Knee Update, Big Climb, and Duathlon Nationals

First things first… The knee is progressing quite nicely. I had an outstanding physical therapy session yesterday and while I am only 11 days post op, I am responding as though I am four weeks out. I did great on the bike and elliptical then also did the leg press, box jumps, single leg bounding, and some lateral stepping with a resistance band. I need to report back to PT once next week and once the following week but am free to do everything but run. Running may take about 1-2 weeks, which I’m fine with.

That also means that I have the green light to do Big Climb Philly tomorrow. This is a charity stair climb that I registered for a while ago. Participants will “race” up 41 flights of stairs in Philly. The event benefits the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I’m psyched I can keep this one on the calendar.

And lastly, how is this for the ultimate FU to cancer? Last year I raced an event of some kind at the conclusion of each of my four rounds of chemo. These events included a couple of 5Ks, a duathlon, and two half marathons.  Today I found out that my 3rd place age group finish in the duathlon qualified me for a spot at the Duathlon National Championship this summer in Oregon. I’m not making the trip, but simply qualifying under those conditions is all I need. So… FU cancer.

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New Mindful Chatter Post

Come check out my Mindful Chatter piece this week for Movement Sports. 3 Keys to a Happy Season.

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Successful Knee Procedure & IRONMAN Foundation

I’m delivering two nuggets for the price of one this morning. First is the good news that my menisectomy went very well yesterday. It was very short and sweet, as anticipated. Secondly, as most of you know, I’m racing IRONMAN Lake Placid 70.3 in September with The IRONMAN Foundation. IMF raises funds and provides community support for the various host cities where IRONMAN events are held.

The media folks at IMF are also featuring me throughout the year via social media posts. Every Monday, I provide them with a blurb to be used on Facebook, Insta, and Twitter. As we get closer to September, their coverage will pick ups and they will follow me even closer throughout the race. So, if you get the chance, check IRONMAN Foundation on the various social channels. And in the meantime, here is our post from yesterday.

  • im_foundationEvery Monday we hear from #TeamIMF Athlete Stephen Brown, and this week’s update is full of important perspective:

    “Greetings team!! I have something new to share today. Last week’s training once again included my own workouts as well as those for the Team in Training athletes that we coach. The twist this week is that I had arthroscopic knee surgery this morning to repair a moderately torn medial meniscus.

    DCCD60DD-131C-41AD-A316-F30B37C919B2Ortho guru Dr. Kevin Freedman of the Rothman Institute marked his territory and less than 15 minutes later, he was all done. While I will undergo a few PT sessions, I am otherwise free and clear to resume activity. Translation = I’ll take it easy this week but will then be back full steam. So… little to zero interruption to life or training. While I may have a couple of issues or “opportunities” that I manage in my life (knee surgery, leukemia, etc) my blessings and good fortunes far outweigh my issues 1,000 to 1. A little perspective and gratitude go a long way.” @remissionmansteve .

    #raceformore #ironmanfoundation#TeamIMF #im703LP #ironmantri@ironmantri #kneesurgery #triathlete

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Meniscus Surgery

So, here is the deal. I’ve kept quiet on this until I knew what I was dealing with and had clear direction. I’ve had left knee pain for about 6 weeks now. While the pain is starting to lessen, it’s not healing at the rate it should be. I saw the king of ortho, Dr. Kevin Freedman of The Rothman Institute who ordered X-rays and an MRI. The MRI clearly showed a meniscus tear and cyst. This is actually a good thing as everything else looked great and my knees are apparently younger than I am. Dr. Freedman’s exact words were, “whatever you’re doing, keep doing it”.

The repair of a torn meniscus will be short and sweet with a very quick recovery period. This will put be back  as good as new with minimal interruption to life or training. Dr. Freedman actually did the same surgery on my other knee  in 2008. Back then I was on the bike in a week and running two weeks post op. That was almost 10 years ago. No doubt we’ll be even quicker this time. To say that I’m in really good hands is the understatement of the century. Surgery its scheduled for Monday, May 1st. I’ll keep you posted.

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Forever Young Radio Interview

Last week I did an interview for Forever Young Radio. We chatted about life, family, cancer, and triathlon. Come give it a listen.

Click HERE to listen.

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WCHE Radio Interview

I recently sat down with Tom Kramer of WCHE radio in Philly and chatted it up about all things multisport, life, and cancer. Give it a listen.


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Buddha Didn’t Wear a Bib

Here is the first submission of my blog column Mindful Chatter for Movement Sports Magazine.

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My New Philly – Organic Living Interview

Here is a recent interview I did with Trisha Graybill for Organic Living on My New Philly.

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Stay Tuned for Some New News

Many of you might recall that I used to write and edit for a regional endurance sports magazine called Liberty Sports Magazine. We had built up a nice print and online following but due to shifting priorities and a rapidly changing print media landscape, we opted to take a little hiatus.  There was little doubt in my mind that the creative driving force(s) behind this media  concept would eventually retool, regenerate, and return; bigger and better than before.

We’re baaaaaaaack!!

Look for the launch soon of a robust endurance sports media outlet featuring a video channel, heavy social media presence, a digital monthly magazine, with even more surprises in the pipeline. This will be your one stop source of information for all things multisport.

Stay tuned!!!

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Diagnosis Anniversary

Well here we are again… another February 24th. On this day in 2006 my wife and I sat in the office of an oncologist we had just met as we tried to wrap our heads around the diagnosis he had given me: chronic lymphocytic leukemia. This is the one date that is imprinted on my brain more so than any other disease related date. More than my remission dates. More than my relapse dates. My initial diagnosis date of February 24th, 2006 will never be forgotten.

But I’m not here to dwell on anything negative and I’ll be brief. I bring this up simply to acknowledge its relevance in our lives and to stand tall knowing that I continue to fight the good fight and I continue to win. 11 years of living with a chronic cancer has taught me a lot. It’s taught me a lot about myself, about disease and drugs. It’s taught me a lot of about life and how it is in a constant state of change and movement. Nothing ever sits still. It ebbs and flows. You’re on top of the world one minute and then you may bottom out the next. It stinks, and then it’s awesome again. A giant pendulum constantly swings back and forth and brings us all along for the ride. Understanding and accepting that as a universal truth is ¾ of the battle. The ability to savor the highs and buckle up for the lows is the key to a peaceful existence.

Steve Run ChemoBut I’ve also learned that with the right perspective and mindset you usually end up on top. And if lived with an open heart and an open mind, this life is pretty stinking unconditionally awesome – without question. I never rolled over with this disease. I figured out ways that I could make this disease work for me and not against me. And while it is a “disease” and it is a vicious adversary, I think I’ve done a pretty good job of finding silver linings and making it count for something. I think I’ve found ways and reasons to turn my relationship with the adversary into something positive.

To everyone who has touched my heart along the way of this journey, thank you. To all of the caregivers and professionals who have cared for anyone in this community, thank you. To the warriors who are no longer with us, you didn’t “lose” this fight. You made an indelible mark in this word and dealt blows against the disease. The world may have lost you but you didn’t lose the fight. We’ll carry the torch and forge on with you, for you, and because of you and you will forever be with all of us.


Happy 2/24. Life is good.

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