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A press article went out last week in the official Facebook page of RUN4, the bionic Runner inventor:

"This weeks story is on Glen Lebeau. Glen is a lifelong runner. He is addicted to running. But what would you do if you were Glen and in a heart beat it's all taken away? Here's Glen's story.

“Athletics was part of my education,” says Glen Lebeau, 37, who grew up in France. “There was training every Wednesday, with a chance to discover all the events, including pole vault.”
But the event Glen loved most was running, which became his passion for the next three decades.“I loved the cross country season, in winter in France,” he says.And he competed hard, at the national level in the 800 meter run, until he was 18. He was hardly ever injured, but once, at 17, when he pulled a hamstring during the 400 meter hurdles, he finished the race on one leg!

Although his studies kept him from further competition at that level, his passion for running never left him. “Running is just part of me,” Glen explains. “If I have issues, I go for a run and I always come back with solutions and ideas. Running is freedom for me: you have a good sensation, you run fast; you struggle, you slow down. You choose your own pace.”A challenge with yourself’

After leaving behind the competitive racing world, Glen found new ways to love running as he competed with himself.“Running is a challenge with yourself – this is you against the time, not you against anyone else,” he says. Glen’s toughest competition with himself was France’s elite-level Santélyon race, when he ran 68 kilometers in wintertime, taking eight hours and 40 minutes to finish.

But running has also brought him plenty of delight. He fondly remembers a run in Miami Beach on a hot day where the weather came to his rescue.“There was a mini-storm,” he says. “The temperature was very high, but the natural showers made my run beautiful and easy. I loved it!”

After moving from France to Sydney, Australia, Glen found that he lived close to the city’s Olympic Park – so close he didn’t need to drive there.“I just take my shoes and go,” he says.

Three knee surgeries later
But Glen truly learned how much he loved running when it was taken away from him. A motorcycle accident tore the ligaments in his right knee and also injured his ankle, stopping him from running at all.“My motorbike accident is the first major injury I am facing,” he says. His posterior cruciate ligament was completely broken, and the anterior and medial cruciate ligaments were also damaged. Three surgeries haven’t completely fixed the trouble.

“Since I’ve been in Australia, five years now, the weather and lifestyle have always encouraged and pushed me to play outdoor sports. Of course, this includes running,” Glen says. “I used to run 19 kilometers to work once a week before my accident in 2014, but I haven’t run since then due to my injured knee.”

Bionic Runner to the rescue
Frustrated by the loss of running in his life, Glen sought an alternative. Fortunately, he found a good one. After seeing an ad in a running magazine, Glen contacted the Bionic Runner’s inventor, Steve Cranitch, directly. “I was the third person in the world to purchase the Bionic Runner in a Kickstarter project,” Glen says. The Bionic Runner is the only product available that lets him run with no impact at all, says Glen.

Even though he can’t yet run while recovering from his most recent knee operation, Glen has recaptured what he fondly calls the “running sensation” because of the “amazing product” he’s found.
And although he hasn’t yet been able to combine Bionic Running training with regular running to see how well they supplement each other, he has first-hand evidence that they pair perfectly.
“My wife is using it and she keeps saying it’s harder than running and she loves it!” Glen says.“The Bionic Runner is the only way to get this running sensation back with no impact to my knee,” Glen says. “You feel the passion the owner put in it when he designed it.”

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Official link: https://www.facebook.com/bionic.runner/posts/1237836799567170:0


Bionic runner feedback

Feedback: WOW !!! This is really running sensation. 

I have been riding bike for couple of months but never got this sensation. I Bran and at the end, yes, this was hurting, burning... and smiling !!!

Like a kid, I could use all my running gears which I haven't used for so long !! Happy I was.

I also felt safe (my girls ride with me and my higher position was very useful to look at what was happening around).

 There was a lot of pressure on my wrists, especially on hill and when I Bran faster. I ordered the Ergon to have a more natural position. 

Update October 2015: I am not using the Ergon as much. It took me two rides to be more relax and have a better position. There is no pressure on my wrists anymore.

