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Friday, September 9, 2016

Thoughts on Rio


"Challenges are what make life interesting, overcoming them is what makes life meaningful." - Joshua J Marine

Anyone who has read my book, knows that I set a goal of making the para-triathlon team for Rio.
Along the way I challenged myself and took risks.

I had hoped I would be able to make it through classification  to qualify and that has not happened yet. I am hoping after Rio the ITU will take a look at the system and make it more accessible for those with conditions like CMT.

Right now those that can classify in, can't make the time standard to get into qualifying races, and those like myself are deemed not impaired enough.  When I met with ITU classifiers last year in Chicago I made the case for restoring neuro conditions in its own category and to allow athletes like myself to compete.  I was told they will be looking at the entire system after Rio.

I once read somewhere that "God has you right where he wants you."  So although next week I will not be in Rio, I will be in Cozumel competing at the age group World Championship for Aquathlon.  I qualified for this race at the Aquathlon National Championship in El Reno, Oklahoma.

I will even be wearing a Team USA uniform and marching in an opening ceremony. I am not sure what God's plan for me in all of this, I just have to trust that I am right where he wants me and trust it is all part of his plan for my life.

Cozumel will be a challenge. I will have to do two swims in open water without a wet suit. In addition to the aquathlon, I will be racing as a physically challenged athlete in a sprint triathlon. The first swim will be 750 meters and the second a 1000 meters. I've practiced in the pool so I know I can do it physically. It will be a mental challenge since the wet suit is my big security blanket.

I know many of the ladies of the Team USA para-triathlon team competing next week in Rio.  I've met them and raced with them in Chicago, New York, Austin and Tempe. They are great athletes and will represent the US well. So Ally, Grace, Elizabeth, Melissa and all the others be safe and have a great race! I am so proud of all of you and proud to have met you all.  I hope you have the time of your lives!

So even though I will be in Cozumel instead of Rio, I am going to embrace both the experience and the challenge!
*************************

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. She represented Team USA at the Aquathon ITU World Championship in Chicago in 2015 and will represent the US 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.

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 198 members in 37 states. We also have members in Australia, England,Scotland, Canada, Vietnam, Turkey, Finland, Scotland, France, Poland,Iran 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/

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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Thursday, September 8, 2016

A Busy Week

Medals Wisconsin State Championship Senior Olympics


" I have no intention to 'hang in there or survive'. I intend to keep living a purposeful productive life and do what I love".  - Steve Gleason former NFL player diagnosed with ALS

I am keenly aware of in a sense living on borrowed time. When I was diagnosed with CMT I knew I was so very lucky to be able to run, and bike. Many with CMT would never dream of being able to enter a race of any kind.

I know I am really blessed to not only be racing but to still be somewhat competitive. CMT is a progressive disease.  As an athlete I can see what the disease has taken.  Every race is timed.  I remember the time when I was almost assured a medal at a race.  I know some day the time might come when I can't run or won't be able to compete in races.

That day is not quite here and I treasure every race I am able to do.  My athletic career is not over yet and this year I have been racing lots and loving it.  This last week was a busy one for races.

First up on August 30th and 31st was the Senior Olympics Wisconsin State Championship. The first day for be a 10 K time trial and a 20 K road race. The next day would be a 5 K time trial and a 40 K road race.

When I had coaches they would never let me do both days of races. Since I am now self coached I decided to indulge and do both days of racing.

The race course is in a local county park and the course is closed to traffic.  There were only about 60 racers, most of them men.  Over both days there were just two in my age group.

The time trials are really a great way to get into racing. We lined up by gender and age. Women and oldest first. Once racer started every 30 seconds.  I lapped the other women in my age group during both TT's. I finished the 5 K in 10:07 and the 10 K in 19:58.

The road races were an interesting experience. Last year I was closely matched with one of the other women. We were able to draft for the entire road race.  I was kind of in the middle this year. I lapped a few of the slower women and got lapped by the lead group of men.  I did hte 20 K in 41:08 and the 40 K in 1 hr 27.    On the second day it was windy and I was a bit tired and was still able to average 16.6 mph over the long course.

