Transplant Athlete
Thursday, April 01, 2004

Wow, long time since I last posted. The Cycling Fitness Results video series is done. I've had my eyes glued to the "check disks". Talk about dry, itchy eyes. We had a problem early on with glitches in the video, so I had to watch every second of the DVDs. Try not blinking while watching them, and while I love the results and think they are awesome, if you are not on a bike working out and you watch all three straight through, you will fall asleep. The only saving grace was the music. The duplication company should be done with them in about a week. Now that they are out I can use them in preparation for the 12/24 hour races I've got planned.

I've been entering my workout data into the President's Challenge. You get points for the amount of effort you expend working out and after "x" amount of points you get awards (bronze, Silver, Gold). There are approximately 2000 people across the US participating. The NKF is using this as a group motivational tool. We can see how much exercise we are getting as a group. Any awards we reach before the end of June will be given out at the US Transplant Games in July, presumably at the opening or closing ceremonies. I signed up for the Presidental Champions programs which has some insane requirements for awards, but I've already reached the Bronze level. I reached the bronze award(40,000 points) in 2 months. I have to reach 90,000 points by June to get Silver. That shouldn't be a problem with the 12/24 hour races and brevets on my calender.


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I've gone through kidney failure twice. The first time in 2000, my mother donated a kidney; and again in 2008, I'm on dialysis waiting for a breakthrough in immuno-suppression medicines before seeking a new kidney.

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