Today was the big day. I have been planning on this for almost a year. This is the first multi-stage event I have done. The weather forecast had not been favorable all week and we were not disappointed with nice weather. It was mid 50’s with torrential rain.
Crank the Kanc was this past Saturday. The weather was awesome! The ride went almost exactly as I had hoped and planned. Looking forward to next year!
I was supposed to participate in a 20 mile bike time trial in Hopkinton but, I am substituting Crank for Crawford for it. It is an 18.5 mile race with a 13% grade for .75 miles at the end. It should be as much fun as crank the Kanc!
The first race in the TeamTaylor season is in the books! We had a great time even though it was a little chilly. Thanks to Karen and Paul for coming down to be a part of this race. Congrats to Jan(my wife) on her first ever 5K! Next up-Rock and Race in two weeks!
April 11th is Parkinson’s awareness day. It is named in honor of James Parkinson (April 11, 1755 to December 21, 1824). He was an English physician, geologist, paleontologist, and political activist. James Parkinson was born in Shoreditch, London, England. He was the son of John Parkinson, an apothecary and surgeon practicing in Hoxton Square in London. In 1784 James Parkinson was approved by the Corporation of London as a surgeon.
On May 21, 1783, he married Mary Dale, with whom he had six children. Soon after, James succeeded his father in his practice in Hoxton Square. He believed that any wothwhile physician should know shorthand, at which he was adept. He died in London, on the 21st of December 1824.
Essay on Shaking Palsy
He is most famous for his 1817 work, Essay on the Shaking Palsy, a description of the disease which later became known as Parkinson’s Disease. The essay is often considered to be Parkinson’s greatest contribution to medicine. The 66-page octavo volume describes a series of six cases, three of whom were never actually examined by Parkinson but rather observed casually on the street. The cases differ in severity of disease and depth of observation, but Parkinson’s astute clinical descriptions capture the insidious onset and long duration of disease, asymmetry of motor signs and rest tremor, sense of weakness, flexed posture, and festinating gait. He noted the progressive disease course with increasing immobility and dependence, disturbances of sleep, speech and bodily functions, but sparing of the “senses and intellect.” In the Essay, Parkinson also discusses historical knowledge of tremor and gait disorders, possible etiologies and neuroanatomical localization, and proposed treatments.
It was Jean Martin Charcot who coined the term “Parkinson’s disease” over 60 years later.
Click on the image below and you will be taken to a page where you can read the essay if you would like.
credit: The Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences
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TeamTaylor is pleased to announce the date for our mini-golf tournament to benefit the Summit4StemCell funding project! It will be held on Saturday May 5th. The rain date is May 12th. To register please call Chuckster’s at (603) 798.3555. The cost is $20 per person for which you will receive a free ice cream, free soda, a free t-shirt and a round of golf. There will be prizes on each hole for a hole-in-one(while supplies last) and a raffle will be held after the event. ALL profits will go to benefit the Summit4StemCell funding project.
We hope to see you there!
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See you out on the road!