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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Miami Man Aquathlon-Warm-up Race


 "I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions." -Stephan Covey

I begin my race planning in the winter during my off season. The Miami Man National Championship race was one of the first ones I put on my calendar. The Miami race was going to be the perfect way to end a season that started with the Winter Triathlon in St Paul in February.

I had trained for 16 weeks to be ready for aqua bike/ long distance triathlon race on Sunday. Just two weeks before the race a aquathlon race was added on Saturday.

It is hard for me to pass up a race, when I am going to be in the area anyway.  I had nothing planned for Saturday so I thought why not. It would be a chance to see the swim and run course.  The swim and run would be half the distance of the Sunday race. So it seemed like a nice chance for a warm-up.

This would be my second aquathlon race of the season, meaning if I finished I would be eligible to be nationally ranked.  In the grand scheme of things it may not mean much, just a mental trick to get me out racing.  My other aquathlon race had been at the national championship in Austin Texas where I finished 9th in my age group.  I claimed a spot to the ITU World Championship in Fyn Denmark in July.

The race course in Miami will be used next year for the Aquathlon National Championship.  For that reason alone I would have expected a few athletes to sign up. Next year the Miami race will be a multi-sport festival with aquathlon, long course duathlon, aqua bike and long course triathlon.  Aquathlon has not really caught on yet, but maybe with moving the race to Miami next year will help.

Everything about this race was low key. We were told to bypass packet pick-up and go to the race director trailer at 9 am. When I got there they were not ready.  Once I picked up my packet I wondered over to transition.  The race would not be wet-suit legal so set-up was pretty easy.  This would be my longest swim without a wet suit. My longest was 1000 meters in Cozumel at the ITU world championship.

There would only be about 20 of us doing the race. We all got a small box to put our run stuff in. I stood around visiting with the other athletes and my feet were getting bitten by fire ants. I put on an extra pair of socks and decided I would swim in them because I remember from last year the swim exit was full of sharp stones.

I walked over to transition and watched while the course markers were being pulled into place by kayaks. I got to listen to a Canadian complain about Trump and the U.S health care system. There seems to be no escape from politics anywhere

It was soon time for the start and I lined up in the back of the pack.  The course is on a small lake in  Larry and Penny Thompson Park. For the race on Sunday it would be two loops. Today we would do one.  The swim was uneventful. I was one of the slower swimmers as usual. I don't seem to get much faster no matter how hard I work.

The run would be a few loops around the Lake and part of the Miami Zoo. There were so few of us on the run I even saw a fox.   The run was supposed to be 6.1 miles but one of the athletes told me his GPS said 6.8. I felt really strong on the run.  I even passed up a few people on the run.  I was racing as a PC athlete, so I did not really had any competition.  I finished and I had fun. It seemed to be a good decision to do a warm-up race.  This race was my insurance race in case things did not go well in the Sunday race. I was glad I did it.

Since the race I checked the national rankings for aquathlon and I am ranked 8th. So now I feel like it was even more worth it.

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Chris Wodke
Founder & Manager Team CMT
www.run4cmt.com

Chris is a triathlete and long distance runner. She is a three time participant of the Boston Marathon.  In 2012 she finished 2nd at Boston in the Mobility Impaired Division. She was on the course in 2013 when the bombs exploded.

She has appeared three times at the Paratriathlon National Triathlon Sprint Championship. She was the 2012 and 2014 National Champion Paratriathlon Open Division Champion.

In 2014 she was the PC Open Champion at the Duathlon National Championship and at the Aqua bike National Championship in 2016. She represented Team USA at the Aquathon ITU World Championship in Chicago in 2015 and at the World championship in Cozumel in 2016.  

 In 2014 she represented the U.S. as a paratriathlete at the Pan-American Triathlon Championship in Dallas, Texas.  She has won state championships in cycling and triathlon as a senior Olympian. In 2017 she placed 2nd in her age group at the Winter Triathlon National Championship, earning a spot on Team USA for the World Championship.

