Lessons learned from race photos, FitOldDog's first e-book, and a visit from Cook Medical for a video about my life.

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The image above, showing me fixing a flat during the Mountains of Misery Century Ride, sure reminds me of my abdominal aortic aneurysm stent, except I couldn't just replace my aorta with a new inner tube. Interesting that we (Rupert [my Cook Zenith AAA stent graft], my family, and I) were chosen by Cook Medical for a video about our life with their product. The goal of the video is to motivate their staff at the Cook Medical 50th anniversary celebration in the summer. Great idea! They sure saved my life. Thanks, Cook Medical.

Kevin and Tucker, of Blue Line Style, enjoying a quiet candlelit beer with FitOldDog and his family, prior to filming our life for the next two days, solid. Had to fit our lives into two days - interesting challenge.

IMPORTANT LESSONS FROM A PHOTO LATE IN A HARD RACE: When you reach the end of a grueling race your posture and running form revert to your underlying patterns. So look and learn. I was pleased that I am using my arms, and thus my upper body effectively, and kicking up my heels. However, you can see that my shoulders are rounded, pushing my head forward, which is not effective posture for a runner. Further more, my weight is falling on my outer foot, which caused some bruising; this is fixed by improving my posture, the means to which you can discover in our Body Awareness Videos, for sale at Viddler. Guess I need to watch the posture video yet again! However, this is much improved over a year ago.
Making an e-book was a fascinating process. I re-read my book (click this link to purchase), and to be honest, it is just what I needed when I was struggling with my AAA surgery in 2010. It took a long time to find the people and information I required to get on with my Ironman training safely and effectively. It finally paid off in our (Rupert and I) race yesterday, where I was pleased to qualify for the Ironman 70.3 Worlds Championships. Not sure what Rupert thought about, as he is the quiet silent type.

No man is an island, and I owe thanks to many people for this success. Rupert and I did it together. I'm also looking forward to seeing what the Cook Medical team made of my life in a video nutshell (3-5 minutes, from 2 days of filming).

It sure is great to be alive.
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