work we with a relaxing day on Monday.
I hope everyone had a great weekend!!!
Monday, September 7, 2009
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Here he is post-surgery:
I have no idea how he found his zen state. I think he pictured himself on the beach for my sisters wedding. He made it through many hours of laying on his back, days/weeks/months of therapy, the humiliation of having to have help every time he had to use the toilet, wheelchair to walker to quad cane to regular cane and how many Dr. visits, blood counts and scans???
Here's a picture of us in Jamaica back in May:
Living out those sandy days he dreamed about while laying flat on his back! Life is good!
What a difference a year makes! :)
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Saturday I woke up nice and early to test ride the course. I have never ridden at Camp Manatoc and it's about 7 minutes from my apartment. Also the little fact that 363 days of the year the land functions as two Boy Scout camps, Camp Manatoc and Camp Butler. However, I woke up at about 5:30 in the morning to the sound of down pouring rain. Boo! So I figured I would get up at 7 like planned and check the weather again. I think it stopped raining at 6:59 so I pulled up the hour-by-hour forecast on weather.com to see what the heck was going on. It looked like the rain was done and the sun was going to come out at around 10. So off to bed I went for another 1.5 hours of shuteye to give the trails some time to drain.
9:30 Up and at'em! I got up, had some breakfast, took care of the dog, packed up and headed out.
11:00 arrive at Camp Manatoc. There was a full day of kid activities and swop meets going on all day Saturday along with a trail preview for $5. Awesome! I started unloading the car when I overheard the all to familiar voice ot Tenant Nabrowski a.k.a Nab and a small group of North Coast Mountain bikers! Great! I don't have to ride alone! So I got myself registered and ready and then we were off.
12:30 Heading out for out loop around the 9 mile course. All I have to say about the ride was mud, fun and mud. Little draining seemed to have happened throughout the morning. So after getting lost and 12 miles later I made it back to the car cleaned and packed up and watched the bunny hop contest and Huffy toss. Fun! Then I picked up my race registration and headed out to get dinner with my sweet!
3:30 unpacked and began the arduous task of cleaning the bike in prep for the race on Sunday. I got myself packed up and ready for the race and then relaxed for the rest of the evening.
8:30 Up and at'em again! Got up and had a good breakfast, packed up and headed out.
11:00 Arrived at the Camp and get set up. It was pretty cold for whatever reason. Not more that 65 degrees I think. Good for racing though! Got myself and bike ready and headed to the start, well, hit the John then headed to the start! :) I also met some other guys setting up and shared my canopy with them since it was misting/sprinkling.
Red Rider representing!
1:05ish - We were off and racing! I had a rough start after being jousted off my bike by an offending tree branch after connecting solidly with my bicep. Then roughly 5 miles in I was stung by a bee on my calf. I would have been ok with any where else but my calf and subsequent right leg cramped like a son of a gun on every big climb. It burned like a son of a gun as well. Apparently quite a few people were stung by these hornets. My leg is still pretty nasty and itchy. I felt pretty good in the first lap until all of this happened then I tired to collect myself and keep a good pace to finish the race.
I did stop once to help a fellow racer with a flat tire, she was out of CO2 so I gave her my extra to use. No luck. Gotta love tubeless!!!
My bloodsugar was great throughout the race holding steady and not dropping low enough to cause a scene. I like to think I do a great job of managing my fitness and diabetic needs. So far so good! Let's see at the next race!
Either way, I finished in 2:21:11. Great, no. Ok, no. Not a DNF, yes. I know I should arguably be racing in Novice Class. But how will hammering on people who have never raced before make me a better rider or racer. I'm taking my lumps now but learning and pushing for a better future. I may be crazy but I'm having fun and eventually will start finishing in the front of the pack. Someday.
Here are some more race pictures:
Heading throught the woods
Coming out of the woods
The aftermath, not too bad!
The location of the "joust"
Friday, August 28, 2009
Mother nature, hellooooo, I have a race on Sunday!!!! Sheesh!