She travels around the country raising awareness of CMT.

She is the author of the book, “Running for My Life” that details her experience as a CMT affected athlete.

You may visit her author page at:
http://www.amazon.com/Christine-Wodke/e/B00IJ02HX6

Team CMT is a group of athletes and supporters working to raise awareness and to find a cure for CMT. We have 212 members in 38 states. We also have members in Australia, England, Scotland, Canada, Vietnam, Turkey, Finland, Scotland, France, Poland, Iran, Norway and Sweden. If you wish to join us visit our web site; www.run4cmt.com or www.hnf-cure.org

CMT or Charcot-Marie-Tooth is the most commonly inherited peripheral neuropathy. It affects over 155,000 Americans (as many as MS).  It is a disease of the nerves that control the muscles. It is slowly progressive, causing loss of normal function and or sensation in the lower legs/feet and arms/hands.

Symptoms include; muscle wasting in the lower legs and feet leading to foot drop, poor balance and gait problems Atrophy in the hands causes difficulty with manual dexterity.

Structural foot deformities such as high arches and hammer toes are common.

Poor tolerance for cool or cold temperatures and many people have chronically cold hands and feet.

Additional symptoms may include fatigue, sleep apnea, breathing difficulties and hearing loss.

Additional Link
Follow CMT affected Paratriathlete Timmy Dixon
http://cmtamputee.wordpress.com/

Follow CMT Author Chris Steinke
https://cmtandmesite.wordpress.com/2017/01/30/what-is-charcot-marie-tooth-disease/


Keywords: Running, Running and CMT, triathlon, triathlon and CMT, athlete and CMT, cycling and CMT, paratriathlon, challenged athlete, Team CMT, Running for My Life-Winning for CMT. Hereditary Neuropathy, Charcot-Marie-Tooth.
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Sunday, December 10, 2017

Salad Sunday- Broccoli Cranberry Salad


1 bag broccoli coleslaw with shredded carrots
2 avocado's sliced
1 pomegranite, seeds removed
1/2 cup cherry flavored dried cranberries
1/2 cup golden raisins
1/4 cup sunflower seeds

Dressing
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons lime juice
1 tablespoon honey

Combine all the vegetables in a large bowl. Mix together all of the dressing ingredients. Pour over salad and toss. Sprinkle the sunflower seeds on the top.

Serves 6

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Chris Wodke
Founder & Manager Team CMT
www.run4cmt.com

Chris is a triathlete and long distance runner. She is a three time participant of the Boston Marathon.  In 2012 she finished 2nd at Boston in the Mobility Impaired Division. She was on the course in 2013 when the bombs exploded.

She has appeared three times at the Paratriathlon National Triathlon Sprint Championship. She was the 2012 and 2014 National Champion Paratriathlon Open Division Champion.

In 2014 she was the PC Open Champion at the Duathlon National Championship and at the Aqua bike National Championship in 2016. She represented Team USA at the Aquathon ITU World Championship in Chicago in 2015 and at the World championship in Cozumel in 2016.  

 In 2014 she represented the U.S. as a paratriathlete at the Pan-American Triathlon Championship in Dallas, Texas.  She has won state championships in cycling and triathlon as a senior Olympian. In 2017 she placed 2nd in her age group at the Winter Triathlon National Championship, earning a spot on Team USA for the World Championship.

She travels around the country raising awareness of CMT.

She is the author of the book, “Running for My Life” that details her experience as a CMT affected athlete.

You may visit her author page at:
http://www.amazon.com/Christine-Wodke/e/B00IJ02HX6

Team CMT is a group of athletes and supporters working to raise awareness and to find a cure for CMT. We have 212 members in 38 states. We also have members in Australia, England, Scotland, Canada, Vietnam, Turkey, Finland, Scotland, France, Poland, Iran, Norway and Sweden. If you wish to join us visit our web site; www.run4cmt.com or www.hnf-cure.org

CMT or Charcot-Marie-Tooth is the most commonly inherited peripheral neuropathy. It affects over 155,000 Americans (as many as MS).  It is a disease of the nerves that control the muscles. It is slowly progressive, causing loss of normal function and or sensation in the lower legs/feet and arms/hands.

