Lately, people have commented that I must be training hard because they rarely see me anymore. Yes, I am training hard and I take it very seriously. I consider it my job. I have a full schedule of six days a week with oftentimes two workouts a day. The first of the two workouts is anywhere between two and three hours long and I end my day with the recovery session. I’m not going to get into the specifics of each workout, as they change from week to week. In addition to cycling, my workouts include weight training, swimming, core stabilization, balance training and stretching. This is what it is like to be a professional athlete and it’s what’s required to train for the Paralympic games. It’s a demanding schedule and if you add the time it takes to manage life with a disability like Cerebral Palsy, you can quickly realize there’s little time for anything else.
What most of you don’t know is that last May, my mother was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. So, in addition to taking on the huge task of training and preparing for the Paralympics, my wife and I are balancing the demands of taking care of my mother. As you may imagine, training for the Paralympics has become a bit of a blessing because it has given me and my family something else to focus on during this incredibly rough time. Initially I considered giving up my dream of competing in the Paralympics when I found out my mother had cancer, but it was a family decision not to give up because it provides hope. Life does not stop when bad things happen. So, if you wonder where I am and you haven’t heard from me in a while, drop me a line. I’m trying to stay in touch. Please remember this: I am focused, I am working hard and I am hopeful thank you for your understanding, your kind words and your ongoing support