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Monday, May 31, 2010
  Alpha

I'm crazy out of shape right now. I got into the pool today to do some laps. It was difficult. Really difficult. I need to be able to swim a 1/2 mile in September and I swam so much as a kid, I thought this would be no big deal, but...ugh. I got a long way to go.
 
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Wednesday, May 26, 2010
  Exercise

I got on the bike Saturday for 45 minutes. I took it easy, I had the trainer set at it's lowest resistance level and I cranked out 5.5 miles. Yesterday, I cranked out another 14 miles over the course of an hour. Everything seems to be going fine. I haven't tried getting out of the saddle and really crankin' it yet, but I feel ready for the W & OD.

My first outdoor ride post transplant back in 2000 was 7 weeks. The Docs said, "go forth and exercise, but take it easy..." I rode a loop, Headed out to Old Ox > Evergreen Mills > W & OD > back home, on my Aluminum Trek. It was 40 miles and took me 3 hours. The next day, I rode a similar, but shorter loop (26 miles/2 hours). It looks like I got 6 hours of exercise in that week.

 
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Tuesday, May 25, 2010
  Elite PACTour

The Elite PACTour Transcon is ON, here's pictures from Susan. I wish I was out there with them. Seriously, I'm looking at those pictures thinking I should be out there. I'm definitely doing their 2011 Transcon.
 
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Monday, May 24, 2010
  Healing, Blood Pressure, And An Exercise Bike

My Blood Pressure's been pretty low lately. That's a good thing, it means the kidney is doing its job. The doctors have been slowly lowering the BP meds. I suspect, that I will soon be off all of them.

Especially when I start exercising again. I was on the bike (on a trainer) Saturday. I would do it more often, but my bike weighs in around 20 lbs and the trainer is pretty hefty as well. I'm still not supposed to lift them yet. That means I have to ask my overworked wife to get them out for me, and who wants to do that...

I've ordered some Vibram Five Fingers (VFF). I ran a track for a semester in high school and hated it. When I moved to VA in 1995, I tried running, but ended up with a pain in my leg, a pain that stayed with me until RAAM 2007 when a two person female team loaned me their massage therapist. Anyway, I've been hearing a lot about the barefoot running movement, so I thought I'd give the VFF a try. I signed up for a Sprint Distance Triathlon in Seaside Heights in September. My family has a reunion every year at Seaside after the season is over. Last year, there was a triathlon on the Sunday and a few of the family thought it would be cool to enter it. I signed up for this year's edition of the Great Atlantic Ocean Triathlon. This would be my first triathlon. So, I'll have plenty to blog about, including my race preparations for three different sports.

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Saturday, May 22, 2010
  Halelujah Free Speech Is Alive And Well In America

Recently, The Pennsylvania AG went on a fishing expedition using subpoenas to catch some people who were twittering things he didn't like. Two people, CASABLANCAPA and BFBARBIE, have been using Twitter to express their displeasure with AG Tom Corbett.

This reminded me of the last scene in Pump Up The Volume:

Hard Harry: Imagine a fucking political hack in charge of free speech in America. I bet Watts was the guy who took names when the teacher was out of the classroom.
Arthur Watts: This is the problem with free speech in America. Would you turn that thing off...

This was a moronic move by Corbett, he should've known better. I'm glad the PA prosecutors are dropping the subpoenas.

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Wednesday, May 19, 2010
  Pop Tops

At dinner tonight, I found myself explaining what a pop top was to my 7 year old.

(pointing to my can of Coca-Cola)
Me: They used to have a ring on here, you'd pull it and it would pull off a sharp piece of metal, but people would often just throw them on the ground...
Her: they littered?
Me: yes, and since the metal was sharp, people would get cut and then write songs about it.
 
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Wednesday, May 12, 2010
  Highs And Lows

I saw Ironman 2 today and it was awesome. When I got home, my wife informed me that an alleged violent sexual predator was transferred into our local school from a nearby school.

So, the rumor is a 5th grader at a nearby school pulled a knife on another student and demanded a BJ. He is also accused of a similar crime on school property after hours during a sporting event. I sat through an hour long bullying seminar at our school to find out why we as parents were not informed of the transfer. The Principal read a prepared statement. The Principal admitted that there was an ongoing police investigation and that Fairfax County Public School system was conducting an investigation of it's own, but told us due to confidentiality she could not alert us to the situation. Her defense was "We have to trust her to keep our children safe." and, "Your children are safe."

So, Police Investigation, School investigation, but no warning to the parents. The school counselor did say that this was a good time to remind our kids about good touch, bad touch...

I just found out that the parents at the other school received a written warning that a police investigation was under way regarding an incident that occurred on school grounds after hours. Why were we not informed? I also have to say, that I was getting very aggravated by the lack of empathy coming from the school administrators. I wanted to get right up in their faces and warn them that if anything happens to my little girl, there'd be hell to pay. I love my daughter dearly and I will do anything to protect her.

 
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Saturday, May 01, 2010
  The Hard Part...

The transplant is over and the recovery has begun and so does the hardest part of this whole process: I feel amazing and I have to cool my jets long enough to let my incision heal properly. I can eat anything I want, I feel normal, my energy level is back to normal, even my pain is starting to moderate (I'm taking just three doses of Tylenol a day- Morning, afternoon, and bedtime), and my body is screaming to go out and do something. Hike. Bike. Climb. Camp. Swim. Work.
 
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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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