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World Transplant Games Preparation for 2021 – #01: 10 Tips to get over 2019 World Transplant Games Blues

World Transplant Games Preparation for 2021 – #01

10 Tips to get over 2019 World Transplant Games Blues

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Dr. Z’s 10 Tips 

  1. Visualize the Games
  2. Look at your pics
  3. Talk to your friends
  4. Write a journal
  5. Plan next games and start saving
  6. Think about your performance, what can you improve
  7. Say what you are grateful for outlaid
  8. Take some time for yourself to indulge
  9. Reconnect with your life. Tell the world about your experiences.
  10. BeginTraining for next Games

What are your suggestions to get over the post-transplant games blues?

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Stories of Triumph, World Transplant Games 2019 episode 03 – gift of life and gratefulness

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.

 

Backyard Newcastle, United Kingdom

 

Bike paths, Newcastle, United Kingdom

 

Neighborhood Newcastle, United Kingdom

 

English countryside Newcastle

 

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.

Ride to the gym Newcastle, United Kingdom

 

But the sunset after the workout was even better.

Sunset in Newcastle 7 August 2019

 

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.

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Stories of Triumph, World Transplant Games 2019 episode 02 – people involved

Stories of Triumph, World Transplant Games 2019 episode 02 – people involved

After a day of flying from Tucson, Arizona to Newcastle, United Kingdom, I arrived in NewcastleGateshead to begin my preparations for the World Transplant Games organized by the World Transplant Games Federation (WTGF). I serve as a board member for the WTGF.

Tucson, Arizona USA to Newcastle, United Kingdom

 

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.

Dr. Zachary Brooks arrives in NewcastleGateshead to meet Lynn Holt of Team Great Britain

 

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.

After getting my bike, I rode around the Gosforth a suburb of Newcastle (see below).

A local church
A local church near Newcastle

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