Category: Running/Cycling

  • January 30, 2013: Blood, Sweat, and Fears

    The day, like almost every Monday, starts with a blood test. As soon as we get to the hospital, blood is drawn from Stella’s port and tested by the lab to see if she is strong enough for the day’s treatment. Occasionally, low blood cell counts have caused the cancellation of the day’s chemo. While […]

  • January 9, 2013: Every Step

    By this point tomorrow, thousands of runners — including my friends from the Bet Shemesh Running Club — will be running in the Tiveria Marathon. In all likelihood, they will be very cold, very wet, and struggling to breath as they attempt to run 42.2 kilometers under very difficult conditions. Let me give you one […]

  • November 19, 2012: The Ride — Im Tirtzu (If You Believe)

    So now I must try and find the words to describe the ride… but I don’t know if it’s possible to describe how it felt and what this ride meant to me, and to Stella. When I rode the last kilometer through crowds of people cheering me on and screaming “Go Stella’s Army!” to beating […]

  • November 15, 2012: Why Do You Need to Do Such a Crazy Stunt?

    And so my friends, it all comes down to this….. Well, not exactly. The truth of the matter is that we have already succeeded beyond the average person’s wildest dreams. (I have some really wild dreams. There is nothing I would say is beyond my wildest dreams.) Between sponsorship of the ride and Stella’s Army […]

  • November 7, 2012: Rain Delay

    Both my crew and I were very prepared and excited for the big ride tomorrow. I got over a stomach bug and Trep was still in despite a nasty crash and falling on his knee. So while earlier in the week, the status of the ride was uncertain, we had reached the two day countdown […]

  • October 25, 2012: It’s Not about the Bike, It’s about Stella

    I have been getting quite a few e-mails from cyclists who want to join my ride from Mount Hermon to Neve Daniel. While I really do appreciate the desire to help out, let me give an explanation and then an alternative. Riding from the Golan into the Bekaa at night is dangerous. Luckily for me, […]

  • October 12, 2012: My Wife Has Cancer — I’m Going for a Bike Ride

    We moved to Israel seven years ago to “live the dream” of a better life for ourselves and our children. And for six years, with fulfilling jobs and a wonderful community, our lives did indeed feel dreamlike. And then the dream went dark. It all started when the Doctor said: “It’s definitely cancer.” My wife […]

  • October 10, 2012: Battle Plans

    The language surrounding cancer is nasty. It’s worse than Klingon. After awhile, you get sick of hearing words like Tumor, Carcinoma, Disease. Even the chemo drugs have nasty sounding names. Our Doc told us about one drug that goes by the name Zometa. Fine for the U.S., but in Israel they needed a fast name […]

  • September 25, 2012: Cancer Roller Coaster

    I got one thing wrong last year. I thought that the whole cancer experience was like a long, dark night. We had to just focus on “reaching the dawn,” waiting for the sun to finally rise and restore our lives to what they were before cancer blotted out the light. But now I know it’s […]

  • September 10, 2012: Ultra-Marathon

    Even before the actual race, I would have given the Yar Huravit Ultramarathon at least an eight out of ten for sheer insanity. It was a total of 51 kilometers. It took place along a very technical trail. Think lots of big rocks with the trail constantly twisting and turning, climbing and falling. And it […]