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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Did you guess them...?

No responses on the question from my last post. I have to assume that most of you out there had no idea about the answer. Well, no trouble because here it is...
Colorado Rockies: Aaron Cook

Boston Red Sox: Terry Francona
It is always great to hear that with proper treatment people can get back to a normal life style. Thankfully, I know a lot more of these stories from regular people and I can only hope that down the road we can continue to create that awareness so that we all know about the symptoms and are prepared to seek medical assistance when needed. We have a long road ahead of us but good stories of people beating clots and going back to normal life is what keeps us going.
Don't forget coming up in November...
Blood Clots and Blood Clotting Disorders:Key Issues in Diagnosis, Treatment and PreventionSaturday, November 10, 2007
This FREE seminar will be of interest to:
People who have had a blood clot or are at risk
People with inherited clotting abnormalities
Family members
Health care workers
Anyone wanting to know more about blood clots and wishing to advance prevention, diagnosis and treatment of thrombosis and thrombophilia
Hosted by
The National Alliance for Thrombosis and Thrombophilia in conjunction with the University of Utah and Intermountain Healthcare
University of Utah's Health Sciences Education Building (HSEB) in Alumni Hall room 2110, Salt Lake City, UT

A map of the conference facilities can be found at

Registration Information
Registration before November 2nd is requested. You may register by sending an e-mail to: or you may RSVP by phone. Please call Kandace Kaylor at
801-408-1682 before November 4th and
801-507-3747 after November 4th. To register.
Thanks for reading,
The Clot Buster

Sunday, October 28, 2007


Is Salt Lake City ready for the Clot Buster and the polka-dots?

Ready or not here I come along with NATT's Education Conference on November 10th. I am very much looking forward to the opportunity to go out west and spread the word about blood clots and blood clotting disorders. I always enjoy the chance to get out there and help out during this education conferences.

So, are you guys following the baseball World Series between the Colorado Rockies and the Bostons Red Sox? The reason I am asking is because each of the teams have a former clotter amongst their roster. In fact, I learned of one of them during tonights broadcast right around the third inning. I already knew about one but the other one was a surprise for me. Can you name them? If you know who they are go ahead and let me know and I will make arrangements to send you some Clot Buster - NATT wristbands on me. COME ON GIVE IT A TRY!!!

Unfortuantely, I am not rooting for either team just enjoying the competition while I am going to town in the house projects I am taking on while Mrs. Clot Buster is out of town. I am just trying to shorten my honey-do-list...

But not all of it is work around here. I got to race in a 5 Miler race today and I was able to clock a 35:09 for my time on this course. Man, I did not count on the hills I was going to face at this race... the legs sure got a nice workout. I am very pleased with this performance even after not being able to train a whole lot lately.

All right, if you know the names of the former clotters from each of the teams please let me know. I look forward to see your responses...

Thanks for reading,

The Clot Buster

Sunday, October 21, 2007

No Time...

It is been busy around here these days. Not much time left to blog as I have some projects around the house that need my attention. I have all these scrap wood my dad helped me collect from this old swing sey we had that I am using to build a shed. It is been an interesting project but one that it is taking time along with the rest of things I already have going on. It is coming together nicely but I have a little more to go. Soon enough I will be finishing it off so that I can have more room in the garage for my triathlon toys...
How about the IM World Championship race in Kona last weekend? I could not believe the race that took place on the women's side. What a story this Chrissie Wellington has from a virtual unknown to world champion in about 9 hours or so of work. I love it! It seems as if the women's torch has been passed to a new generation of racers who are taking the IM world by storm.

