“A Man Has To Know His Limitations”

  Hi! Folks, Remember Dirty Harry and his famous line about a man knowing his limitations: If you exceed your limitations as an athlete, injury is on the way. In order to maximize your performance, however, you have to approach your physical and mental limits, but not exceed them. But if your perceived limits are way below your actual limits your performance will never be the best you can make it! How ... Read more

Angioplasty.org, The Need for an AAA-Stent Community, Family and Back In Training

Hi! Folks, As I attempt to develop a community or forum for people with AAA-stents, I am encountering some very valuable resources, associated with which are kind and helpful people. For instance, Angioplasty.org, which I incorrectly referred to as Angioplasty.com in my previous post. Apologies to Burt, who has made a very relevant movie - I'll tell you about it once it arrives in my mailbox and I get to watch it ... Read more

Feldenkrais, Chia, and Extending Your Life, Thanks To Chris McDougall

Hi folks, (especially fellow AAA-stent owners, if I ever find any!), Tip for the day - one cup of chia (table spoon in cup of water) with Maple Syrup to taste goes down great just before and early morning swim. Doesn't sit on your stomach and you don't feel too hungry when you come out of the water (but you still want to eat, of course). Now I am eating a couple of tamales to finish off my breakfast. Really like ... Read more

Adjusting to Barefoot Running Without Hurting Yourself – What is working for me!

Hi! Folks, Learned a neat trick yesterday. As I increase my barefoot running technique, which I do either barefoot or with Nike Free shoes (Yes! It can be done, but you have to think barefoot or those shoes will suck you into your old way of running!), I find that my calves are having to adjust to the load in several new places. Here is the trick I used yesterday for a seven mile trail run - once I felt any ... Read more

Guarding, Feldenkrais, Triathlon Training, AAA-Stents and Origami

  Hi folks, Tip for the day: find what your neuromuscular system is guarding unnecessarily, as it can kill your training and will certainly slow you down. Book for the day: "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" by Robert Pirsig. (all about quality of life, right!). Still a great book! Links for the day: Did you know that Origami played a big role in the design of your endovascular AAA-stent graft. ... Read more

Having a Stent is Both Frightening and Enlightening; Endurance Training Ideal for the Stented

Hi folks, My girlfriend/partner, Deb, has an autistic son, Rory, which can be challenging. Deb always says that Rory has brought many more positive than negative things into her life, especially in the form of wonderful and supportive people. I have always been surprised by such a positive attitude to what seems like such a difficult, and sometimes sad, turn of events. Now that I have experienced a truly ... Read more

Stent or No Stent, Which Cycle Should You Choose, Cervelo, Karma (my preference), Schwinn, or Cori?

Good Morning Folks, Well! I need to learn about tags and categories, as mine are all screwed up, but I'll do my entry for the day and then follow some much needed advice on blogging. I woke up thinking about cycling, the most time consuming part of my sport, and the most mind consuming part of my current career in 'omics' (btw, I found the previous linked 'article' whilst looking for a general reference ... Read more

If You Have an AAA-Stent or Any Other Health Challenge, Choose Your Training Partners Carefully

Hi folks, I write my blog each day in my blogging chair at Johnny's, only in Carrboro, created by Brian Plaster and his trusty staff. Brian kindly posed for this picture of my morning blog spot, holding a bottle of my favorite wine, Our Daily Red (Organic, No Sulfites Detected). Brian is a great mountain biker, but me, I stick to the roads, and with an AAA-stent you need to think about how you ride. For ... Read more

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