Symptoms include; muscle wasting in the lower legs and feet leading to foot drop, poor balance and gait problems Atrophy in the hands causes difficulty with manual dexterity.

Structural foot deformities such as high arches and hammer toes are common.

Poor tolerance for cool or cold temperatures and many people have chronically cold hands and feet.

Additional symptoms may include fatigue, sleep apnea, breathing difficulties and hearing loss.

Additional Link
Follow CMT affected Paratriathlete Timmy Dixon
http://cmtamputee.wordpress.com/

Follow CMT Author Chris Steinke
https://cmtandmesite.wordpress.com/2017/01/30/what-is-charcot-marie-tooth-disease/


Keywords: Running, Running and CMT, triathlon, triathlon and CMT, athlete and CMT, cycling and CMT, paratriathlon, challenged athlete, Team CMT, Running for My Life-Winning for CMT. Hereditary Neuropathy, Charcot-Marie-Tooth.
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Monday, December 4, 2017

Tyrenna Beer Run



"Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going." - Jim Ryun

You would think I was a beer drinker from all the beer runs that I do. I'm not, but I like to try different courses. It keeps my running fresh.

I had a 13 mile training run on the agenda to get ready for my race in Miami.  This race would be in Lake Mills a small town about an hour west of Milwaukee. I've been to Lake Mills twice for triathlons and once on a trip to do some genealogy research. Some of  my Wodke ancestors settled in Lake Mills and are buried in the Lutheran Church cemetery in Lake Mills.

I had to be at ski patrol training the day after the race, near Lake Mills so the race seemed to be a good fit for my schedule. There would be a lasagna dinner and music after the run so it sounded like a good time.

Race day on November 4th was 33 F and lightly raining. I had to pick up my packet by 8:30. There two races; a half barrel of 13.1 miles  and my 1/6 barrel race of 4.36 miles.

The half barrel race went off first with an hour wait for the start of my race. So I used that time to get in 90 minutes of running before my race.

The only way I would be out running on such a lousy weather day is because I had a race. I previewed part of the course. Lake Mills is really a very quaint mid-western town. I enjoyed my pre-race run.

I had done a long bike of 4 1/2 hours the night before the race and after 90 minutes of running my legs were tired.

I did not have much left for the race.  The course had just a couple of hills and a short run near Rock Lake which borders the town.  My time of 43:05 put me in 5th. Kind of like a gentleman's C, adequate but not distinguished.  If I had been in the 60-64 category, I would have taken 3rd.
So  I guess I have something to look forward to.

After I crossed the finish line, I ran for another hour to finish up about 13 miles.  My race in Miami would be the next weekend.

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Chris Wodke
Founder & Manager Team CMT
www.run4cmt.com

Chris is a triathlete and long distance runner. She is a three time participant of the Boston Marathon.  In 2012 she finished 2nd at Boston in the Mobility Impaired Division. She was on the course in 2013 when the bombs exploded.

She has appeared three times at the Paratriathlon National Triathlon Sprint Championship. She was the 2012 and 2014 National Champion Paratriathlon Open Division Champion.

In 2014 she was the PC Open Champion at the Duathlon National Championship and at the Aqua bike National Championship in 2016. She represented Team USA at the Aquathon ITU World Championship in Chicago in 2015 and at the World championship in Cozumel in 2016.  

 In 2014 she represented the U.S. as a paratriathlete at the Pan-American Triathlon Championship in Dallas, Texas.  She has won state championships in cycling and triathlon as a senior Olympian. In 2017 she placed 2nd in her age group at the Winter Triathlon National Championship, earning a spot on Team USA for the World Championship.

She travels around the country raising awareness of CMT.

