Welcome to my MS CCSVI research fundraising blog. I am currently training for a double (ultra - 4.8 mile swim, 224 mile bike, 52.4 mile run) ironman in September of 2010 in an effort to fundraise for MS CCSVI research. You can check out my fundraiser site at http://www.microgiving.com/profile/chuck. I suggest clicking on the "About Me" tab as the MicroGiving.com templates were a little limiting so the profile page did not allow me to add all the content I wanted to add. MicroGiving.com does not keep any of the donations for administration/overhead fee. That means 100% of your donation goes directly to fund CCSVI MS research. For more information about CCSVI you can go to http://csvi-ms.net/en/content/ccsvi-huge-breakthrough-ms. Please help spread the word about my fundraising efforts. Thanks.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

7/29 Updates

It has been a crazy day... This morning my wife's sister's husband's father died when he was struck by a vehicle while riding his bike. My heart and prayers go out to his family. His accident really hits home for me as I had such an awful crash back in 2008 (concussion, broken wrist, separated shoulder, and plenty of road rash) and 2 cycling accidents over the past 2 months myself. I know I have been lucky and come out of my accidents in decent shape, but how many times can a person have an accident before it is more serious. As much as I enjoy the sport I really do not know that it is worth the risk of being on the roads with drivers who do not pay attention... I really wish Tallahassee had better trails for riding.

On the fundraiser front, the Tallahassee Democrat published an article about the fundraiser and that has already helped increase the total money raised to $1473.40. I have received feedback from people who read the article and who have made donations. Their stories touch me and their words encourage me.

I also had my appointment with Dr. Van Tassell today. He adjusted me a little and did some therapy that seemed to help my hip and knee. I am definitely planning on seeing him again next Wednesday. :)

Yesterday was a very light day. All I did was a core routine.

Today was an awesome workout day. I was able to get in 75 miles on the bike and 16 miles on the run. The last 8 miles of the run was at 7:15 pace. That is much better than the 8:15/mile that I was running earlier in the week. The Democrat article, emails with words of encouragement, and seeing the donations coming in really inspires me. It seems like I had new energy/drive knowing that people are behind me supporting my efforts.

Thank you to all who have donated and all who have emailed me. Your words and donations provide the motivation necessary for me to complete the training in preparation for the race. I can promise you that the donors and their comments are in my thoughts during my workouts. Those thoughts keep me focused and committed to my training.


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  2. I pray for you to be safe on the road, and prayers out to your extended family.