This was good practice for my A race Aquabike Nationals. I will probably end up riding by myself in that race. A long ride on my own is good mental training.  It was just a couple of days of fun racing and seeing friends, even if my coaches would not have approved.  Ever race is just a celebration that I am still active.

The 5th race of the week was the Sugar River Triathlon in Bellville, Wisconsin.  I got free entry into this race due to the course error that got me disqualified earlier in the year.

I needed a 2nd triathlon finish to qualify for the National Senior games next year.
This race is part of the Wisconsin Triathlon Series. All of the races have been in small towns in Wisconsin in the town park.

As I started the swim I could feel my body was a little tired.  I sometimes have a little anxiety at the start of the swim. I stopped about 100 yards in to rest with my face out of the water. That is sometimes when my fear takes over and I think about dropping out.  I thought about everyone that knew I was doing the race and I did not want to tell them I had dropped out. I was able to settle down and get through the swim.

The bike course was really hilly. At the bike races I started working on a more aero position on the bike. Before I had really sat pretty much straight up. Now I am in a tuck position and I had an improved time on the bike of 58:34 minutes for 16 miles.

I just did an easy run  and came in at 29:37, good enough for 3rd place in my age group. I beat the 2nd place women in the bike and the run.  I need a bit more improvement in the swim. My overall time of 1:44:20 also qualified me for para-triathlon nationals next year and I got me triathlon finish to qualify for the National Senior Games in Birmingham next June.  I was also happy because my time was much faster than the 1 hr 52 I had on a easier course earlier in the year.

It was a tiring week, but fun and very productive. I had four 1st place finishes and one 3rd. No time to rest because I will be off to Cozumel in a few days for two races including the World Championship for Aquathlon.

*******************************

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. She represented Team USA at the Aquathon ITU World Championship in Chicago in 2015 and will represent the US 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.

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 198 members in 37 states. We also have members in Australia, England,Scotland, Canada, Vietnam, Turkey, Finland, Scotland, France, Poland,Iran 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/

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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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Olympian 10 K State Championship



" A person who chases two rabbits, catches none." - Confucius

Interesting things seem to happen to me in races.  The Olympian race held in Racine on August 13th was no exception.

This was really a race within a race.  It was the first year for this and it was also the Wisconsin State Championship for the Wisconsin Senior Olympics or the Geezer Games as I like to call them. It is the qualifying event for the National Championship next year in Birmingham.

There were two events, a 5K and a 10 K. I thought there would be less competition in the 10 K so I signed up for that race.

The 10 K race would start first and follow the 5 K course for about 2 miles and then continue on.

About 40 of us lined up for the start of the10 K. It was sunny in the mid 80's and humid.
The race director went over the course directions and she lost me after about the 5th turn.

As the group took off, I said to the runner next to me...."They're going out too fast. I thought I would reel more than a few of them in during the last few miles.

I cruised along at an easy pace. I planned on doing the race as an easy run. I got to a turn and pointed to the right and a police officer motioned me to go left.

The course was beautiful, run mostly in parks along Lake Michigan. There was not another runner in site. That is unusual for me. I am a middle of the pack runner or a bit higher.

As I ran along I started passing walkers wearing t-shirts that said "Faith and Fitness". They must have been a church group out for a group event. I called greetings out to many of them. One told me I was in the lead. I told her there was a pack ahead of me.

A minute or so later, a police officer on a mountain bike cruised up beside me and spoke into his radio that he had the lead runner.

He would go on to tell me that most of the runners turned the wrong way on the course and did the 5K instead. So not only was I the lead female runner, I was the lead runner. I now had my own police escort.  It was nice to have company and since he had a radio I had the blow by blow on the race.

When I got to the 4 mile water stop I think the volunteers were glad to see me since I was their first customer of the day. I was carrying a water bottle and told them I wanted to fill it. They offered to do it and Mr. Police officer offered to bring it to me if I wanted to keep running.

