I want to share a new project ... I just opened the pandoras box today, so now I am fully committed. Or, maybe should be committed.
If this posting is inappropriate to the forums, just delete it. I'm not asking for $$$. Just sharing my cycling adventure. Thanks ...
Here is the note I sent to my friends and associates. Very positive response thus far:
As some of you know, and some may not, I had bi-lateral knee replacement surgery on July 2, 2012. Dr. Roy Mittman was my surgeon, through Seaview Orthopedic in Ocean, NJ. The work was done at Jersey Shore Medical Center, and Zimmer prosthetics were used to completely replace the joints in both knees. Essentially, implanting metal end caps on the femur and tibia where the knee joint is, and inserting a plastic disc to function as cartilage would.
I have been steadily riding since mid-August of 2012 to recover my cycling fitness, On one of my rides, I came up with a plan to “keep the metal to the pedal”. I have started a project called the Tek-Knees Cycling Project … a real world study in bi-lateral knee replacement durability. The goal of this project is to push the limits of the knee prosthetics beyond normal use. The planned ride schedule includes climbing Mt. Washington in 2014 (on a bicycle). Doing a ride through the Adirondak Mountains of 540 miles in 2015. In 2016 I will do a Ride Across America in 15 days, which means riding 200 miles per day, 15 days straight. The training for these “main events” will include several UMCA (Ultra Marathon Cycling Assoc.) sanctioned races, and numerous RUSA (Randoneering USA) sanctioned brevet rides of between 200 k and 1200 k throughout the U.S., and abroad.
I am currently in talks with several prospective primary sponsors for this project. The discussion has been very positive, but these things take time. Stay tuned …
Currently in “base training”, on October 6, 2013 I will be riding the Bicycling Magazine Fall Classic. A ride of 91 hilly miles near Allentown, PA., to test my training thus far. November brings a RUSA 200k brevet in central New Jersey to further gauge my fitness. I will continue a winter training schedule, and begin in early spring to train and ride events building towards the upcoming "main events" on tap.
Follow me on http:// facebook.com/tekkneescycling. I am posting training ride links, information as to the progress of the project, and random posts on what my knees are telling me.
Thanks you for your time.