Tag: #mynewnormal

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    Living With A Brain Injury

    This is and has been my life for the last 6+ years and my future is looking forwards.

  • What Is A TBI?

    What is a TBI or Traumatic Brain Injury? This may help you understand what one is and remember most people can recover from one. But unfortunately, some of us will never fully recover from a Brain Injury again.

  • My Old Titanium Geared Mountain Unicycle

    Myself 2011, with old custom made 26” Titanium Geared Mountain Unicycle. Sold in late 2011 too help fund my 2012 Africa Misadventure. I would love to be able to go out again and enjoy a good 20+ kilometre Uni ride, but I’ll be happy to manage 10 minutes of riding before having to take a…

  • Leaning Tree

    Mid winter’s day ride over 2 years on my Retro build up Ritchey Ascent, with Nitto Bullmoose handlebars, NOS 1990’s Ritchey Brake Levers, Brooks C15 Cambium saddle, Kent Erickson Titanium seatpost, Paul Components Thumbies Shifter mount’s and Shimano 9 speed Barend shifters. Build the retro way with Shimano XT 3×9 mixed set-up.Wheels are DT Swiss…

  • Fact Or Fiction

  • A Sunny Day Out In Middle Of Winter

    A day out in XPLR and a short walk/jog with Zippy along part of the Great Lakes Trail on a beautiful sunny afternoon today over looking Lake Taupo.

  • Re-Purposing MTB Lights For Dog Walking

    So for the last few months I have been looking at replacing my broken head torch, as it’s dark out walking with my Dog in the early morning and evening. Was not happy with the low power red light options with any Headlamp available. A few weeks ago I remembered I had a Mountain Biking…

  • Regaining Balance After Brain Injury

    Now I believe that I’m probably not the only one with a Brain Injury that has had a balance problem since their brain injury? I was fine inside my home but had to weave (to keep my balance) when out walking outside. I asked a number of doctors and a few specialists why my balance…

  • Therapy Dog Trying Too Hard

    My Co-Driver asking for the keys!Zippy would appreciated an automatic transmission, but I’m glad I have a manual transmission so that we don’t have a fight about who is driving each day.🥰Zippy having a little bit of fun with me after a good morning walk.

  • When The Dirt Road Ends In A Grass Track

    At the of a dirt road is a grass track leading to a fenced in parking spot and a remote track leading to a large pond! Ok the large Pond is in fact, Lake Taupo. Zippy and I were just back from a walk towards the lake and back. Still learning about my Canon R5…

  • First-Time Ironman Taupo New Zealand

    youtube.com/watch I watch this video for the 1st during one of the great The Big Bike Film Night evenings in Taupo and if I can remember right. Late 2020 and for the first time I realised that I definitely had something wrong with my brain! Great watch and story 👍

  • A Hidden Disability

  • Zippy My First Puppy/Therapy Dog

    So last year I was recommended at looking to get a therapy dog by a number of Specialists. But the one Specialist who could help organise one said I do not qualify because I was not bad enough with my brain injury. So after much debate and with my Mum’s dog expertise, on a dog…

  • What Is Aphasia?

    Thanks to @tbi.brain for explaining about Aphasia. I try to stay home or away from people when I’m exhausted because I do have mild and when exhausted I just can’t explain things or communicate very well, some people think I maybe drunk and I’m not! So what is Aphasia? Here’s some info on one of…

  • Brain Fog & My Brain Fog Story

    So I had Brain Fog bad and did not understand why I was not right? Why on finishing my work day and starting to cook dinner that I would fall a sleep from exhaustion and had no idea that I was exhaustion? I would start shouting at work mates and not know I was? I…

  • Traumatic Brain Injury Classifications

    Reposted from @tbi.brain Instagram post. This post is about how each Traumatic Brain Injury is classified, and whether they are a result of a Primary or Secondary Injury. 🧠

  • Muni Means…MUNI

    I started Mountain Unicycling in 2004, because I was looking for a simpler riding experience! MUNI is fun and a challenge all in one, I last ride 6 months after my Bicycling to work accident in late 2017. I miss it so much 🤔 Life is full of circles.

  • Multitasking

    I once multitask and did all the time before I had my accident. Now I multitask in a new way go figure.

