Transplant Athlete
Saturday, January 28, 2006

I just noticed at the beginning of this week that I was a bit overtrained. Luckily, its a recovery week, but I will also take it easy next week as well just to be on the safe side. What symptoms did I notice? A really, really short temper. Interestingly, that's not one of my normal symptoms of overtraining. Usually, when I'm overtrained, I lose all motivation to train and my legs just feel like crap. My motivation is really high right now and I am feeling stronger than ever. How am I taking it easy? No century today and I'll probably do a 50 or 75 mile ride tomorrow. During the week it was easy spins on the trainer or short, easy trips pulling my kids around town. Next week will be more of the same, but next weekend will be back up to long rides.

There are roughly 20 days left before the BikeSebring 24 Hour Time Trial. Yes, I'll be there on my Softride, look for my red 1995 Chevrolet Cavalier(w/ Virginia Tags) as my support vehicle. See ya'll there. I'll be mainly self supporting on this trip; however, there are tons of local riders going down for the event, so I'm sure somebody will help out if I need it during the last 12 hours. Chuck and Crista will be coming down with their Tandem for the 12 hour joined by Lizz Settle, Jeff Magnuson and Matt Settle will be tackling the 24 hour event. Chris Mento might come down. It should be a blast.

Only 133 days until RAAM. After Sebring, I have a recovery week and then I start my climbing Build phase and the beginning of quad century weekends.


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"How did I notice? A really, really short temper."

I always wondered exactly how athletes could tell when they overtrained. Now I know exactly what you mean. And after seeing that you're another crazy person training for the Race Across America, I don't feel too bad agreeing with you. Keep ridin!
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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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