I could get used to that kind of service. It was nice to have his company all the way to the finish.  The race director had the wrong turn runners, do the 5K course twice. When I was directed the wrong way in a triathlon this year, I was disqualified. I just can't seem to get the right end of these situations
I heard the combined total was only 5.8 K not the normal 6.2 K

I think my course was long since I finished in 1 hr 5 minutes. In any case I won my age group and finished 3rd among all the women.  My time was not good enough to qualify me for the National Games. There is now a pretty tight time standard.  I am the State Champ which is good enough.

I was a bit over-scheduled that weekend. I went to a Brewer's baseball game on Friday night. Did this race followed by a 20 mile bike ride. Saturday night I had a high school reunion and I had to do packet pickup and rack my bike for a Sunday triathlon.

I woke up Sunday morning and did not feel well. I had lost my voice and felt like I was getting a cold.  So I decided to skip the triathlon.  Just too much for one weekend.

*************************

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. She represented Team USA at the Aquathon ITU World Championship in Chicago in 2015 and will represent the US 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.

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 198 members in 37 states. We also have members in Australia, England,Scotland, Canada, Vietnam, Turkey, Finland, Scotland, France, Poland,Iran 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/

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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Friday, August 26, 2016

Fair Friday- Mature Skin Lotion



I have adapted another recipe from the latest issue of the magazine Willow and Sage.  I use it for fine lines around my eyes,  The beeswax makes it a pretty stiff product, I take a bit out of the jar and rub it between my hands to soften the mixture. I then apply to my laugh and smile lines at night before I go to bed.

2 tablespoons beeswax pellets
t tablespoons almond oil
1/2 tablespoon raw honey
2 tablespoon rose hip seed oil
3 drops lavender essential oil
3 drops vitamin C serum
3 drops rose oil
Glass jar ( 2 oz.)

Combine the beeswax and almond oil in a pint glass jar. Put into a saucepan filled with water. The water should be high enough to cover whatever mixture is in the jar. Beeswax is flammable so never heat it directly. Once the beeswax is melted, remove from the heat to cool a bit. Add the honey and continue to stir so the product does not seperate.  Add the oils. Keep stirring until the mixture begins to get thick. When it starts to turn white, pour into the jar. Store in a cool and dark place.

************************

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. She represented Team USA at the Aquathon ITU World Championship in Chicago in 2015 and will represent the US 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.

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 196 members in 37 states. We also have members in Australia, England,Scotland, Canada, Vietnam, Turkey, Finland, Scotland, France, Poland and Iran. 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/

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, August 22, 2016

Race Report- Double Header


"Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible and suddenly you are doing the impossible." -St. Francis of Assisi

In early August I did two races in two days. My coaches would not have approved. Good thing I am self coached these days.

I didn't intend to over schedule myself.  I had so much fun doing one of the Beer Garden 5K's that I signed up for another one. This race series has been following the mobile beer garden around the Milwaukee County parks. I had forgotten how much fun it was to run a 5K race. There were at night too which was a bonus. No early morning wake-up call.  The only problem was I had forgotten I was scheduled to do the third race in a three race Aquathlon series.

Series points were on the line for the Aquathlon and I needed the open water practice in my run up to the ITU World Championship in Cozumel.  So I decided to do both events

First up was the Aquathlon on August 3rd. I had finished 3rd and 1st and I was hoping to finish 3rd overall for women in the 50-59 age group.

I planned on going easy on both the swim or run. The swim course is two loops. As I was coming around on the 2nd loop I noticed the kayak was following me.  There were swimmers just ahead of me including one woman in my age group.

As I exited the swim I asked if I was the last one out and I was told yes.  So I had to push on the run a bit to catch the woman just ahead of me. I actually moved ahead of four other athletes on the run.  Jeff Crosby sped up just as I passed him in the last half mile. I said " you just can't let a woman beat you can you"  So he said we should hold hands and finish together. They scored him ahead of me. I finished in 55:40 good enough for 3rd place in my age group.

