About

I renewed my interest in bicycling in November, 2010.  My main purpose was to develop the skills and confidence to ride my bike for fun and fitness.  Since then I have logged close to 700 miles, met new friends, seen new places and enjoyed the experience of traveling at “Bike Speed” – read my post “Welcome to Bike Speed” to learn more about that phrase.

I also took up riding as therapy to control some of the symptoms that began when I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in January 2010.  A great deal of research has proven the benefit of exercise – particularly cycling – on controlling this illness.  I have become an advocate for Parkinson’s research and recently had the privilege of participating in the “Ride With Larry” in South Dakota.

When not riding, I enjoy travel, writing, reading, and time with family and friends.  My wife, Laura, and I have been married for 36 years.  We have two married children and are expecting the birth of our first grandchild very soon.

I am employed by the National Restaurant Association and assist major restaurant companies with programs to develop their managers and staff.

As the current President of the Clan MacAlister Society, I share information about my Scottish Heritage and can often be found attending Scottish Highland Games around the country.

I hope that you enjoy my articles.  See you on the trail at “Bike Speed,”

John

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