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Posting Date: Tuesday, February 4, 2003
Subject: My 1st Chemo Race

I always want to say sorry for my recent silence...

I have my first week of Temodar behind me and am doing well. I had the pleasure of meeting Scott Martin an hour before the first treatment as he made a business visit to the Twin Cities. I sure hope this oral chemo works its magic because the next alternative isn't as tame. Even after five days of it I was able to ski the weather-shortened City of Lakes Loppet this past Saturday. I am not sure what was the biggest impediment...Five days of chemotherapy...two days of constipation...first time on my skis this winter...

The race was shortened from a scenic 35K through the Minneapolis Parks System and chain of Lakes to a 24K all-lake race (which is not as fun and actually quite tiring). We got the 6 inches of snow we needed yesterday, a few days late. My company was a major sponsor and our Mayor was the driving force behind making it happen. As of last Monday there were 150 skiers registered. Between Thursday and Saturday there was an avalanche: They had 1000 people register! It is well on its way to being one of the prominent Urban Cross Country Ski Marathons in the world! (There aren't very many).

I know that this is just the start of chemo and it probably will get worse. But for now I am going to keep competing. If only it would keep snowing! I was working on dismantling the race and missed the awards ceremony. At it the race director apparently made some nice tribute to me about how inspiring my skiing was. Isn't it always the case that you are never there when they say something nice about you... Oh well. But he also ended the whole program by saying..."and remember that if your home or building has any heating or air conditioning needs, make sure to call Owens Companies." (or something like that.)

Three weeks to go before the 51K, brutally hilly American Birkebeiner. Hopefully my blood and scans will not keep me from it. Even though my pace is slowed quite a bit I still qualify to be in the second of 13+ waves so I need to try to defend my position for another year. Then itÂ’s back to Temodar two days later. Will keep you all posted, especially about the Birkie. If it happens, this year it will truly be an adventure.