She is the author of the book, “Running for My Life” that details her experience as a CMT affected athlete.

You may visit her author page at:
http://www.amazon.com/Christine-Wodke/e/B00IJ02HX6

Team CMT is a group of athletes and supporters working to raise awareness and to find a cure for CMT. We have 212 members in 38 states. We also have members in Australia, England, Scotland, Canada, Vietnam, Turkey, Finland, Scotland, France, Poland, Iran, Norway and Sweden. If you wish to join us visit our web site; www.run4cmt.com or www.hnf-cure.org

CMT or Charcot-Marie-Tooth is the most commonly inherited peripheral neuropathy. It affects over 155,000 Americans (as many as MS).  It is a disease of the nerves that control the muscles. It is slowly progressive, causing loss of normal function and or sensation in the lower legs/feet and arms/hands.

Symptoms include; muscle wasting in the lower legs and feet leading to foot drop, poor balance and gait problems Atrophy in the hands causes difficulty with manual dexterity.

Structural foot deformities such as high arches and hammer toes are common.

Poor tolerance for cool or cold temperatures and many people have chronically cold hands and feet.

Additional symptoms may include fatigue, sleep apnea, breathing difficulties and hearing loss.

Additional Link
Follow CMT affected Paratriathlete Timmy Dixon
http://cmtamputee.wordpress.com/

Follow CMT Author Chris Steinke
https://cmtandmesite.wordpress.com/2017/01/30/what-is-charcot-marie-tooth-disease/


Keywords: Running, Running and CMT, triathlon, triathlon and CMT, athlete and CMT, cycling and CMT, paratriathlon, challenged athlete, Team CMT, Running for My Life-Winning for CMT. Hereditary Neuropathy, Charcot-Marie-Tooth.
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Sunday, December 3, 2017

Soup Sunday- Chinese Dumpling Soup





Today's soup is a variation on hot and sour soup.  I got the dumplings in the frozen food section of a local Asian grocery story. I have seen these in my neighborhood grocery store.

The rest of the ingredients are all available from your local grocery store. I used turkey broth for this recipe. You can substitute any broth and get a good result.

Chinese Dumpling Soup

4 ounces mushrooms sliced
4 cups turkey bone broth
16 ounces of prepared dumplings or pot stickers ( I used chicken stuffed dumplings)
1 carrot shredded
1 bunch green onions chopped
1/4 cup rice vinegar or white vinegar
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon grated ginger
1 teaspoon crushed red peppers


Add  broth to soup pot. Add the mushrooms, vinegar and ginger. and bring to a boil. Turn down to a simmer. Add the dumplings and cook for 5 minutes. Add the green onions, sugar, carrots, and red pepper flakes.  Makes 6 servings

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Chris Wodke
Founder & Manager Team CMT
www.run4cmt.com

Chris is a triathlete and long distance runner. She is a three time participant of the Boston Marathon.  In 2012 she finished 2nd at Boston in the Mobility Impaired Division. She was on the course in 2013 when the bombs exploded.

She has appeared three times at the Paratriathlon National Triathlon Sprint Championship. She was the 2012 and 2014 National Champion Paratriathlon Open Division Champion.

In 2014 she was the PC Open Champion at the Duathlon National Championship and at the Aqua bike National Championship in 2016. She represented Team USA at the Aquathon ITU World Championship in Chicago in 2015 and at the World championship in Cozumel in 2016.  

 In 2014 she represented the U.S. as a paratriathlete at the Pan-American Triathlon Championship in Dallas, Texas.  She has won state championships in cycling and triathlon as a senior Olympian. In 2017 she placed 2nd in her age group at the Winter Triathlon National Championship, earning a spot on Team USA for the World Championship.

She travels around the country raising awareness of CMT.

She is the author of the book, “Running for My Life” that details her experience as a CMT affected athlete.