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Mari Ruddy, a Colorado Tour de Cure rider, is the founder of the Red Rider program. Mari has lived with type 1 diabetes for more than 25 years. Here's the reason why Mari wants to recognize people with diabetes that ride in a Tour de Cure as Red Riders:
"I have type I diabetes. I have lived with this challenging disease since I was 16 years old. That's over 25 years of blood testing, shots, insulin pumping, carb counting, and meal planning. If that wasn't enough, two years ago, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. Because of living with diabetes, I thought I understood illness. However, chemo, radiation, and surgery all knocked me down harder than I ever imagined possible. But my lot in life is to get back up no matter the punch. And with the support and love of my family and friends, excellent medical care, and the good fortune of life, I'm officially NED (no evidence of disease). At least no evidence of cancer, as I still have diabetes. That was a rude awakening, if only chemo could cure diabetes.
In my 25 years of living with diabetes, I have walked, run and cycled for the cure for diabetes, but never once at any of these events was I asked to declare myself as a diabetes-surviving person. I was never given a special t-shirt or water bottle. There has never been a special finish line acknowledging the courage, perseverance, and sheer determination it takes to live with diabetes and be out on that course riding, running or walking.
I want this to change.
Mari Ruddy &
Marcey Robinson, C.D.E.
I want you to help me change this. I want to work to find the cure AND to celebrate the people who are courageously living with diabetes. I want you to help me encourage people with diabetes to become RED RIDERS!
One could think I just want special recognition, and maybe I do. Why? Because receiving the recognition on race day gives me and my fellow diabetics the motivation to continue seeing the glass half full on the days when our blood sugar soars to 400 for no explainable reason, or when we have no desire to eat but we must or risk passing out if we don't.
Cancer is dramatic. Diabetes is a grind. Both drop people at the door of death, just in different styles.
If you are a person surviving diabetes, I implore you to ride this year and do everything you can to declare your status, so others on the course and in the wider community have the opportunity to celebrate and be inspired by you. I ask you to get on your bike and ride strong and sure. Riding in the Tour de Cure itself is the affirmation of your courage and perseverance."
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
In other news my cholesterol was low with LDL being 88. :) Bring on more burgers!!!
Otherwise I'm pretty darn healthy, for a diabetic!
I did get out for a great MTB ride and did a solid 10 miles at West Branch. However, I went down hard in the many rock gardens on the back half of the trail. Busted up my arm pretty good, luckily our new butcher let me clean it off as I was weeping down my arm while perusing the meat, my girlfriend wasn't a big fan of the 2.5lb. beef tongue or beef hearts they had for sale. I was intrigued, go figure!
Also busted up the MTB bending the derailleur hanger as I bounced the bike off of the rock garden. I took Herald straight to the bike shop to get him fixed up for the race this weekend! He'll be good as new by Friday!
That's all for now, however, I am working on a plan to hit up some off-road endurance races next season. Some 6 or 12 hour races. Who knows maybe we'll go 24 hours solo!!! :)
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
First off, the douche bag guy measured out exactly two little side cups of cheese to put on the veggie sub, Matt and I looked at each other and shrugged it off. Then the sandwich artist started to create his masterpiece and did the ol' Subway grab a handful of olives and sprinkle them on. The douche bag guy comes over in front of the lunch time crowd and says, "Only 6 olives for a footlong sub"! WTF!!!!! That means six half slices of olives for a footlong sub which, you guessed it, means 3 whole olives for 12 inches of bread. Sheesh! How cheap are we getting now??? Subway, are you really giving away the farm by adding a few more rogue olive slices. As we checked out the douche bag continued to scold the sandwich artist saying 3 olive slices for a 6" and 6 slices for a 12". Again, that means an olive and a half for 6" of bread.
Subway you have long since been a cheese hoarder only giving 4 slices of delicious pepper jack on my 12" on bread. If I were making a sub I would have no less that a slice per 2" ratio for better cheese coverage. Get with the program! Charge me the extra $2 to make a damn sub that I would want to eat. And good god, leave the sandwich artist alone! Artists make their own rules, otherwise call them the sandwich sherpas!
and here was my message painted somewhere along the Tour de France route in France:
Monday, August 17, 2009
Accident, Harold (MTB name) and I were kicking ass through the rock gardens at West Branch when I came to a small decline that led to an incline. The rocks were mossy and slick which sucked, I was trying to keep my weight back when my front wheel slipped off a rock and wedged in between the rock next to it. It felt like slow motion as I lurched over the handlebars. Luckily the rocks that I would have ridden over in front of me broke my fall! lol Needless to say it was a painful landing. Outside of some nice bruises and scrapes up the entire right side of my body, the bloodiest gash occurred on my ankle. Here's a pic:
I got up dusted myself of and climbed back on the rig to keep on truckin'. Then I realized I was about 20 feet from the end of the trail. Sheesh!!!
