Friday, August 29, 2008
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Friday, August 22, 2008
For the past two years we had a great time during the weeknd of the Greater Cleveland Triathlon. We look forward to the opprtunity to do it once more next year. MANY THANK AGAIN!!!
Now, on to the race... yes, believe it or not we did have a race and the Clot Buster raced on Sunday... I was able to manage to line up for the Olympic distance race. I have no idea how my body would react to the long day of selling raffle tickets and mostly being on my feet all day. Early in the AM we got our selves to the park to find a steady wind coming from the north. We could not see the water at this point but the wind we could definitely feel... So, once the sun rose enough and we started to see the white caps in the lake it became very evident that no swimming would take place today... I was bummed out for sure. I think that the swim is a great equalizer for many competitors and personally it provides me with a little advantage that sometimes I can hold... So without a swim on we went with a mile run and the rest of the race.During the first half of the bike is when I was starting to feel some of the fatigue from Saturday. The legs were not firing as well but I kept moving forward as much as I could. I was getting passed left and right by people in my age group. I think I saw 4 men passing me all together. At this point I am thinking that I going to coast home and just enjoy the views. Luckily the second half of the bike course is really fast and I went at it... I did not bring anyone back but I started to feel good.So, on to the 6.2 Mile run my legs were feeling good. I got a nice pace together and right away I picked up a guy in my age group... all right 3 more to go. By mile 3 I picked up another one and on Mile 5 I got to one more. So, I know I have second place in the bag but what if... so I keep up my pace but the last guy in my age group was too far in front for me to catch... so I was able to manage a 2nd place in my age group. I just wonder what would have happened if we would have had a swim... oh well, I take 2nd place any day!
THANKS AGAIN to all of you helped us out this year. Another special THANKS go to the Callahan-McIntosh Family for hosting us again this year. YOU GUYS ROCK!!!
Monday, August 18, 2008
You see I got this letter in the mail the other day... U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services..
and I had to read what it said as the labor of MANY YEARS of work have gone into that...
and FINALLY it is here... I've been accepted to be a CITIZEN OF THIS MAGNIFICENT COUNTRY!!!
I am honored and humbled to have the chance to be a Citizen of this country... It has been a long road with many twists and turns but every single one of them took me in the direction I needed to go to reach this point... Soon enough I will be able to address my posts with "My Fellow Americans..." well, maybe not but it is nice to have the option.
So, AUGUST 19th, mark it on your calendar. This is the day when you celebrate my addition to this Fantastic Nation... take it form someone who comes from the outside... there is no life like the American Life... I am just LIVING THE DREAM!!!
Thank you for reading,
The Clot Buster
Tuesday, August 05, 2008
So put your hands together and let's root our hearts out for MR. MIKE FRIEDMAN!!!
Mike will be participating on the Madison track race where I am sure he will be putting it all on the line representing this amazing country of ours and of course becoming even a bigger inspiration to all who have had a blood clot and are attempting to find their back to a normal and healthy lifestyle.
If you are intesrested in reading more about Mike and his rise to the pro-rankings of cycling and his trail to the US Cycling team check out the following link at the USA TEAM WEBSITE.
MIKE - BEST OF LUCK at the games!!! BRING HOME THE GOLD!!!
All of us the in THE CLOT BUSTER - STOP THE CLOT nation are rooting for you!!!
The Clot Buster