You may visit her author page at:
http://www.amazon.com/Christine-Wodke/e/B00IJ02HX6

Team CMT is a group of athletes and supporters working to raise awareness and to find a cure for CMT. We have 212 members in 38 states. We also have members in Australia, England, Scotland, Canada, Vietnam, Turkey, Finland, Scotland, France, Poland, Iran, Norway and Sweden. If you wish to join us visit our web site; www.run4cmt.com or www.hnf-cure.org

CMT or Charcot-Marie-Tooth is the most commonly inherited peripheral neuropathy. It affects over 155,000 Americans (as many as MS).  It is a disease of the nerves that control the muscles. It is slowly progressive, causing loss of normal function and or sensation in the lower legs/feet and arms/hands.

Symptoms include; muscle wasting in the lower legs and feet leading to foot drop, poor balance and gait problems Atrophy in the hands causes difficulty with manual dexterity.

Structural foot deformities such as high arches and hammer toes are common.

Poor tolerance for cool or cold temperatures and many people have chronically cold hands and feet.

Additional symptoms may include fatigue, sleep apnea, breathing difficulties and hearing loss.

Additional Link
Follow CMT affected Paratriathlete Timmy Dixon
http://cmtamputee.wordpress.com/

Follow CMT Author Chris Steinke
https://cmtandmesite.wordpress.com/2017/01/30/what-is-charcot-marie-tooth-disease/


Keywords: Running, Running and CMT, triathlon, triathlon and CMT, athlete and CMT, cycling and CMT, paratriathlon, challenged athlete, Team CMT, Running for My Life-Winning for CMT. Hereditary Neuropathy, Charcot-Marie-Tooth.
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Monday, November 27, 2017

Team CMT Members Win National Titles

Team CMT members at Miami Man Triathlon
It's the fight alone that pleases us, not the victory." -Blaise Pascal

On November 12th Team CMT members Joy DeCaro Perry and Chris Wodke competed in the Miami Man Triathlon in Miami Florida.

The race was a National Championship for Aqua Bike and Long Course Triathlon.  Joy competed in the Aqua Bike race which was a 1.2 mile swim and 56 mile bike. Chris completed in the Long Course Triathlon which added a 13.1 mile run to the swim and bike distances.

It was a challenging day with 20 mph winds and 88 degree heat. These types of conditions can be tough for any athlete, much less one with Charcot-Marie-Tooth.

Just finishing a race under these conditions is a victory. Both athletes raced in the Physically Challenged Division, each taking 1st place.

So Team CMT has two National Champions. The race is also a qualifier for the International Triathlon Union World Championship race in Fyn, Denmark.

Chris already qualified for the race in Denmark in Aquathlon at the National Champsionship in Austin, Texas. Aquathlon is a swim and running race.

We were both proud to be racing in Miami and raising awareness of CMT.  Chris also used the race as a fundraiser for CMT programs and research.

You can donate at:

https://hnf.donorpages.com/TeamCMT/ChrisWodke/

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Chris Wodke
Founder & Manager Team CMT
www.run4cmt.com

Chris is a triathlete and long distance runner. She is a three time participant of the Boston Marathon.  In 2012 she finished 2nd at Boston in the Mobility Impaired Division. She was on the course in 2013 when the bombs exploded.

She has appeared three times at the Paratriathlon National Triathlon Sprint Championship. She was the 2012 and 2014 National Champion Paratriathlon Open Division Champion.

In 2014 she was the PC Open Champion at the Duathlon National Championship and at the Aqua bike National Championship in 2016. She represented Team USA at the Aquathon ITU World Championship in Chicago in 2015 and at the World championship in Cozumel in 2016.  

 In 2014 she represented the U.S. as a paratriathlete at the Pan-American Triathlon Championship in Dallas, Texas.  She has won state championships in cycling and triathlon as a senior Olympian. In 2017 she placed 2nd in her age group at the Winter Triathlon National Championship, earning a spot on Team USA for the World Champsionship.

She travels around the country raising awareness of CMT.

She is the author of the book, “Running for My Life” that details her experience as a CMT affected athlete.

