PARRABUDDY.BLOGSPOT was started to help find a way for “Adaptive / Physically Challenged / Paralympic Cyclists ” to enjoy riding their bikes on the Daily Route of the famous Pro Tour Race Routes such as the “ Giro d’Italia " and the " Tour de France " !

Through lack of support i have been unable to achieve that goal and unless people decide to assist there is little chance that my 19th season will be any more successful !

London 2012 Paralympics was amazing for ALL , not just those participating but those who followed via the Media !

Since 2009 several other Blogs have been created to cover various other subjects !

Below is a guide to their separate purposes :

In the main Parrabuddy is about “Adaptive / Physically Challenged Sport” and Health Issues.

Skippi-cyclist is about personal issues and Road Safety Issues.

SkippyAus is about matters relating to Oz and some personal memories from my life there.

Tourdafarce & Tourdafrance are about matters relating to the Pro Tour , Racers and some personal experiences during my various visits to ride the Pro Tour routes .

Skippy (blogging) is about a variety of issues on the Internet .

NOT ALL postings arrive in their correct area but I will generally try to separate my views on Doping and Sporting Fraud from Road Safety Issues .

Comments ARE WELCOMED since this shows that those reading are interested in the subject matter ! Enjoy comments made to other blogs so wonder why only " anonymous " posts here !

Over the period of these "Blogs" I have had visibility on Twitter as “Skippydetour” and on Facebook as “Skippy Mc Carthy” where Google usually advise postings on the Blogs as they occur .

When any of you visit these Blogs I hope I am able to add value to your day and provide a source of information if not inspiration . Please consider asking your friends and contacts to add their support as many of the Para Athletes are struggling to find the resources to compete in Events at regional Levels let alone National Levels .

You the reader have the possibility to help these Amazing Athletes in your own way and contacting your National Paralympic Internet Site for relevant info is a good start !

Mar 3, 2011

SERENA WILLIAM'S Career Setback ?

Serena Williams the Tennis Star’s Career that we have enjoyed for a decade is all but over ! Pulmonary Embolisms will even after the operation effect her future Career Options ! High profile Athletes need to exert a huge amount of effort to stay at the top of their game and even with the best specialist care it is doubtful we will see her at Wimbledon in the next years let alone on top of the Podium at other Tennis Tournaments where she so rightfully belongs .

Thankfully she is still with us as so many Athletes have either ignored or misinterpreted the warning signs . So many Race Cyclists have woken to find that their room mate has passed away during the night from this or similar symptoms . Could be this is the case in other sports also , but then I am more aware of the Cycling Sport Personalities than many from other Sports .

Here is a link to a press release today that runs contrary to my thoughts on this matter :!

LATimes has an article worth looking at on Embolisms :,0,1700712.story

Those who suffer cramps should be thinking about the causes and early medical intervention may be appropriate in some cases . Even with following Doctors’ advice I find myself following a low activity lifestyle currently and with having to wear Compression stockings 24hr each day and taking Anti Coag medication I am somewhat uncomfortable with this change of pace . 2011 started with me thinking that I would be in Oz for the Tour Down Under then circumstances intervened and I went to the UK . From there I went to the South of France for sun and cycling and the plan then was to continue enjoying that area until the Embolism symptoms arose .

Life is full of surprises and marking time in the Tyrol is not what I would choose when Endurance Sports are forbidden , finding a place to live long term in this Tourist Area is also proving tedious .

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