Transplant Athlete
Saturday, June 09, 2007
  Twas The Night Before RAAM 2007

All was calm, All was bright...

Yeah, things are going a lot more smoothly this year. I was uber-stressed during registration and inspection especially when I realized I left some stuff at home and left some stuff back at the hotel, but the officials were cool and we were done quickly, quite the opposite of last year when the officials told me on the STARTING LINE that I didn't have all my paperwork in and wouldn't be allowed to start until it was, I was on the verge of tears.

Shout out to:

  • Mark Smith and Jonathan Nathanson at Bonzai Sports
  • Craftsman Auto Body for fixing up my ESCAPE and cleaning it inside and out
  • Clare Zecher for recording some stuff for me to listen to during RAAM and shipping it out
  • Sheila from Bermuda for her email
  • Hugh and Julie Chapman of Horseshoe Bend, Arkansas for their email of support
  • And last but not least, My Beautiful wife, ABL, for her extreme sacrifice during this, my cycling vacation...

I'm really excited about my communication prospects for this year. My APPLE makes it super easy to create podcasts, so I may be able to record my thoughts along the way. Stay tuned. My videographer will attempt to string together some footage for brief video updates along the way. If that's not cool, I don't know what is...I may or may not have time to check my email.

The race starts tomorrow at 7am EST (10am Pacific) so if I blog it'll be late at night. My crew may blog for me. If you'd like to leave a comment, my crew will read it to me on the road.


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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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