Transplant Athlete
Friday, July 30, 2010
  Swim Bike

In planning for the Sprint Tri, I was thinking my swim and run would take about a half hour each. I was hoping I'd be able to make up time on the bike. All of those illusions came crashing down today. I jumped in the pool and swam a half mile in about 20 minutes. I attempted a reasonably fast transition to the bike to see if there would be any hiccups on race day. uh yeah.
  1. It's tough to put a Jersey on when you're wet.
  2. I don't need to buy tri shorts. I felt fine riding in my swim suit.
  3. I was glad I practiced that tri thing where the shoes are clipped into the bike and you slip your feet in as you ride.
  4. I'm fat. I think I've gained some serious weight during this kitchen remodel.
  5. I'm slow. I need to do more short speed work on the bike.
Race distance on the bike was about 40 or 50 minutes. The course I picked was about 2 miles longer than it needed to be. I think I can fix that.

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  Great Atlantic Ocean Sprint Tri & 24 Hours Of Booty

I hate running. I hate running. I hate running.

I've been swimming and biking, but not running. This kitchen remodel was supposed to take two weeks and it will be 4 when all is said and done. As you can imagine when I'm not working on the kitchen I've been too tired to exercise. I've got a month to whip myself into running shape.

In addition to that challenge, I've also signed up for the 24 Hours Of Booty at the end of August. Here is my personal donation page if you feel inclined to donate. My longest ride to date has been around 40 miles, so I've got a long way to go there too.


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Sunday, July 04, 2010
  Lake Fairfax Bike Ride

So, I've been telling the kids for a couple days now that we were going to ride to Lake Fairfax. This morning, when Q found out it was definite, she started complaining about her knee hurting. I sent RJ upstairs to get dressed. He came down in shorts and a blue dress shirt. My kids will try anything to get out of stuff they don't want to do.

We got started a little late, we traveled down the bike path out to Dranesville Road and the whining started. "Daddy my knee hurts" "Daddy I'm tired" "Daddy can mom come pick us up?" "Daddy my legs are burning" I ended up pushing them uphill for short sections. Forty minutes into the ride Q announced she needed to go potty right away. ARGH!

The whining stopped when got to Lake Fairfax. We made our way over to the dirt trail that leads into Reston, but the kids spent a lot of time walking up and down the hills. We stopped every 15 minutes for fluid and food. RJ didn't want to eat. We stopped at 7-11 in Reston because Q was out of water. They decided they wanted to stop at BK and DQ for lunch and ice cream. ARGH! Four and a half hours. I'm guessing it's about 12 miles.


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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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