Sunday, February 24, 2008

Marin TNT training ride: 68 miles, 5000 feet of climbing

We started with cloudy cool weather. By mile 45 and to finish, downpour with 20-30 mph winds. We still had fun.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

July 12, 2008


Climbing Palomares: First climb of our 55 mile and 4000 feet of climbing

Nancy and I traversing one of the beautiful climbs of the East Bay.  This was my first ride with Team DeathRide, 02/16/07;  I am part of the Faux Shizzle team. This is a rap term for "For Sure"; our commrade Yas thought this would be an appropriate name for completion of all 5 passes. 

Two of our Honorees for DeathRide 2008: Father and Son

2 of our Honorees

From the words of our Team Honoree Captain: KSue Duncan 

LeukemiaLeukemia is the general term used to describe four different disease-types called: 
·                     Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AML) 
·                     Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL) 
·                     Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia (CML) 
·                     Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL) 

The terms lymphocytic or lymphoblastic indicate that the cancerous change takes place in a type of marrow cell that forms lymphocytes. The terms myelogenous or myeloid indicate that the cell change takes place in a type of marrow cell that normally goes on to form red cells, some types of white cells, and platelets. 

Acute lymphocytic leukemia and acute myelogenous leukemia are each composed of blast cells, known as lymphoblasts or myeloblasts. Acute leukemias progress rapidly without treatment. 

Chronic leukemias have few or no blast cells. Chronic lymphocytic leukemia and chronic myelogenous leukemia usually progress slowly compared to acute leukemias. 

People can get leukemia at any age.  
·        In 2007, about 40,440 adults and 3,800 children were expected to develop leukemia 
·        It is most common in people over age 60 
·        The most common types in adults are AML and CLL 
·        ALL is the most common form of leukemia in children. 

Chronic Juvenile Myelomonocytic Leukemia (JMML) 

When a child has leukemia, the bone marrow, for an unknown reason, begins to make white blood cells that do not mature correctly, but continue to reproduce themselves. Normal, healthy cells only reproduce when there is enough space for them to fit. The body can regulate the production of cells by sending signals when to stop. With leukemia, these cells do not respond to the signals to stop and reproduce, regardless of space available. 

These abnormal cells reproduce very quickly and do not function as healthy white blood cells to help fight infection. When the immature white blood cells, called blasts, begin to crowd out other healthy cells in the bone marrow, the child experiences the symptoms of leukemia (i.e., infections, anemia, bleeding). 

JMML is, in some ways, similar to chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML), an uncommon leukemia in children. JMML is a leukemia in which the normal bone marrow production of cells becomes very disregulated. A preponderance of immature monoocytes, a type of white blood cell, are produced in the marrow. The marrow continues to produce these abnormal cells, which crowd out other healthy blood cells. JMML generally cause a more severe disruption in blood counts early in the disease than CML, and is not as responsive to treatment. 

The symptoms associated with juvenile myelomoncytic leukemia can occur over a period of weeks to months. 

Lymphomas·        About 63,190 new cases of non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) will occur this year in the United States 
·        About 71,380 people in the United States will be diagnosed with lymphoma this year 
·        As of 2007, an estimated 544,266 people were living with lymphoma (active disease or in remission). 

Hodgkin lymphoma and non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) are the two main types. Most people with lymphoma have one of many different kinds of NHL. About 11.5 percent of people with lymphoma have Hodgkin lymphoma. 

Lymphoma is the name for a group of blood cancers that start in the lymphatic system. The lymphatic system is part of the body's immune system - the body's defense against infection. The marrow andlymphocytes are part of the immune system. Some other parts of the immune system are the lymph nodes, the lymphatic vessels, which connect the lymph nodes and contain lymph (a liquid that carries lymphocytes), and the spleen.  

Lymphomas generally start in lymph nodes or lymphatic tissue in sites of the body such as the stomach or intestines. Lymphomas may involve the marrow and the blood in some cases.  

For more information go 

Thank you all for doing what you are doing – you are making a big difference in many peoples’ lives. GO TEAM!! 

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Yesterday, I cycled with my Team Estrogen of the Solvang Team in Training.  I am still continuing with my role of coaching for Solvang while incorporating my DeathRide regimen.  Please note the photos of our journey. We conquered 62 miles and 3943 feet of elevation. It was a sunny 60's degree with gorgeous views of the ocean along the coast before the interior of the Redwoods, farmlands, and entering the stop of San Gregorio.

Friday, February 8, 2008

Performance Testing Composition

My nutritionist/coach made arrangements for a performance testing composition. It was a two hour test: spinning on the bike, maintaining a cadence over 90 and cycling with harder gears. From this performance and blood samples of lactic acid, one can establish body composition, heart rate zones and power.  I was able to see what my numbers are now, what they would like 20 pounds lighter.  I am prime for baseline to tackle on the endurance for Deathride.  When I am not with the team, I will be focusing on medium endurance, weight training and the Deathride diet.


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Connecting to the Cause

Understanding Myeloma:

  • About 19,900 Americans will be diagnosed with myeloma this year
  • About 60, 424 people in the U.S. are living with myeloma
  • Most people with myeloma are age 50 and older
  • Americans of African descent are diagnosed with myeloma approximately twice as often as Americans of European descent.
  • People of Asian and Hispanic descent have lower rates of myeloma than other cultural groups.

Thursday, February 7, 2008


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Sunday, February 3, 2008

EVENT DAY July 12, 2008: Tour of the California Alps, aka Deathride

129 Miles
15,000 Feet of Vertical Climbing
Monitor Pass Elevation 8,314'
Ebbetts Pass Elevation 8,930'
Carson Pass Elevation 8,520'

Friday, February 1, 2008

Below sea level to 8900 feet above sea level: Ebbit's Pass, Markleeville, CA

Please note this elevation in my Death Valley Double metric ride picture, Nov. 05. Quite different from my stories forthcoming "Hills are our friends".  I wanted to let you know the type of training that I in for from TNT.  This is what I will be doing on Sat. besides Sun. recovery rides and during the week cross training.

2/2: Sort it out: 25 miles  1200 feet of climbing

2/9: House of Pain: 50 miles 1400 feet 

2/16: Palomares Norris: 54 miles 3500 feet

2/23: Buddy ride: 55 miles 4000 feet

3/8: Devil's Junction: 55 miles 4000 feet
3/15: Buddy ride: 60 miles 5000 feet

3/22: Pinehurst: 65 miles 5000 feet

3/29: 18 Hill climb: 75 miles 6000 feet

4/5:  YoYO: 70 miles 6000 feet

4/12:  Upenef:  80 miles 7000 feet

4/19:  Taste of Terrible Two: 105 miles 10,000 feet

4/26: Buddyride: 95 miles 8000 feet

5/3: Taste of the Devil: 108 miles 9000 feet

5/10: Tour of the Unknown Coast: 10,000 feet

5/17: Big Basin: 110 miles 10,000 feet

5/24: YOYO: 75 miles 7500 feet

5/31:  Buddyride: 100 miles 10,000 feet

6/6-6/8: Altitude Camp Markleeville

6/11: Mt. Diablo Repeats: minimum of 3 passes 

6/14:  YOYO: 75 miles 7500 feet

6/21: Vertical Challenge: 101 miles 11,000 feet

6/28:  Del Puerto Canyon: 105 miles 6000 feet

7/5: Taper Ride 5000 feet