You may visit her author page at:
http://www.amazon.com/Christine-Wodke/e/B00IJ02HX6

Team CMT is a group of athletes and supporters working to raise awareness and to find a cure for CMT. We have 212 members in 38 states. We also have members in Australia, England, Scotland, Canada, Vietnam, Turkey, Finland, Scotland, France, Poland, Iran, Norway and Sweden. If you wish to join us visit our web site; www.run4cmt.com or www.hnf-cure.org

CMT or Charcot-Marie-Tooth is the most commonly inherited peripheral neuropathy. It affects over 155,000 Americans (as many as MS).  It is a disease of the nerves that control the muscles. It is slowly progressive, causing loss of normal function and or sensation in the lower legs/feet and arms/hands.

Symptoms include; muscle wasting in the lower legs and feet leading to foot drop, poor balance and gait problems Atrophy in the hands causes difficulty with manual dexterity.

Structural foot deformities such as high arches and hammer toes are common.

Poor tolerance for cool or cold temperatures and many people have chronically cold hands and feet.

Additional symptoms may include fatigue, sleep apnea, breathing difficulties and hearing loss.

Additional Link
Follow CMT affected Paratriathlete Timmy Dixon
http://cmtamputee.wordpress.com/

Follow CMT Author Chris Steinke
https://cmtandmesite.wordpress.com/2017/01/30/what-is-charcot-marie-tooth-disease/


Keywords: Running, Running and CMT, triathlon, triathlon and CMT, athlete and CMT, cycling and CMT, paratriathlon, challenged athlete, Team CMT, Running for My Life-Winning for CMT. Hereditary Neuropathy, Charcot-Marie-Tooth.

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Sunday, November 26, 2017

Soup Sunday-Curried Pumpkin Soup


 It seems like I have not posted in ages. First I was training all the time for my 1/2 Iron distance triathlon race.  Training for a race like that did not leave much time for blogging.

After my race was done in mid November my computer decided to crash.  I did not have a PC for a week.  The hard drive had to be replaced. The tech did a scan to recover what he could, but that meant days of going through scanned files to organize everything.

So I am back to writing.    I've published this recipe before, but it is a great one to repeat at this time of year.   I had some pumpkin puree and chicken broth in the freezer, so this was easy to through together.  I changed up the spices just a bit this time. The original recipe called for Thai red curry. I changed that up to a French Masalacurry blend called Vadouvan from The Spice House here in Milwaukee.  They have a web site www.thespicehouse.com

I also added Turmeric since it goes well with curry powder and is so healthy.

Curried Pumpkin Soup

1 lb baby bella mushrooms sliced
4 tablespoons butter melted
2 tablespoons all purpose flour
2 cups chicken broth
2 cups pumpkin puree ( 15 ounce can)
1 can ( 12 ounces) evaporated milk
1 tablespoon curry spice blend ( Vadouvan French Masala Curry)
1 tablespoon turmeric powder.

Melt the butter in a soup pot. Add the mushrooms and cook until they are soft.  Add the flour and spices.  Add the broth, pumpkin and evaporated milk. Salt and pepper to taste.

Makes 6 servings.


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Chris Wodke
Founder & Manager Team CMT
www.run4cmt.com

Chris is a triathlete and long distance runner. She is a three time participant of the Boston Marathon.  In 2012 she finished 2nd at Boston in the Mobility Impaired Division. She was on the course in 2013 when the bombs exploded.

She has appeared three times at the Paratriathlon National Triathlon Sprint Championship. She was the 2012 and 2014 National Champion Paratriathlon Open Division Champion.

In 2014 she was the PC Open Champion at the Duathlon National Championship and at the Aqua bike National Championship in 2016. She represented Team USA at the Aquathon ITU World Championship in Chicago in 2015 and at the World championship in Cozumel in 2016.  

 In 2014 she represented the U.S. as a paratriathlete at the Pan-American Triathlon Championship in Dallas, Texas.  She has won state championships in cycling and triathlon as a senior Olympian. In 2017 she placed 2nd in her age group at the Winter Triathlon National Championship, earning a spot on Team USA for the World Champsionship.

