Stories of Triumph, World Transplant Games 2019 episode 03 – gift of life and gratefulness
Day three. It was my first day waking up in a time zone eight hours ahead of my previous time zone (Arizona). For anyone who has traveled, the first day waking up is when jet lag hits the hardest. Fortunately, I had pushed through the day before to exhaust my body in order to get a full night’s rest. My goal for day three was to find a bicycle mechanic to make fine-tuned adjustments to my bike. Like all great adventures, my goal did not succeed. In fact, I can verifiably say that I rode in circles for 90 minutes covering 18 kilometers. Although I found the mechanic’s, they wanted to charge 25 pounds for their “bronze service” to turn a wrench on my bike a few times. It seemed like overkill so I turned around to find my way back getting stuck in loops of roundabouts as an American who isn’t quite used to roundabouts would and who barely knows the streets and who is trying to navigate the streets while listening to a GPS voice that itself is trying to catch up with the curves in the road. It was a blast.
After an afternoon nap, I was able to go to a local gym and take a spinning class (I teach a spinning class in Arizona so it was fun to compare notes), then do some core and weights, followed by a swim. The ride to the gym was also scenic.
But the sunset after the workout was even better.
Enjoy today’s podcast (see link) above and consider giving the gift of life where you live by becoming a donor, getting involved with your local transplant organization, and contacting the World Transplant Games Federation (WTGF.org) for more information on the World Transplant Games Federation.
My three flights were blissfully uneventful and I had two airplane seat mates who helped keep the conversation live. On my flight from Atlanta to Amsterdam, I sat next to an ex-military guy on his way to the Middle East to check on something with a private company. Why is it that ex-military guys seem to have to have extremely vague and vaguely fascinating lives? On my short flight from Amsterdam to Newcastle, I sat next to an American guy who just graduated from a university in Virginia who was on his way to study medicine in the United Kingdom.
Upon my arrival I was met by Lynne Holt who is a transplant coordinator who is the person who coordinates organs from the deceased to those who are waiting for organs. Lynne is a worldwide leader in transplant sports as a former board member for the WTGF and Team Great Britain Team Manager.
My number one goal during my first day in Newcastle was to build my bike that I had deconstructed and put into my bike box. See the process below unfold.