Tuesday, November 16, 2010

The Marathon: Running For Alzheimer's Awareness

Yes, I know it's not an original idea, but it is a personal one, so this week I made it official: Every step of the Atlanta marathon next year will be dedicated to Alzheimer's victims and their loved ones everywhere.

As I mentioned in a previous entry, the last one I ran I finished just 12 minutes before it ended at 4 hours and 48 minutes. Even though I'm 11 years older, my goal this time will be to finish at 4 hours and 30 minutes or under.

I can do this and I will do this because I think it is important to show we still are your friends, your family and your neighbors and we don't need you to feel sorry for us or "write us off". We want you to stand by us and help us obtain the funding needed to research and cure this terrible disease.

My counsellor Suzette has been notified of my decision, and in the coming months you will see information on planning and how you may participate if you wish.

My mind is weak (ening), but my legs are strong. Please give me your moral support, okay?

Thanks and please don't forget our 4 footed friends. We're heading into the cold months, and although their fur will protect them, we need to help them with hunger and companionship, so please click to feed and rescue when you can!


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Saturday, November 13, 2010

This Just In.....

.......my SSDI hearing is scheduled for February, 2011. About time, right?

So I guess between now and then, we'll be getting all my documentation together (Dr's records, etc) and generally just preparing (which for me, means reading everything I can get my hands on, on how such a thing is conducted.


If you've been following the blog, you may have heard me mention the bicycle ride we completed in September, called C2CR2C and you may have followed us as we prepared and rode the highways from Texas to Georgia.

If you did, then you may have gotten to know "Team C2CR2C", consisting of myself, my wife Dondra, BillDL of Scotland, his friend Becky of California, and our friend Marty Neese, who was the co-manager of the ride and whose duties included, driving the support van, navigating, repairing the bike and giving me the moral support I needed.

In the last post, I wrote that Marty lost his 28 year old daughter Brandie to cancer on Nov 7th. Since that last post, BillDL has written a very moving tribute to Marty and Brandy. Since I felt that post/mention was kinda short and the website added as an edit, I am repeating it now for you to take a look and keep our friend Marty in your thoughts as this is the second tragedy he has had to endure, having lost his 10 year old son Josh to muscular dystrophy several years ago.

Please take a look and if you like, sign the guest book using the link BillDL has provided.

We love you, Marty and thank you for your dedication not only to our ride, but to your children as well.


Bill, Dondra, BillDL and Becky

Some Sad News This Week

Hey Y'all

Dondra and I were saddened when one of my counsellors, Danelle, informed us of the passing of Mr. Jim Patterson, an Alzheimer's victim and very good friend to all who knew him. Jim and I belong to a support group called "Forget Me Not" and every month on a Wednesday we all meet at various restaurants in the metro Atlanta area for lunch that Suzette, Danelle and Kathy arange for us. Jim and his kind, friendly manner will be missed by all of us, and Dondra and I add our condolences to his family and friends.

Also this week one of the C2CR2C ("Carrollton to Carrollton Ride to Care") teammates, Marty Neese, lost his 28 year old daughter Brandie to cancer. This is the second child he has lost. His 10 year old son Joshua died of muscular dystrophy several years ago.

No child should precede his or her parent in death.

Marty was an essential part of the team and we could not have succeeded without him. Although she was very ill, she insisted that her dad go on the ride for her. She leaves behind her son Jacob and husband Brandon.

Please keep both our friends in your thoughts.



EDITED TO ADD: A moving tribute by BillDL to our friend Marty's daughter may be seen at www.c2cr2c.com. Thanks, B~

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Running The Atlanta Marathon In 2011

I last ran a marathon in 1990 and finished in 4 hours and 48 minutes. (That's 12 minutes before they start taking up the cones, by the way! :-) )

Since the ride is done, and since I don't have plans to do another, I need something to keep me busy and in "planning" mode, so I've started training in addition to cycling (working all sets of leg muscles).

As you might guess, I'll be starting off with "baby steps", i.e. walking and working my way up to running 5 and 10k's and adding mileage from there.

If you're into walking and want to join me virtually, I recommend the cd's "60's walking (or 70's, 8's, 90's etc.) by a company called Workout Music (not affiliated).

The pace begins at 3.0 mph and the music is geared to BPM (beats per minute) so that every time your foot hits the ground, you're walking in time to the music. The next level is 3.2, which you should do when you feel comfortable at 3.0 and can carry on a conversation without gasping for breath. Personally, I find I train better with music than without, and I'm currently at 4.1. The next one is called "Classical Symphoney Power Walking" and goes to 4.6 in 2 levels. All workouts are 30 minutes and feature 2 different speeds. My goal is the Marine Corps Cadence runs, which are a good race pace.

A link to the workout music is in the title line of this post and you can hear a 2 minute sample here: http://www.workoutmusicvideo.com/walkr6w.html

In other news, I'm still active in animal welfare advocacy and am currently working on getting the Paulding County Humane Society re-motivated, since they've been basically kicked out of volunteering at the local animal "shelter", and have all laid down and are licking their wounds (so to speak).

They need to re-organize and form committees to discuss building their own free-standing facility, but I think they feel more comfortable writing about how "helpless" they all feel and how they're "in tears" because so many animals are being killed. (Not "euthanized" - killed.) I want to either, 1. shame them or 2. anger them (even if it's at me). I am giving them all sorts of ideas, but so far - nothing. If you care to read about what's going on, here's a link to their forum: http://paulding.com/forum/index.php?/forum/99-four-legged-friendzy/ . My nickname there is Christopher Robin.

Yesterday, (Tuesday) D and I worked at the local precinct for voting, which also happens to be where we go to church (well, where D goes to church, I only go when she bitches at me for NOT going). Counting getting up at 4:30 am and working in total to 8:30 pm (polls close at 7, but it takes another hour and a half to take everything down), I wasn't good for much when we got home and went straight to bed.

Okay, that gets y'all up to date on the "German Boy". Write me something sometime, please. Don't make me feel like I'm talking to myself. I'd kinda like this to be my "diary" of sorts.

A little "joggin' music":

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