On the men's race I was not surprised to see Macca win the whole enchilada. I could not believe all the people who were not able to finish the race (or start for that matter). Anything can happen in this race that is for sure. This one was Macca's race to lose. After being humbled in years past this was his time and I am glad to see him being an honorable champion. I would have love to see Tim DeBoom catch "Thunder Bear" but at the same time it was great to see that someone with a dead even pace in the marathon can make a podium finish at the World Championships. I do have to mention Mr. Alexander and his versatility in the sport of thriatlon. Are you kidding me? His performance in Kona is nothing short of remarkable. What a powerhouse that guy is. I could not believe it when I was watching the broadcast. If he keeps this up he could surprise some people next year.

It would be incredible to be out there to race someday... How much luck do you think I need to win a slot from the lottery? Don't tell Mrs. Clot Buster but I purchase a lottery entry the other day. I think that a "second" honeymoon is a perfect excuse when she finds out. I am looking out for her best interest as a visit to the big island will be exactly what she needs next October...

If you have not had the chance to read about NATT's lates press release please check it out below. Very exciting this going on with NATT and we are getting a front row seat to see it all happen!


SEPTEMBER 26, 2007


TARRYTOWN, NY - The National Alliance for Thrombosis and Thrombophilia (NATT) today announced the award of two major program grants totaling $1.35 million that will serve as building blocks for its efforts to curb the unchecked devastating effects caused each year to nearly one million Americans who develop a blood clot.

NATT will use its two Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) grants to “launch a national wake-up call to promote public and healthcare professional awareness of this serious medical condition that each year kills nearly 300,000 Americans,” explains NATT President Randy Fenninger.

“We have a national crisis because few people recognize or understand the symptoms and risk factors of this silent killer. And even equally startling, is that not enough of our nation’s healthcare professionals have a full understanding of the symptoms and the methods for treatment of this life-threatening condition,” he said. Complications from clotting, occurring in more than half of those affected individuals, can often have serious consequences – as is evident from an annual mortality rate that is greater than the combined deaths from breast cancer, AIDS, and automobile accidents.

Mr. Fenninger complimented the proactive efforts of the CDC for recognizing the need to fund an all-out public and professional attack against blood clotting disorders. The awards, he notes, “serve to further support our national education and awareness work. This is a superb news for all Americans at risk for blood clots, and a very proud moment for the many volunteers who have worked so hard to move NATT from a board room dream to a now nationally respected community-based advocacy organization that does so much good.”

Aiding the CDC’s proactive funding efforts was a meeting held in May of 2006 by the U.S. Surgeon General who brought together national healthcare and public leaders to discuss the serious problems surrounding blood clots and clotting disorders. The general theme from this meeting is the publication of “Call-to-Action” this fall by the U.S. Surgeon General to improve education and awareness within the healthcare profession, as well as the general public.

These facts, combined with a serious lack of awareness among the public, constitute a significant public health problem that NATT has been battling since its inception in 2003. NATT Executive Director Alan Brownstein explained that a national initiative called “Stop-The-Clot,” will now be launched. The multi-tiered program, one of two receiving funding awards from the CDC, will focus its education and awareness efforts on such objectives as:- Enhancement of NATT’s successful patient seminars into a nationally Stop-The-Clot Forum series- Establishment of a comprehensive consumer Clotting Information Resource Center (CIRC; available via web and print mediums)- Collaboration with the national Hemophilia Treatment Centers, the Thrombosis and Hemostasis Centers, and the Anticoagulation Forum network for distribution of education materials- And the development of a regional chapter infrastructure.

The CDC also awarded funding for a nurses and non-physician healthcare professionals’ education project that will specifically address the areas of blood clot prevention, diagnosis, treatment and management. NATT’s Medical And Scientific Advisory Board (MASAB) Chairman Dr. Stephan Moll, director of the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill Thrombophilia Program, expressed his board’s delight regarding the CDC awards. “I commend the CDC on their efforts to respond to this extreme health issue in such a proactive manner through funding these programs instituted by NATT,” he said.

Dr. Moll noted that the healthcare professionals’ education project is deemed an essential element in the fight against blood clots. “Improving the content and delivery of health information/education by nurses and other non-physicians,” he said, “provides an educational and training aspect to a critical part of a patient’s healthcare and wellness.”

