Wrapping up 2010
As the year comes to a close, we reflect on the progress Rob has made. Being on the CarboRocket team has definitely made a difference.
After months of work, Dave’s part of the bike is done. Like any project, there were loads of small adjustments that were needed. Rob’s helmet had to fit his headrest. Dave had to make sure the chain wasn’t rubbing against Rob’s legs or ankles. Luckily, Dave and Rob were able to start riding before the bike was completely finished.
We were hoping to have it done and under the tree Christmas morning, but like many of our goals, we are realizing that more time and patience are needed. We expect to have the bike back in a week or two. Dave will put it back together and then regular riding will begin. Currently, it’s too wet to do much biking any way.
Even though there wasn’t much riding this year, Rob’s improvement has given us so much encouragement. His first ride was less than a block. After just a few months, Rob can bike eight miles. The improvement is constant and we believe that Rob and Dave will complete the Livestrong ride in 2011. Both Dave and Rob are excited about that.
Rob continues to make progress on his goal of walking. During last week’s physical therapy session he walked 10 laps of the parallel bars in less than 40 minutes. His therapy has been extended through February because of his continuous improvement. We are thrilled about that.
We’ve also noticed an improvement in Rob’s short term memory. On weekends now, he often asks if he can ride with Dave. For someone who doesn’t always remember what month it is, that’s a big step.
So, although Rob didn’t reach his goal in 2010, we are more certain than ever that he will. We are also certain that his interest in biking will continue to motivate him.