Archive | August, 2013

What it feels like to be quadriplegic

31 Aug

A well-written piece from a victim of a drunk driver.

And there ain’t no more !

30 Aug

I keep increasing the resistance on my FES  bike, and my legs keep responding and rising to the challenge. Today, during my sprint workout, I increased the resistance to as high as it would go, 20 Newton-meters, and increased the speed to as high as it would go, 55 rpm, and lo and behold: my legs put out 115 watts for a few seconds! I got the same result on all 5 of my sprints. I finished up with 7 minutes cool down at 40 watts. I can honestly say I never thought I would get to this point. It’s basically unheard of.

I will keep working out at least 3 times a week and try to gradually extend the length of time I can operate at this highest power level. Good times!

To all of you that helped raise funds for this device, once again I am deeply indebted to you.

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power to the pedals

25 Aug

I have been slowly increasing my power on the FES bike, but haven’t made any real gains since hitting 40 watts over a month ago.. Last Friday, I had an idea to try something new on the bike and simply increased resistance several large steps from what I had usually used. To my surprise, my legs were able to push against the higher resistance, with the result that on my second sprint I reached a new peak power of 71 watts, almost double my previous best!. Two days later, in another ride, I repeatedly hit 65 watts, so this seems to be more than a one-time occurrence. Apparently it’s rather rare for users to hit this power level, but what do I know, the end is not yet in sight!

By the way, about the arms, I found that by swinging  my arms while pedaling , I can get my heart rate up to 110 to 220 beats per minute. It will probably also strengthen my arms:  I can’t do it for more than a minute at a time without taking a break.

evening workout

16 Aug


in last night’s evening workout, I pushed my manual chair 640 m in just over an hour. slowly but surely I am getting a little bit stronger

Standing tall

11 Aug

I try to stand up using my standing chair a minimum of 1 hour per day. Some days I can only manage 20 minutes or half an hour, while other days I can exceed for one hour mark. But yesterday I set a new record: I stood for three and a half hours! This was not all in one go, but spread over 25 times standing.I thought I might be completely worn out today, but I’m off to a good start again. Maybe my body is slowly getting used to the idea of standing.