She travels around the country raising awareness of CMT.

She is the author of the book, “Running for My Life” that details her experience as a CMT affected athlete.

You may visit her author page at:
http://www.amazon.com/Christine-Wodke/e/B00IJ02HX6

Team CMT is a group of athletes and supporters working to raise awareness and to find a cure for CMT. We have 212 members in 38 states. We also have members in Australia, England, Scotland, Canada, Vietnam, Turkey, Finland, Scotland, France, Poland, Iran, Norway and Sweden. If you wish to join us visit our web site; www.run4cmt.com or www.hnf-cure.org

CMT or Charcot-Marie-Tooth is the most commonly inherited peripheral neuropathy. It affects over 155,000 Americans (as many as MS).  It is a disease of the nerves that control the muscles. It is slowly progressive, causing loss of normal function and or sensation in the lower legs/feet and arms/hands.

Symptoms include; muscle wasting in the lower legs and feet leading to foot drop, poor balance and gait problems Atrophy in the hands causes difficulty with manual dexterity.

Structural foot deformities such as high arches and hammer toes are common.

Poor tolerance for cool or cold temperatures and many people have chronically cold hands and feet.

Additional symptoms may include fatigue, sleep apnea, breathing difficulties and hearing loss.

Additional Link
Follow CMT affected Paratriathlete Timmy Dixon
http://cmtamputee.wordpress.com/

Follow CMT Author Chris Steinke
https://cmtandmesite.wordpress.com/2017/01/30/what-is-charcot-marie-tooth-disease/


Keywords: Running, Running and CMT, triathlon, triathlon and CMT, athlete and CMT, cycling and CMT, paratriathlon, challenged athlete, Team CMT, Running for My Life-Winning for CMT. Hereditary Neuropathy, Charcot-Marie-Tooth.

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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Lake Front Discovery Run-Getting Ready to Race



"I Am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of the decisions I make". - Stephan Covey

As an athlete I have to be ready to race under all conditions.  When preparing for a really important race I have to train in all conditions because anything can happen with the weather.

I raced in 90 degree heat for the Boston Marathon, swam in big waves for an aqua bike this summer and have raced many times in sub-zero temperatures. The wind chill was -20 F at the National Championship for Winter Triathlon last January in St. Paul.

On the last Saturday in October I was signed up to race 5 miles in the Lake Front Discovery run.   This race was a late edition to my schedule because it was added to the championship series for my running club.

I had the lead in the club championship in my age group and wanted to be sure I held it.  I am not the fastest runner in the club, just the fastest one that has signed and shown up for the races.

I had a big day planned for race day. My training plan said to run 14 miles. I had also decided to do my long bike ride of 60 miles on the same day. I wanted one training week to have  a really high training load to see how my body responded. I wanted to be sure I was ready for the long distance triathlon National Championship in Miami on November 11th. That race would be a 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike and 13.1 mile run. If I could get through the workout I knew I would be ready. A training day like this would make me confident going into the Miami race.

So I was up at 6 am on a Saturday. I did an hour of cycling on the trainer. Then it was off to the race venue. It was 33 F and lightly raining. The winds were gusting 15- 20 mph. Not a great day to be outside. 

The Discovery Run had two race distances, a 15 K and the 5 mile which I would be doing. I thought they both started at 9 am.  The 15 K went off at 9 am and then there was an hour wait the 5 mile would start.

I warmed up by running for 65 minutes.  I would line up and do the race, then do a cool down to finish up my 5 miles.

The biggest challenge of the day would be to get my clothing right. I always tend to wear too much and then get hot. Doing such a long pre-race warm up, would help me get that right. Mentally it is a challenge for me to get out and run in this kind of weather. It was a big mental boost for me to be doing such a long run on a day that was this nasty.