It was still hot the evening of the Beer Garden run.  Race time temperature was  92 F.  I decided this 5 K would be a very easy run. The last run I pushed it and finished just 12 seconds out of third.  There were about 36 women in my age group so I was proud of that finish.  That plan turned out to be a good one. My hamstrings were a bit sore and I was a little tired after doing a 800 meter swim/5K run the day before.

I almost thought I had taken a wrong turn when I went through the finish line after about 20 minutes, then I realized everyone continued to run and it was just part of the course.

I crossed the finish line in 30:47, which was almost two minutes slower than the previous run.  I got my glass or root beer stretched and went home.  When I check the results when I got home I was surprised to see I had placed 3rd in my age group and I was not far out of 2nd.

So I had good races and a great time. I would not recommend doing a doubleheader.  I was not able to do really well in either race,

**********************

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. She represented Team USA at the Aquathon ITU World Championship in Chicago in 2015 and will represent the US 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.

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 196 members in 37 states. We also have members in Australia, England,Scotland, Canada, Vietnam, Turkey, Finland, Scotland, France, Poland and Iran. 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/

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, August 21, 2016

Salad Sunday- Flavors of Fajita Quinoa Salad



I had bean tostadas for dinner several nights this week. I was trying to think of a more healthy way to enjoy the flavors of Mexican cooking. I came up with this salad that has lots of the same flavors of fajitas.  I sprinkled the chicken breast with fajita seasoning when I baked it.  I used a mixture of both red and white quinoa.  It turned out to be a really beautiful and tasty salad.

1 cup quinoa cooked
1 (15 ounce) can black beans
1 (2.5 ounce) can sliced olives
1 large mango chopped
3 Roma tomatoes, chopped
2 avocados, chopped
1/4 of large white onion chopped
2 cups of chopped roasted chicken (sprinkle with fajita seasonings)
2 cups prepared salsa
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
1 teaspoon crushed red peppers

Put the cooked quinoa, beans, olives, mango, tomatoes, onions and avocado in a large salad bowl. Mix well to combine all the ingredients.  To make the dressing for the salad, combine the olive oil, salsa, cilantro, and crushed red peppers. Pour over the quinoa mixture and mix to coat the entire mixture. Chill

Serves 6


*******************

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. She represented Team USA at the Aquathon ITU World Championship in Chicago in 2015 and will represent the US 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.

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 196 members in 37 states. We also have members in Australia, England,Scotland, Canada, Vietnam, Turkey, Finland, Scotland, France, Poland and Iran. 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/

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Friday, August 19, 2016

Fair Friday-Apple Cider Vinegar for Your Health



Apple cider is great for your health and it has uses beyond cooking.   To get the greatest benefit, be sure to buy an unfiltered kind like Bragg's organic raw apple cider vinegar.  It is unpasteurized and unfiltered. Both add to the health benefits from the pro-biotics present which aid digestion. Other benefits include:

  • Lower Cholesterol- A study where rats were fed apple cider vinegar had a significant reduction of the bad cholesterol LDL.  LDL has been linked to increased risk of heart attack.  There was also an increase in the good cholesterol HDL.
  • Help with Diabetes-  apple cider vinegar may improve insulin sensitivity in diabetics and reduce blood sugar levels.
  • Leg Cramp Cure- Add two tablespoons of apple cinder vinegar to a glass. It works due to the high potassium content.
  • Lower Blood Pressure- May reduce systolic blood pressure.

There are several options for using apple cider vinegar your health and beauty:

  • Hair Rinse- Use apple cider vinegar as a conditioning rinse for hair.  Pour the vinegar over your hair after shampooing and rinse. It helps to clean off product build-up.
  • Itching Skin- Apply to itching skin, rash or bug bites.
  • Treat Hiccups- Mix 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar with the same amount of warm water and gargle. This will help to soothe a sore throat.