Andre Barbieri

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Happy New Year!

What a great year 2013 was! It brought me so much happiness, pleasures, medals and inspiration! A lot of travelling and a lot of good moments! Most of them involved races and events, thanks to PossAbilities, who keep bringing direction, purpose and guidance not only for me but for a lot of people. And for that I am and will always be grateful. I grew up a lot as an athlete and was also humbled down countless times. I expect...

San Diego Triathlon Challenge

Back from vacation and straight to San Diego for the SDTC. It's such a beautiful celebration for our sport and it's beautiful to see all those challenged athletes overcoming their own obstacles! Team PossAbilities was with full power there and we had 3 relay teams. On my part I did the swim, it was an ok performance. I was fighting a cold so that didn't help my cause, but I finished 1 mile in 25min. That was the final event...

Brasil Training Season

For 3 weeks I was down in Brasil during the month of October, we had a wedding to attend and it was good to spend quality time with family and friends. The training never stops though, and it feels good to only train and not have to worry about work! I worked on my running form and did some surfing also, but mainly focused on my swimming. I was preparing to swim 1 mile representing PossAbilities at the San Diego...

Tempe Triathlon AZ: Sucess!

Hello friends and family of Team PossAbilities! In late September I had an important event in Lake Tempe, AZ, part of the National Circuit of Parathriatlon. I felt really good when I checked in for the Race the day before because my number was 805 - the area code from where I live! What are the chances that out of 1300 athletes I would get be #805?! Arizona is sooo hot and dry, it makes it difficult to race in...

New Coach!

Great news: We have the pleasure of announcing my new Coach, Jack Bianchi, to our dear friends (www.bianchicoaching.com). He's got lots of experiences in the triathlon world, personal and with athletes (including challenged ones). I felt right at home when I met him, just a great, solid and humble guy with lots to teach. Things are kicking in the right gear... Welcome to the Team Coach Jack! Coach Jack! Photo by Michael Simpson

TBN TV Show

This week we had the opportunity of being in a tv show called Joy In My Town, sharing the word about PossAbilities and how amazing them and Loma Linda University are. It's going live on TBN, I'll get the showtimes back to you guys soon. We had JJ (already a rockstar!) and his mom Laura Miller, my dear "Godmother" Cotie Williams and myself. Thanks for the opportunity PossAbilities, Keturah Reed (from the Media Dept) and TBN! With our hostess Reba Toney

Running Research with Loma Linda University

I had the pleasure of fine tuning my running as I was helping students of Loma Linda University on a research project. They were testing (by timing) my performance with the running leg (the "blade") in different positions: neutral, dorsi-flexion and plantar-flexion. I'm running a little better now thanks to their help and also Michael Davidson's, who was supervising the whole thing. Thank you guys:) Michael Davidson and I

Motion Unlimited

I'd like to shine a light on Motion Unlimited, one of my sponsors. A couple of years ago I was dealing with plantar fasciitis, my worst nightmare back then. It dragged for over 2 years, took me out of my jobs and kept me away from surfing and sports for over a year, almost erasing my motivation. By word of mouth my brother and I heard of Isaac Osborne. I started working with him and his exercises were one of the...

Tri Santa Cruz

Fellows! I'm here today to tell yet another story of a successful triathlon, this one in the beautiful city of Santa Cruz. It's a really scenic course and very organized event. There were 3 other challenged athletes besides me, each one missing one of their arms. We talked like we've known each other... It's an amputee thing I learned! The water was as cold as expected and after a great swim, there was a long way "crutching" to transition, that...

Cycling Research at Loma Linda University

A couple of weeks ago I was invited to participate on a research with some students of Orthotics and Prosthetics from Loma Linda University. It was part of a cycling project where they had challenged athletes and also able bodied people, including Pedro Payne. I'm still waiting for the final specifics but basically it was proved that I use only 20% of power on my prosthetic side and the other 80% is all powered by my able leg. Good news...