On August 20th 2016 I plan to be on the starting line of the SeaPaddleNYC, a 25 miles race, circumnavigating Manhattan on a Stand Up Paddle board.
I am embarking on a physical and mental journey that will take me from very low point in my physical fitness to be able to participate in one of the premier Stand-up Paddleboard events in the world. A WPA sanctioned specialty event, SEA Paddle NYC is a powerful fundraising event that has attracted surfers, stand up paddlers and watermen from all corners of the globe
After picking in August 2015 at the Transrockies where I ran 58 miles and climbed nearly 9,000 ft, I recently started taking a new cancer medication which suppresses my disease effectively but had a tremendous negative impact on my physical fitness, almost similar to what I endured post chemotherapy and radiation.
This challenging endurance event takes participants from under the Brooklyn Bridge, heading north up the East River, into the Harlem River, then down the Hudson River, finishing at Chelsea Piers Marina. It’s all done for a good cause, to raise funds and awareness for my non profit Supportersize and motivate and inspire fellow survivors to incorporate physical activities in their healing process.
For the next ten months I will blog about the journey and inevitable highs and lows, not unlike living with cancer. Living with the disease is not about the “event” but rather learning how to go through the daily challenge to maintain normal life, forget cancer and stay in the moment, overcome the physical and mental tests and be there for our family and the people who care about us.