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Ben Hur on Carbon Fiber

Now that the days are getting shorter I have to resort to riding in to work the short way. Instead of the 15 miles through the Heritage Trail, now it is straight down the emergency lane on highway 41. This completely changes my demeanor to cycling like an out of work Kamikaze Pilot. No more riding through the scenic tree lined quiet trail. Now it is full gas ride with the cars in time trial mode. Somehow I pass by Union Hospital just as some are leaving work and others heading in. I generally fly around the corner there like the first lap of a criterium race. Something a kin to Ben Hur riding his chariot around the Roman Coliseum. Instead of flying hooves its carbon fiber and aluminum in full tilt. Who needs coffee in the morning after these rides ...

The Spirit Wills

The Spirit Wills
I came to race
Spirit, Mind and Body
Evansville is the place

Triathlon with my friends
We all like to race
Swim, bike and run we enjoy the pace
Put aside the fears and give them no space

The start arrives and in to the water we slide
To the first buoy swimmers on all sides
Elbows high and let it fly
Several buoys yet to get by

Run to T1 my bike awaits
Helmet on and out the gate
To ride fast there is no better fate
Spinning gears is a positive trait

Back in the park and out on the run
Lord provide me the strength to get this done
High fives from my friends on the course
Along with the volunteers they exhibit a powerful force

The finish line I finally see
This triathlon is to become a part of me
Like rings embedded with a tree
Each endeavor is within the very heart of me

Happy Birthday Jane

My sister Jane is having her birthday today
She was always nice to me and had something positive to say
I came along on her 12th birthday
I guess I ruined her party that day
Her mother leaving for a hospital stay

My early memory’s go back to her wedding day
I was six or seven when Gary became part of the family to stay
I remember the cars they drove and the places they lived
They seemed so far away
Yet not so far we could make it in a few hours in the car

I remember going to their house for a week in the summer to play
Every night featured popcorn and conversation of the day
Sometimes out for a movie sometimes a quiet night
Oh yes, I remember that one particular night
Sometimes little brothers are a terrible sight

I always looked forward to those stays
Still visit Jane’s in much the same way
Now with my own kids we go there to play
Out to the beach or just sitting in the sun
I can’t think of to many things more fun

Jane I hope you enjoy your special day
Maybe out for a nice meal and p…

Alzheimer’s & Cardiac Index

Interesting article yesterday printed in the USA Today about Alzheimer’s and it’s relation to Cardiac Index (the ability of your heart to pump blood). Basically speaking it was tying the lack of blood supply to the brain as a cause of the disease. Having both of my parents pass away with ALZ makes me keen to know what causes it, and how to prevent it. To read the article see:
http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/2010-08-03-heartbrain03_ST_N.htm

My mother’s case was different than my father’s so I know it can be a vexing problem to find a solution to. However, in my father’s case the above problem seems very directly related. He had a heart attack, and later heart bypass surgery. He was not one for exercise in general, but he was never really overweight though. A couple of years before he passed away he had a brain scan that showed his brain was shrinking in size. Another symptom mentioned in the article.

Considering the combined facts of an aging population, lack of a solid …