Standing, Still – Chapter 9

As I got stronger, I began to get tougher physical therapy assignments. I literally had not stood on my own for over a month. Each day, I’d roll out to the elevator, and go downstairs for physical therapy. The initial exercises were pretty easy. Flexing my feet, raising my lower leg, or even wiggling my […]

Breathe – Chapter 7

  Peace was my intake nurse at Mt. Vernon hospital. She was friendly, but very business-like as she got all my vital signs recorded. She was very competent, but I could tell she was very stressed out at the same time. I wasn’t sure whether it was my condition, or just her workload. Every nurse I’ve […]

Rough Ride – Chapter 6

The next morning, I woke up, and saw the orderly putting my clothes and other items into a bag. They told me I was being transferred to a rehabilitation hospital on the other side of the county. While being in critical care was difficult, at least it was less than 5 miles from the house. […]

Shattered – Chapter 5

When I woke up in the hospital, I had been moved from the main emergency room to a side area. It must have been a full 24 hours later, because my wife was next to the bed. She had driven back home from North Carolina as fast as she could. I asked about the kids, […]

Dazed and Confused – Chapter 4

My mind was reeling as I tried to figure out what had happened.  I was lying on my back, looking up at the sky through the opening in my helmet. I could feel some scrapes on my hands and arms, even though I was wearing gloves and a jacket…..and a searing pain was running down […]

Hitting the Wall – Chapter 3

Throughout the Spring and early Summer of 2014, I spent my spare time practicing riding my Honda around the neighborhood. I had a full-face helmet, riding gloves, an armored jacket, heavy jeans and riding boots – having all the right equipment was important to me. I also watched a lot of videos and spent time […]

Adjusting to the new “Normal.” – Chapter 15

By the end of December, I was allowed to drive short distances, and was released back to work. Driving was something that I had sorely missed over the past few months. It’s strange to think that I was so dependent on it. Being able to drive on my own was a huge step in my […]

Mid-Life Crisis – Chapter 2

When I was in my early 40’s, I was probably having what you would call a ‘mid-life’ crisis. Lots of people go through a phase where they’re bored, in a rut, or wanting to try things that hey hadn’t done before. I’ve always loved to try new things – and usually, the faster, the better.  […]

Get Out the Door! (the book)

I’ve never thought of myself as an athlete, and to look at me, you wouldn’t think so, either. In 2012, I was 51 years old, 80 lbs overweight, depressed and dealing with a ton of personal challenges. By 2014, I went from being a complete couch potato to achieving several goals that would be the envy of […]

Party All Night Long

This past weekend, I ran in the DC Ragnar Relay. What is a Ragnar Relay? It’s a 200-mile relay with up to 12 runners on a team. Each runner completes a leg from 3-8 miles of varying difficulty….and the run continues through the night for about 36 hours of non-stop craziness. Weather? Doesn’t matter. Fatigue? Get […]