Transplant Athlete
Friday, December 09, 2005
  Solo RAAM 2006

Yesterday, I signed up for Solo RAAM 2006. I was very excited, yesterday. Today, I am concerned about my training and my training plan. I went in and doubled my hours on the plan and I may revise them upward as we get closer to the event. Don't get me wrong though, I am a quality over quantity type guy. I just feel my first stab at a plan didn't have enough hours in it to accomplish what I would need to do in a week.

I'm taking a serious look at my nutrition as well. I've been adding more and more fruits and vegetables (to get to the RDA), so hopefully I will be better fueled than last year. Anybody who has known me for more than 5 years knows that my diet used to be atrocious. I used to be in sales and ate many a meal in my car. Its tough to resist the call of the drive thru window, almost like there should be a 12 step plan for that. Weight wise, I'm at the lowest I've been in years. In fact, I was just a couple pounds lighter when my kidneys were failing in 2000. I had a tough time finishing a burger back then, I don't know if it was psychological or if my body was just fed up with the protein.

My next step is to organize this effort, volunteers, fundraisers, crew, publicity, etc. That needs to happen soon. If you've got special skills, drop me a line, I can use all the help I can get. Click on the link to the right to send me email.

I hope the RAAM broadcast comes on NBC soon. I'm anxious to see the footage. We didn't really take many pictures during the race, but we shot a heck of a lot of footage. We've requested the raw footage, but I doubt we'll see that until after the documentary airs.


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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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