Monday, September 30, 2013

2013 Race Around Lake Tahoe

On Saturday, September 28th, I joined my friends, Rick, Mitch, and George, and we competed in the 2013 Race Around Lake Tahoe! What an exciting time. We arrived in Truckee, CA on Thursday night, and we were able to stay at the home of Kevin and Sydney Knight. What a beautiful home it is and we were so grateful for there generosity. The home, surrounded by the beauty of the area was spectacular. The weather was crisp and clear, very cold in the mornings. On Friday, we did a short practice ride and discovered how cold we could get on our bikes. We made sure that we had gloves, and thank goodness I had brought warm riding gear.

On Saturday, we met at Zephyr Cove where the race began and ended. At 7 sharp the pelaton took off. It soon left us in the dust. Rick and Mitch, who were going for under 4 hours, left George and I in the dust. George, bless his heart, turned around and then rode the whole ride with me. George is a good man!

We had a great time. It was a challenging ride with some good hills. It was beautiful scenery. What an awesome day!

Rick and Mitch finished just over 4 hours and George and I finished under 6. I rode well and felt great! I am very pleased with how I did and very grateful to have been there. Thank you Rick for inviting me, and thank you George, Mitch, and Rick for making sure that I was taken care of. It is great to have such good friends!

Friday, September 20, 2013

The Davis Phinney Foundation Exercise Video! Check it out and order one!

What is it?
An 80-minute Davis Phinney Foundation instructional DVD entitled, “Parkinson’s Exercise Essentials: Getting Started, Staying Motivated, Seeing Results.”
For whom is it intended?
Most anyone living with Parkinson’s disease can benefit from this instructional DVD.
Workouts take varying degrees of disease progression, fitness and age into account and are adaptable for a range of mobility and ability. Whether a first-timer, a lapsed exerciser, or an athlete, this DVD contains highly relevant information.
Why is the DVD important?
This is the first time a video has been produced that shows people with Parkinson’s how to exercise and how to customize their approach for their own needs and personalities so that they stick with it for the long haul.
There are two complete at-home workouts with variations to account for different abilities. Dr. Matthew Ford provides detailed information about how to get started with exercise, then progress it over time – a key to getting maximum benefit from one’s efforts. He explains how to take any activity and turn it into exercise that is suited for the person with Parkinson’s. This is not a workout video to use for a while, then move on; this is both a workout and a road map for making activity and exercise part of a long-term approach to living well with Parkinson’s disease. 
Importantly, all the people who demonstrate the exercises and speak about their experiences are people who have Parkinson’s disease. Each of them – different ages, backgrounds, abilities and symptoms – has a story that illustrates how much of a positive impact exercise can have on quality of life for people with this disease. Their message of encouragement is that if they can do it [exercise to live well today], viewers can, too.
Why should people register their DVD with the Davis Phinney Foundation?*  (By ordering a DVD, they are registered..  This is rally just for folks that get one a different way)
Registration at gives people notification of updates, including video clips, printable workout exercise journaling templates, and content yet to be developed. We expect the resource web page to grow over time and want everyone who has the DVD to access the new content to stay informed and motivated.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Family Picture!

I have a great family: L-R Kamrie,Carl,Leisa,Torie,Casey, Kyler, Mckelle,Brigden, Jordan,Jacie

Conquered Camelback Mountain!

Hiked Camelback Mountain this morning with friends Collin and Takashi!
It was challenging for me but I did well and it felt great to do it.