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Are We Crazy?

April 11, 2010

Since our son, Rob’s accident, we have been looking for activities he would enjoy that would help in his recovery. So, when my husband, Dave, heard about  the formation of Team CarboRocket, he asked Rob if he was interested.

“Sure,” Rob said. “I always like to bike, either by myself or with other people.”

At the time it didn’t seem crazy to apply for Team CarboRocket. We figured loads of people would apply, but it was worth a try, and we might even get some help building the bike Dave was designing. We were thrilled when Rob was selected.

When we told Rob he said, “When do I get my bike?”

Since then, Dave has spent hours on the phone, on the computer, and on his bike, working out a design for a tandem bike that will work for he and Rob.

Last weekend, Dave set up a mock up of a recumbant seat and pedals and we set Rob up for measurements and troubleshooting. As with most new ideas, it was a bit discouraging. The seat wasn’t comfortable for Rob without pedaling, while pedaling it was painful. At one point, Dave asked me, “Are we crazy to build this?”

“Yes. I think we are,” I replied. “But crazy in a good way. You need to keep working on it.”

Another week has come and gone. While other Team members are on their bikes and riding races, Rob is at Physical Therapy and Adaptive PE. This week he was able to sit on a mat by himself for a half hour. That’s a new record. He also stood in a standing frame for nearly two hours. Another record. Like his teammates, Rob has goals that will not be easy.

Are we crazy? Probably. But, when Rob announced to a group of students that he was selected as a member of Team CarboRocket, they applauded. When Dave talks about his designs and plans to other cyclists, they share their insights, ideas, and sources. Like other teammates, we get discouraged and sometimes have difficulty believing in our goal. Fortunately at those times, we find so much support and encouragement from family, friends, and even strangers that we can’t entertain the possibilty of giving up.

Thanks to Brad, Team CarboRocket, and its sponsors for supporting our dream.

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. Brett Ringger permalink
    April 11, 2010 8:19 pm

    I am proud to be on the team with Rob and applaud his goals and achievements. We are here to support you!

  2. Mary Martin permalink
    April 12, 2010 8:24 am

    Gooooo Dave n Rob! I’ll be a biking buddy when bike is ready!

  3. Lisa S permalink
    April 12, 2010 8:49 am

    I echo Brett! Your goals are truly inspirational, and I am humbled by Rob’s accomplishments thus far.

  4. dvisschedyk permalink
    April 12, 2010 9:04 am

    That’s going to be a nice looking bike. have you thought of colours?

  5. Carlyn Christianson permalink
    April 12, 2010 7:11 pm

    Of course you are crazy! Do it for the future of it, do it for the challenge–come on, none of your family ever challenges themselves enough HA–do it because why NOT? All that can happen is maybe you can fail or you can give up and so what if that happens? You’ll have tried something new and wild and CRAZY, and that is a very good thing indeed. And maybe what can happen is you can keep going and you can succeed and you can win, and jeepers, that isn’t even necessary is it? xoxoCarlyn

  6. ChristyMcB permalink
    April 12, 2010 7:51 pm

    I’m honored to be on the same team with you and the other CarboRocketeers!

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