Transplant Athlete
Friday, December 10, 2004
  Blood Pressure

I always have a hard time controlling my blood pressure in the off-season. I tend to take weeks off at a time, when I do ride, I ride less. It has been worse this year, my job had me working many hours and frequent weekends. Which as we all know are the key to riding when the days are shorter. For instance, the Thanksgiving week, most people at my company worked Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. I was stupid and volunteered to show our bikes at a Bass Pro Shop on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. I took Thanksgiving off, but I was so tired, I skipped going up to my in-laws. Now, I know you're thinking, "I'd do anything to skip visits with the in-laws," but the in-laws have been getting better and Thanksgiving is a major holiday. My family always does Thanksgiving huge. Appetizers, Pasta Course, Turkey course, desserts. There is so much food on the table its insane. OOOPs, weird tangent.

So back to work, I worked Monday through Sunday with Thursday off and totaled 60 hours of work time, not counting some of my travel time. I did manage to get in some riding time on the exercise bike at the Fairfield Inn. Anytime I travel, I run the risk of increased blood pressure, see my earlier post on blood pressure vs. nutrition; so, getting on an exercise bike really helps.

I just quit my job,so at least for the next couple of weeks, I should be able to keep a tight rein on my blood pressure. Also, its time to start ramping up my training for the 24 hour race in Sebring, Florida again. I loved working for Wavecrest Labs The people were great and the product is cutting edge. I should write more about Wavecrest, but I'll leave that for another time.

The consequence of not controlling blood pressure? My mother's 52 year old cousin hadn't been taking his blood pressure meds in nearly two months, he just had a stroke.

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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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