Transplant Athlete
Saturday, June 10, 2006
  Eve Of...

I am sitting here, finally calming down. I'm thinking about the well wishes from Ed and Mary, Chuck and Crista, George Winkert, Jeff Magnuson, Chris Mento, Rudy Hewitt and some of the other DC Randonneurs. I'm going to keep them in my mind as I ride, without them, this wouldn't be possible. They are more than my training companions, Crista puts together some of the best routes I've ever ridden (with convenience stores marked) and none of them has ever said anything about my wheel sucking. I had a great adventure with Ed and Mary on last year's 400k brevet and it is moments like that that stick with me. When I think I can't go any further, I think of that night. I'd like to do well as much for them as for me.

Susan told me today that I have to beat her first transcon time of 11 days and 6 hours. I'm getting all sentimental now and might at any minute start babbling about how they feel like family to me...My next post will be from the road. Good Night.


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You CAN do this. Stay strong.
Lou -

You were talk of the weekend century rides this week. We're all pulling for you.


Your Philly Phan Club is tracking you every day on the RAAM site.

Continue being amazing.

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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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