  • The Ultimate Barefoot Shoe Guide – Everything You MUST Know

    So right and thanks for your past videos, because I had a accident over 4 years ago and have been asking for help since with my balance!I could not explain the specialists how my balance was good at home inside (barefoot) and outside my balance issues walking had me having to walk side to side…

  • Supermarkets with a Brain Injury

    Last winter I went for my weekly supermarket shop and forgot my Cap/Hat! It was an overload big time! Only listening to a podcast a few days later I realised that I normally wear my cap everywhere. I keep my visits short, later at night, and only if I have had a rest before hand.…

  • Learning To Read Again After A Brain Injury

    So many of my friends and colleagues have not understood why I have got so frustrated since my accident in August 2017! Aside from my balance issues walking and riding, I have not been able to read books because of extreme eye/brain failure.I can’t explain it very well but looking at a page I find…

  • Sledding Athletes Are Taking Their Lives. Did Brain-Rattling Rides and High-Speed Crashes Damage Their Brains?

    https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/26/sports/olympics/olympics-bobsled-suicide-brain-injuries.html It’s ironic that I got to ride in mixed bobsleigh in Lillehammer few times in (Summer) 1993! (Yes in Summer time was open for the public to ride and wheeled bobsleigh, down the Winter Olympics track) Cool a? Now the adrenaline and speed going through this bank corners was incredible and as a Adventure…

  • Henri & His Leica M3

    Inspiring. A different way at looking at the world around us. Enjoy Pete

  • So Why Do We Do It ??

    So why wear shoes with padding? Why do we still have heels in a shoe? Why have arch support in shoes? Because we do not need any of them and to feel the ground under your feet is so much more fun. Yes that’s right Fun! Well for me my balance is back and I’m…

  • Four Years Today

    Well 4 years ago today my life changed riding to work. I would like to thank Mark and all my workmates over the last 4 years for their support at Top Gear Cycles. At long last I have support going forwards, help with learning about the new me. @postconcussioninc & @hopeafterheadinjury thanks for your podcasts,…

  • Walkabout

    Mount Tauhara and a sunny winter’s afternoon in Taupo.Out Barefoot walking in Vivobarefoot Primes Lite III Barefoot/Minimum shoes.Working on foot muscle strength and flexibility, before trying to run again.Why Barefoot or minimalist shoes?Because it’s helped big time with my Balance walking since my accident ending up with a sTBI.

  • First Modern Olympics, Greece

    Panathenaic Stadium, is All-Marble was build to hosted the First Modern Olympics in Athens, Greece in 1896 Panathenaic Stadium is also known as Kallimarmaro can seat up to 50,000 people. Is white in a horseshoe shape and stands triumphantly under the shadow of the Acropolis and remains the world’s only arena made completely from marble.…

  • Life

    Well i’m glad to have traveled overseas and have had some extraordinary adventures. From having a Gun to my forehead crossing into Italy from former Yugoslavia in 1987 to four person bobsleighing in Lillehammer in 1994. Driving to Euro Disney (Disneyland Paris) from the day with a Contiki Bus full of only three staff members…

  • Retro Ritchey (ATB) Ascent Build

    Mid winter’s day ride aboard my Retro build up Ritchey Ascent, with Nitto Bullmoose handlebars, NOS 1990’s Ritchey Brake Levers, Brooks C15 Cambium saddle, Kent Erickson Titanium seatpost, Paul Components Thumbies Shifter mount’s and Shimano 9 speed Barend shifters. Build the retro way with Shimano XT 3×9 mixed set-up. Wheels are DT Swiss 350 hub’s,…

  • Sun Is Shining So Time To Go Walking

    So yesterday my new pair of Altra Lone Peak 5 turned up from https://www.furtherfaster.co.nz/ Thanks to their help over the phone the size is bang on! Thanks team. So the Sun was shining in Taupo today so I planned to go for my first short walk towards Huka Falls and back again. I enjoyed the…

  • Why Not

    Why can we not have our Brains unplugged for a moment and have a reset? I have thought about asking this same question!

  • Back On My Bike

    First ride in months and with the new Ritchey Venturemax XL 52cm handlebars and vintage Bar-Con shifters and all are temporary until new Surly Corner Bar handlebars arrive in New Zealand.Then it’s all new Shimano XT 2×12 groupset and Paul Components Klamper Brakes.Looking forward, but my Jones LWB Spaceframe is far better riding with a…

  • Jones LWB Spaceframe

    So this is my Jones LWB Spaceframe bike that I have improved with changing out the over stuff Jones Truss Forks to much more comfortable Jones Unicrown Forks. I have also upgraded the handlebars from Jones H-Bar Loop to a Salsa Woodchipper handlebars and only because the Woodchipper drop handlebars come in a Max is…


    So fingers crossed that the tracks straighten up. I can see a light at the end of the tunnel

  • Chain Cleaning

    Now this is not the right way to clean a chain, So do not do this and go for a ride instead

  • I Over Did It Again Today

    So right, and still trying to workout my new limits still after 3 years.Help is on it’s way I hope and I have my fingers crossedI can at last see a future for me.

  • Grass Up The Middle

    Today’s walk to the Dam and back, close to Hatepe (close to Taupo) even grass up the middle along some of it.A great change of places to walk.Beautiful winter’s day out again.

  • The Mountains

    A Beautiful clear winter’s day in Taupo again with the mountains lightly covered in icing sugar (snow).

  • A Winter’s Day

    First International Yacht arrived in Taupo boat harbour today.It’s been a long time since the last International Yacht can to Taupo.A Beautiful winter’s day with a view of the mountains in the distance. Please Note: Taupo is a Lake so just having a Joke