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CAF/Ossur amputee run clinic

This is kind of old news but in case you hadn’t heard, I was profiled in the May issue of Triathlete Magazine! I was pretty excited last month when I finally saw a paper copy of my interview at the Bike Boutique:

I'm in a magazine!

It was my first big interview with a tri magazine so I was pretty stoked. Here is a digital copy of it (click on it to make it bigger):

It’s about my other career as a certified prosthetist and involvement with teamTBB, and a bit about the work I did at several prosthetics clinics in Thailand and the Philippines while I was at training camps. I’ve missed working in this field and so last weekend took a little trip up to NYC (site of the just-announced US Pro Ironman Championships next year!). The Challenged Athletes Foundation and Ossur (the prosthetic foot company that makes those cool carbon fiber sprinting legs) were sponsoring a running clinic for lower-limb amputees so I thought I’d go check it out.

It also gave me the chance to catch up with Carolina, my best friend from when we lived in Dallas. We were both a little miserable there but managed to escape. ;) Here we are in a clash of outfits as she was heading off to watch a polo match while I went off to the run clinic!

Twinkie & Brownie reunion!

At the run clinic, I got to catch up with some familiar faces: Dr. Bob Gailey who wrote a bunch of chapters in our prosthetics textbooks, Peter Harsch who is also a certified prosthetist and an accomplished age grouper Ironman athlete, and Sarah Reinertsen who I met back in 2004 before I headed off to grad school (first woman to do Kona with a prosthetic leg). If you watched The Amazing Race on TV back in 2006, you might recall that Peter & Sarah competed on a team together!

the advanced group doing some run drills

It was so cool! There were about 5 little kids, 10 adults who wanted to try running for the very first time, and another 10 adults who were very active and put in the “advanced group”.

magic running legs

I got to help Peter run the advanced group and give them some of my best running tips. I even told them about my magic running sticks. ;) At the end, all the groups got together to do a relay race on an obstacle course!

Kaela just received her first running leg from CAF

There were plenty of photo ops with CAF celebrities. Always an inspiration!

Kaela & family with Sarah

I plan to head back up to NYC on August 7th as the NYC Triathlon will be hosting the Paratriathlon National Championships!

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