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
It's probably the single best thing I could have done to better my overall health and probably add some more years to my time here on earth. It's been an incredibly easy transition on the bike, with shots it was kind of hit and miss most of the time. With the pump I have it down to a science as to where my temporary basal rate needs to be and for how long to keep my blood sugars from dive bombing.
I think I've come along way and with my sights set on some late season races and I'm going to start working towards a 12 or 24 hour solo race next year. Diabetes management will be a large part of the planning for that event.
I don't really know what to say in my reflection but as the enlightenment comes I will pass it along.
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Look out for my Aug. 30 MTB race! Here I come!!!
So it stormed like crazy yesterday afternoon and evening. To give you an idea of how bad it rained I've attached a few pictures of water coming in the Emergency Exit near my desk.
Sneaking under the door
It reminded me of being in a flood and water seeping through everywhere!
It kept coming.
So Molly and I went down to Szalay's fresh market to pick up some essentials for a wonderful dinner. Molly is a crazy good cook! I think she should try out for the food network! We had a breakfast dinner consisting of eggs and cheese, sausage, diced red potatoes with a dry rub and roasted in the oven all rolled in a garlic basil wrap. Yummy!!! I ate three wraps! :)
So with the rain hopefully behind us I will start to get some training rides in for the upcoming races. The closest being the Big Valley MTB race at Camp Manatoc! That's all for now, happy riding!!!
Monday, August 10, 2009
Here's a thoguht, why not focus less on leveling the playing field for everyone and focus on how we bring those without heathcare into the fold of having a ferderally funded coverage plan? How about a little less socialism and a little more democracy please??? Sheesh.
Happy Monday! :)
Friday, August 7, 2009
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
On a lighter note I signed up for the NEO Power Series Big Valley Race at camp Manatoc!!! If I can find time to ride I'll force myself to buy paying entry fees upfront for races! lol
Friday, July 24, 2009
After successfully completing intense chemotherapy and massive surgery to remove and replace the upper 2/3 of his femur and hip with titanium he began the process of learning to walk all over again. Just what you want to do at the age of 20 (he had is birthday roughly 1 week after his surgery which was probably the hardest part for me) happy birthday, now call the nurse to come wipe your ass. Walking can be difficult after having your bone removed and replaced, 3 of your 4 quads removed and a hamstring removed as well. But he didn't give up, I would see him religiously doing his ankle pumps and other exercises and stretches to get him back in the game of life. After a few minor set backs due to some slow heeling of the incision that ran from his knee to the bottom of his rib cage he was off. First is was a wheelchair, shuffling from couch to chair to toilet to chair to couch. Weeks of it. Then it was the walker, 10 feet, 50 feet 100 feet, from the parking lot to the store, parking lot to store and shopping in the store. The the cane, it was a quad cane at first the one with 4 prongs at the end. Then the regular cane. The, finally, Jamaica for my sisters incredible wedding! Finally, after many different prognosis about the future of his leg use or whether he would have a leg to stand on at all.
MY BROTHER PASSED HIS DRIVING EXAM!!! HE FINALLY GOT HIS WHEELS BACK!
One more step towards recovery and normalcy. He is a stronger man than I am and has suffered more than anyone ever should but he came out on top. Like Lance Armstrong says, what's your bike? Well my brothers bike comes with 4 wheels and an engine too!
Love you buddy, take care and never give up!
Your big bro
Friday, July 17, 2009
Now I don't see many Super Bowl championships in the rafters of the Bengals stadium, so maybe Chad 85 (shorter version) should worry more about playing football than his last name or twitter. AND that's not even the douche bag part!!!
The Spanish translation of 85 is ochentacinco! Now every Spanish speaking person has another reason to make fun of "dumb Americans". Thanks Chad. Ochocinco means 8 5, I think the Bengals should make his jersey match and put a big space between the numbers. lol
Friday, July 10, 2009
The trail follows the edge of a lake which looked beautiful as well with all of the water crafts rocking out and fishing. I've given up worrying about the ridiculous amount of poison ivy back there, if I get it than I get it.
Look for updates to my race calendar as we move into shorter days and the second half of summer!
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
I may have found some motivation!!! :)
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