Let the Extended Maintenance Phase Begin

Biking

Chemo Time

Today I rehash my relationship with chemotherapy (Temodar). It’s difficult to embrace taking chemo because it might be beneficial for me, but it could also leave me weakened and hurting.

I start chemo tonight before bed. I will take a dose double that which I took previously. I take it for five consecutive days at the beginning of every month for the next 12 months.

Cross Training

The weakness/soreness is my knee is probably from de-conditioning rather than treatments, so part of my next-phase regimen is to increase my physical activity as I enter this new phase of treatment. Yoga, weight lifting, old-school calisthenics and biking (bicycling, that is).

I haven’t been on a bicycle in… possibly two decades. I dusted off an old ten-speed this afternoon and went for a short ride through my hilly neighborhood. Let’s just say, I’ve got a lot of work to do to get back into shape. My quads got sore; my heart beat fast; I’m tuckered out. But it feels good, and it was fun. (Not as fun as the motorcycles, but better for my health.)

Riding the Dragon

Tail of the Dragon at Deal's Gap (US129), NC, 2007

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9 responses to “Let the Extended Maintenance Phase Begin”

  1. Barbara McLendon says :

    Hang in there Ken. I am praying for you.
    Barbara McLendon

  2. Nikki says :

    Ken, your humor continues to amaze me! I can imagine that the exercise is rough but I know that you will also find some good humor in getting back on the ‘ole two wheel bicycle… Heck maybe you and Tina could get one of those tandem bikes!! Now there’s a story!!
    Thinking about you all;)

  3. Andrew Clackum says :

    Getting back to the basics of anything is always healing. Keep it up,Bro!

  4. Brett Steele says :

    Hey, is that you or Zac De La Rocha in the picture with the bicycle? You’re in my thoughts and prayers, bro. Sending you much love and positive karma. Hopefully we can get together over the holiday.

  5. Julie Polstra says :

    Ken,

    It was nice to see you yesterday for lunch. I am glad that you are feeling good. Also, if you do not have a biking helmet, you can borrow Davis’ Elmo Helmet if you want. Let me know!

    Take care!

    Julie

  6. Gregg Bauer says :

    Looking forward to biking Sunday.

  7. Anonymous says :

    Thanks for your web page writeups…

    I went thru the brain operation in Atlanta just a little after you (Sept 30)
    I did Phase 2 in Bloomington IN Nov 1 to Dec 15th
    I begin phase 3 in Indianapolis on Jan 16th for the whole year
    I hope you had a great Christmas and enjoy New Years!!!

    Rusty.Phillips@amec.com

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