CIVILIAN STUFF: Radial Keratotomy (RK) corrected vision to 20/20 in 1978. Pilot Experience/Ratings: FAA commercial pilot, instrument rated, single engine land and sea, multiengine land, glider; Certified Flight Instructor, CFII, CFMEI, airplane single and multiengine instrument; Remote Pilot (drones -- small Unmanned Aircraft Systems); Attorney – Washington and Alaska; represented aviation clients in litigation arising out of more than 100 aircraft (fixed wing and helicopter) accidents throughout the United States and in Canada, Mexico, Peru, Venezuela, Colombia, Haiti, the Bahamas, Italy, England, Australia, New Zealand, Pakistan, the Maldives, South Africa, Papua New Guinea and on the High Seas; Certified Public Accountant – Washington.
RUNNING: 15 marathons (two Boston Marathons) – 15th marathon on July 4, 2018.
CANCER: I hate cancer. My mother and father died fighting the good fight -- but that was over 25 years ago, and the progress that has been made in treating cancers since then has been remarkable. Both my wife and I are fortunate -- we have survived cancers due to the past generosity of others in developing treatments for cancer. I have survived three types of cancers, resulting in four surgeries, chemotherapy and radiation treatments -- each time giving me a new lease on life. But the war on cancer is not over, not by a long shot. I am grateful to have the opportunity to make the physical effort to get into shape to join my classmates on this quest if our efforts encourage our friends to contribute to Providence Cancer Institute so that it may continue its research to develop cures for the many types of cancer.
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I had da Vinci robotic surgery to remove a benign tumor on my heart in the summer of 2017. For my rehab (which was minimal since the robotic surgery does little tissue damage – similar to arthroscopic surgery), I met our Classmate John Disosway and Sylvia (his wife – lovely girl, French, veterinarian) in Porto, Portugal to walk a portion of the Camino de Santiago (Portuguese coastal route) from the Portuguese/Spanish border to Santiago de Compostela in Northern Spain, where the remains of Saint James the Apostle are kept in the magnificent cathedral church. John had knee replacements a couple of years ago for both of his knees --which has motivated me to do the same. I broke my knee cap in the Air Force, but no surgery at that time. In 1992 my orthopedic surgeon rebuilt my left knee. I took up cycling and distance running as my rehab. My Team photo shows that I currently use knee supports, but I have scheduled double knee replacements for November 13 — my orthopedic surgeon (same doctor who rebuilt my left knee) will give me cortisone injections in both knees at the end of July in preparation for the HTC – but then I must wait at least three months before the knee replacements.
NOTE: it's fun to see the emails flying back and forth between Team members helping each other to get ready ... despite the knee supports, Clark "warmed up" for the HTC by running yet another marathon ...
Yesterday I celebrated the 4th of July by registering for a marathon near Portland, Oregon (Sauvie Island). I was satisfied with the outcome. First two miles at a 9:45 pace. First five miles at my target pace averaging 10 minutes per mile. I then went to the run-walk method advocated by Jeff Galloway. 10:20 average pace at the 10-mile marker. I then began feeling the feedback in the knees and calves. At 13.1 miles (halfway), I realized that I might not finish unless I slowed way down. My goal was to finish the marathon. I wasn’t trying to qualify for anything or to set a PR. I essentially shuffled the next 13.1 miles, enjoying the scenery. Second half was “ugly slow’, but I crossed the finish line – mission accomplished – 26.2 miles, my 15th (and final) marathon. Takeaway: I am optimistic that I will be able to run my three legs at HTC averaging 10:00 ...
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