The program, Dr. Moll explained, will be delivered nationally through the utilization of evidence-based teaching methods in small group sessions led by trained faculty. The program’s ultimate goal is to prevent secondary conditions in people with clotting disorders by improving their access to knowledgeable healthcare providers.

NATT will collaborate with many organizations in its development of a 12-region training program. Patients will be reached throughout the U.S. network of the 140-federally funded Hemophilia Treatment Centers, the CDC Pilot Thrombophilia Centers and through participants of the Anticoagulation Forum.


(For More Information regarding the National Alliance for Thrombosis and Thrombophilia and/or their national programs, please contact Alan Brownstein at (917) 209-2000 ,, or NATT President Randy Fenninger (202) 833-007. or log on to NATT is a 501c3 national volunteer community-based organization which welcomes support through involvement and/or donations. Further information can also be obtained from NATT’s Medical and Scientific Advisory Board chairman Dr. Stephan Moll, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill at (919) 966-3311 or

Thursday, October 11, 2007

What are you doing this weekend?

That is a hard question to answer...

I think for sure I will be paying attention to the developments at the Ironman World Championships in Hawaii. Who will have the perfect day to win this year? It is pretty much anyone's race. I don't even have a clue about who has the best shot out there. There are several contenders in both the men's and women's races. Maybe an American can come out and represent... that would be pretty cool to see again.

The swim start is truly something to see...

I can't believe that back in 2003 Mrs. Clot Buster and I had the chance to be at the race as volunteers towards the tail end of out Honeymoon. That was really wild and something I will never forget. The finish line is something special, especially towards midnight. I don't think that there is something more electric than that...

Yes, that is Mrs. Clot Buster's hand at the her post in T2.

Outside of checking out the Ironman race I am planning on doing a century ride on Saturday. The IM will not start until pretty late in the afternoon due the time change at the big island so I have time (if I get my act together early in the AM) to get out there and put down my Century for 2007. Let's see if I can can do it. I just hope to be conservartive and not go out too hard...

Norman Stadler coming through T2. He was first off the bike that year but his run was not put together then as it is today.

Well, here is to a good night of sleep so that I can start my weekend in full force tomorrow after work. I do still have to work to keep the lights on Fridays...

The finish shoot. Also an incredile sight just because of its history in the sport...

Thanks for reading,

The Clot Buster

Sunday, October 07, 2007

Still at it...

THANK YOU to all of you out there who are contacting me and are interested in learning about NATT, as well as, helping the organization with the purchase of a wristband. Keep those requests coming! As soon as you get in touch with me we can get the ball rolling and have the wristbands on their way!

THANK YOU a thousand times over!

This weekend I had the chance to race in a Trail 10K at High Banks Metro Park just north of Columbus on route 23. I love this place a great deal as it has a number of hiking trails that make for VERY CHALLENGING running trails that I enjoy a lot. Mrs. Clot Buster found this place about two years ago and we go there to train very often. So, racing on those same trials is a big trill because we get to push one more gear out there than we normally do. I raced pretty well, despite my lack of intense training. Once the season is over I pretty much cut back a lot of my swimming, biking, and running to a level in which I can keep a base but not much beyond that. So, racing a 10K can be a pretty good shock to the system.

On Saturday, I felt great and I was able to push a pretty fast pace according to the Clot Buster's standards. I was able to clock a 45:32 for a 10K distance that had some very steep hills to cotend with. But best of all I was able to finish THIRD OVERALL in the race!!! I could not believe it... I guess that all of the good runners skipped this race and let us slow guys have our moment of glory out there. Hey, I guess that I take it and enjoy it for what is worth!!!

So, off we go to start another week in paradise.

To all of you reading out there... HAVE A GREAT WEEK!

Thanks for reading,

The Clot Buster

My 100th Triathlon Finish !!!

My 100th Triathlon Finish !!!