Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Small update

Well, nothing much new going on. I admit I haven't been riding as much as I should be. I know that I've put a lot of effort and time into building a good and reliable road bike to do the LiveStrong challenge, but haven't been out actually riding it much. I'm just a "fair-weather" rider. It's just been too cold to go and ride when I have the time. I don't have cold weather gear, and bulking up with sweatshirts and such doesn't do too much when the wind cuts right through it. Hopefully, though, the weather will warm up more, and I'll get out and ride in some different locations. Right now, I've only been riding around the neighborhood, and it's getting kinda boring. I've been to the gym a few times also, only to do cardio. But I'm finding that my right leg is still significantly weaker than my left one. This all stems back to the West Nile Virus I got back in 2003. Some nerve damage had occurred and just simply can't push my right leg as much as my left. And this is very pronounced when trying to pedal hard up a hill. So, I'm going to start doing some specific leg weight lifting to try and balance it out again. It was alright for a while, but it's starting to show up again the more I'm riding. It didn't give me any problems when just walking around, but the more I ride, the more I'm using my left leg, and the strength difference is starting to show again. The other week, a friend and I walked to a restaurant for lunch, and he noticed me limping a little bit. I knew of the strength difference, but didn't think it was noticeable. Well, I know now that it is. So I'm going to start working on that, along with everything else.

So, I've been signed up for the LiveStrong challenge for a while now, and have received my first donation. Thanks a ton, Chris. It's a big encouragement to know that people believe in me enough to make a donation. But it's not really about me, it's to help others that are in the same (or worse) condition that I was in. Now I'm going to begin requesting donations from businesses and such. Lets hope for the best, and that I can rise to the occasion.

1 comment:

Masterswimr said...

Hey Chad! Was looking at the Stage4 guestbook on the Hodge Forum, noticed you hadn't updated your sig, but I found your blog, and let me tell you, I am so happy to find a fellow Stage 4er about as long as me still doing well.

The fatique and endurance thing is about the same for me, sucks huh? So you got your port out, eh? I'm thinking about asking my onc about that next week.

Take care! Glad to see you are still free.