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How Endurance Sports Saved My Life

Posted by on Oct 12, 2014 in Perspiration Inspiration | 1 comment

An introduction into my unique brain chemistry: October 6th was National Day Without Stigma. On that day I finally decided to be public about my unique brain chemistry. To hear my message click the link to my youtube video below: During college many people find their identity. My freshman year of college I had my first extremely major depressive episode. I spent over 3 months torturing my brain, struggling to succeed in school, masking my emotions, and dealing with what I thought was stress. In 2005, two weeks before my sophomore year started at the University of Michigan College of Engineering, I was self-admitted to an in-patient psychiatric facility. Why was I in a psychiatric facility? I had a major manic episode that caused me to be awake for approximately 3 days straight. I then ended up in the hospital where I was given the option to receive help. I chose to receive treatment and help. During that week in the psychiatric facility I was diagnosed with bi-polar disorder, also known as manic depression. I spent the next 9 years learning that my alternative brain chemistry is not a disorder and it is not an illness; it is a unique part of me that gives me strength and individuality in so many ways. There...

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Steamboat: I’ve Arrived

Posted by on Jun 6, 2014 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Steamboat: I’ve Arrived

Tuesday May 21st I had a brick workout scheduled with the IronEdge Tri Team. We met at Rotary Park with a group of 8 at 9 am. How do 9 adults find time to work out for 3 hours on a Tuesday morning? When you live beautiful Yampa Valley, you make it happen! People just like me live in this town to enjoy this lifestyle. This was my third road ride in Steamboat. For me, this was my first, fair weather, long, road ride. We did 6 intervals on our way to Stagecoach Lake. The spring scenery was so jaw dropping I literally had to tell myself to close my mouth and smile instead gaping in pure awe at the natural wonder of the mountains. The hills and windy roads surrounded by endless mountains were ripe with every shade of green and snow caps at the top of each peak. I didn’t care that I was going uphill into a strong headwind because I had the camaraderie of great teammates and mother nature cheering me on. After a series of tough 3 minute intervals the 6thand final interval finished on freshly paved blacktop. Then, seemingly out nowhere Stagecoach Lake appeared. This pristine lake is nestled in the middle of the mountains and is the...

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Positive Monologues & Motivation

Posted by on May 29, 2014 in Perspiration Inspiration | Comments Off on Positive Monologues & Motivation

Positive Monologues & Motivation Athens, Ohio to Harrisburg, West Virginia Day 33 was one of my favorite days on our trip across America. The bike baths and back roads provided an amazing back drop for a challenging 80 mile ride from Athens, Ohio to Harrisburg West Virginia. We started the day on a nice winding bike path out of Athens for the first 10 miles. This was the last of a series of awesome bike paths in Ohio which...

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Ride for World Health Receives a Friendly Welcome to Oklahoma

Posted by on May 1, 2014 in Perspiration Inspiration | Comments Off on Ride for World Health Receives a Friendly Welcome to Oklahoma

R4WH Receives a Friendly Welcome to Oklahoma Oklahoma was by far the friendliest state we have rode through. We were approached at rest stops, restaurants, and stop lights by locals intrigued by our group of orange riders. I enjoy the chance to talk to locals about our journey and use our healthy activity of cycling as a vehicle for change in promoting global health. One local American Indian shared his story of losing over 70 pounds by cutting back...

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R4WH – 3 Day Tour de Southwest – Arizona to New Mexico

Posted by on Apr 23, 2014 in Perspiration Inspiration | 2 comments

3 Day Tour de Southwest Arizona < Pheonix – Payson – Snowflake – Zuni > New Mexico Ride for World Health April 2 – April 5, 2014 Enjoy every moment for it’s unique beauty. I currently writing with an adrenaline rush received from the finishing charge of a century ride (100 miles) from Snowflake, Arizona to Zuni, New Mexico. Today capped off 3 amazing days of scenic, challenging, and eventful cycling for the Ride for World Health team. The team...

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R4WH Day 2 – Julian to Westmoreland, CA

Posted by on Apr 9, 2014 in General, Perspiration Inspiration | Comments Off on R4WH Day 2 – Julian to Westmoreland, CA

On morning 2 I scrambled around the church organizing breakfast and preparing the vans for the day of the travel with the rest of crew team Charlie. Our rambunctious Charlie crew consists of Jason, Erika, Nick, Sarah, and I. After we packed, I led our morning team cheer again to pump up the riders for a fun day of cycling. We than had another successful on time departure at 8:30. Erika made an awesome warning sign for the back...

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R4WH Day 1: San Diego to Julian, CA

Posted by on Apr 7, 2014 in General, Perspiration Inspiration | Comments Off on R4WH Day 1: San Diego to Julian, CA

Ride for World Health officially started our journey on Wednesday, March 26. We woke up in the darkness and scrambled to pack our luggage into the Budget truck and day bags into the support vans for the very first time. As the sun rose we donned our Ride for World Health kits (cycling jerseys and shorts) and headed for the Pacific Ocean with youthful enthusiasm. It is a tradition amongst cross country cyclists to dip your back tire at...

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