Also, this is not easy to start/stop/look at the GPS watch as you need to stop running (stand on the BR) or stop the BR to do so safety. "Silly" thing is, even if to say hello (just arm up), you can't as you would do it easily on a bike - ah ah ah 

Update October 2015: I changed the handlebar, which is shorter now. The comfort has been improved and the stability as well: I can handle the Bionic Runner with one hand with no issue.


The bar is too low for me but I know it will be corrected in version 2. I am a bit hunchback and the actual position doesn't help me to stand straight.

Update October 2015: I changed the handlebar for $10 and now this is just perfect.


I felt sometimes "cheating" as I could rest by just standing on the BR. When you run, you can't... but nothing here that can be improved as BR has wheels.

Also sometimes, I didn't know what cadence should I have... a data I haven't figured out on my bike either.... Running for me is just natural.


One important aspect was: I had fun; easy to ride, to turn... I just need to measure the turning angle we have and I think I was closed to touch in one corner as my left foot was low position to turn left (yes I know, I should have anticipated but...). 
This is also different than anything else, and yes I like to be different !!

The brakes are also very efficient as I needed to stop urgently when a car didn't see me on the footpath.

That's it really: thank you for your time reading my feedback and let's go for another Brun 


Congratulations Run4 team: your product is at the same level of your customer service, just outstanding. Well done !! 

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ParkRun

I am proud to announce that I am officially Run Director for ParkRun Rhodes.

First event with this title: next Saturday 16th May 2015.


Will I run with my Bionic Runner ? Not sure...

Will I ride with my storm e-bike ? Not sure...


Stay tune, this month will be a big month :) 

Swim 24 hours

A huge thank you for my supporters in the 2015 Sydney 24 Hour Mega Swim! They have personally helped make a difference to the lives of many people living with multiple sclerosis, like my colleague and captain Michael.

So far I have fundraised $565.00 in support of people living with multiple sclerosis. This has only been made possible through their generosity in supporting such a worthwhile cause.

Here are some details about my challenge: my roster was between midnight and 6:00AM. I swam 7.1 amazing kms... that's way beyond my target and goals. The longest I knew I could swim was just over 2 kms, which I did only last week !!

At 6:00AM the next shift arrived. I ended helping another team "the Rotary Club" whom captain was on his own for the whole night. He swam 16kms... To help him achieve his team's goal, I swam an extra km which I tried to speed up as I knew it was my last one !!

Swimming with my knee (PCL reconstruction) and an injured hand (by knocking the lane separator several times), getting no sleep during an entire night, that's a good training for the Ironman, I am mentally ready.

My personal learnings after this event: 

1/I can swim longer than 2 kms! If you're committed, you can achieve the unachievable.

2/I am more aware of the MS disease and I'm thankful for the life I have today.

To see a full list of my sponsors and their comments, please visit my online fundraising page:
https://events.megaswim.com/2015-Sydney-24-Hour-Mega-Swim/glenlebeau/j

Multiple sclerosis is a disease of the central nervous system affecting more young adult Australians than any other neurological condition. All funds raised go directly to providing services and assistance to people living with multiple sclerosis. 

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Swim 24 hours challenge - MS

My inspiration come from an article from a colleague in my intranet: he is explaining his life and how he is managing MS on a daily basis.

 

The challenge will be intense for me as I had last May a bad motorbike accident, realising how life and family are precious.

 

Last November, I had a knee reconstruction (PCL) which will keep me away from normal activities for one year (especially running).

But I can swim and ride... so I am really committed to help my colleague Michael and MS: swim at least five meters per $1 donated.

I will use principally my upper body to not damage my knee (still swollen).

 

My disability is only temporary, so please push me and donate for the research of MS.

 

Thank you !


https://events.megaswim.com/2015-Sydney-24-Hour-Mega-Swim/glenlebeau 

Bionnic Runner

TEST coming soon: expected ETA to receive the bionic runner, beginning of May 2015.


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