I did run for 65 minutes, adjusted my clothing and lined up for my race. The plan was to just do it at an easy pace, like any long distance training run.

The course was along Milwaukee's lakefront, with the start and finish in Lake park. It followed a similar course to two other runs I did in the park this summer.

The course has a big down hill at the beginning and a big up hill near the end. Despite the early morning bike and pre-race run, I felt strong. I cruised along, choosing to pass a couple of women I thought might be in my age group.

There was one water stop and I did not pause, I grabbed a cup of water, squeezed the top of the paper cup and drank as I ran. I lost out on a 3rd place finish in a race this summer by 3 seconds because I dawdled at a water stop.

Before I knew it I was in the last quarter mile. I had passed a women that looked my age in the last mile. Now I heard steps behind me. I sped up to put her behind me.

I went out and did my cool down run for a total time running of 2 hr 35 minutes. When I checked my time posted at the race site, I found out I had finished 1st in my age group. I had beat the 2nd place women by 11 seconds. It was nice to be on the right side of things for a change. I had not expected to do so well since the race was fairly large. I think many of the faster runners were in the longer race.
I got the wonder pumpkin shown in the picture for my award. I was really happy that after an hour of cycling and over an hour of running, I was strong enough to beat the other seven women in my age group.

The after party was fun with music and beer. I met many of my running friends and did a bit of socializing until I could pick up my award.  I heard the party went well into the late afternoon, but I had to get back to training.

I went home and biked for another 3 hours on the cycle trainer to round out my training day. I was a little tired and sore.  I bounced back the next day with no injury. I am ready for the National Championship race and the challenge of doing my first 1/2 iron distance triathlon.  It was a really fun and challenging day. I am glad I was equal to the challenge of the weather, the race and the training.

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Chris Wodke
Founder & Manager Team CMT
www.run4cmt.com

Chris is a triathlete and long distance runner. She is a three time participant of the Boston Marathon.  In 2012 she finished 2nd at Boston in the Mobility Impaired Division. She was on the course in 2013 when the bombs exploded.

She has appeared three times at the Paratriathlon National Triathlon Sprint Championship. She was the 2012 and 2014 National Champion Paratriathlon Open Division Champion.

In 2014 she was the PC Open Champion at the Duathlon National Championship and at the Aqua bike National Championship in 2016. She represented Team USA at the Aquathon ITU World Championship in Chicago in 2015 and at the World championship in Cozumel in 2016.  

 In 2014 she represented the U.S. as a paratriathlete at the Pan-American Triathlon Championship in Dallas, Texas.  She has won state championships in cycling and triathlon as a senior Olympian. In 2017 she placed 2nd in her age group at the Winter Triathlon National Championship, earning a spot on Team USA for the World Champsionship.

She travels around the country raising awareness of CMT.

She is the author of the book, “Running for My Life” that details her experience as a CMT affected athlete.

You may visit her author page at:
http://www.amazon.com/Christine-Wodke/e/B00IJ02HX6

Team CMT is a group of athletes and supporters working to raise awareness and to find a cure for CMT. We have 219 members in 39 states. We also have members in Australia, England, Scotland, Canada, Vietnam, Turkey, Finland, Scotland, France, Poland, Iran, Norway, Sweden and Ireland. If you wish to join us visit our web site; www.run4cmt.com or www.hnf-cure.org

CMT or Charcot-Marie-Tooth is the most commonly inherited peripheral neuropathy. It affects over 155,000 Americans (as many as MS).  It is a disease of the nerves that control the muscles. It is slowly progressive, causing loss of normal function and or sensation in the lower legs/feet and arms/hands.

Symptoms include; muscle wasting in the lower legs and feet leading to foot drop, poor balance and gait problems Atrophy in the hands causes difficulty with manual dexterity.

Structural foot deformities such as high arches and hammer toes are common.

Poor tolerance for cool or cold temperatures and many people have chronically cold hands and feet.

Additional symptoms may include fatigue, sleep apnea, breathing difficulties and hearing loss.

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