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2016 Bicycling - A New Hope

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raffi

It's been over a week since I've ridden. Between weather and a family crisis, it just didn't happen. The plan was to commute this morning, but while I was putting on my bike clothes, I looked outside only to see ice/snow/etc coming down hard. I had to take my studded tire off the back of the bike, so I decided a commute was a bad idea this morning. I'll try again tomorrow.

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Ronin

Hi Everyone,

 

Raffi: Sad to read about the family crisis - I hope everything has resolved for the best.

 

I got a quick 16 in today (Saturday 19 Mar) Linda took a pass because the temperatures were just below 40 which is her lower limit. It felt great to get outside and the next few days don't look good for outdoor riding. First day of Spring tomorrow and we have a forecast for snow.

 

Now the update on my hip. While there is no doubt that the joint is arthritic, the arthritis isn't the source of the pain. Actually it is largely due to accommodating the various pains from the fall that led to the battle between the Piriformis Muscle (which controls turn out of the leg) and the Psoas muscle (which controls the turn in of the leg) while trying to move in a way to avoid causing other pains. (It took me a while to process that so don't feel bad if your confused at this moment.)

 

The upshot is that I have the paired muscles pulling the hip joint from opposite directions most of the time (particularly after the joint is immobile for a while like sitting or sleeping).  What I'm doing now is a lot of concentrated stretching of these two muscles as they both easily spasm.  The best news is that I don't need a hip replacement now, and for some time to come. Bicycling, particularly outdoors really helps so that is the great news.

 

Everyone else, stay healthy and upright!

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raffi

Ronin, Thanks. We are weathering the storm reasonably well.

 

10 days off the bike is not something I'd like to do again any time soon. Yesterday's commute just about did me in. I went for a quick 14 mile ride today, the start of it felt like riding through molasses.  By the time I got home, I was feeling much better. Glad I went. Though, temperatures in the 60s, I would have hated myself if I stayed indoors.

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Ronin

Everyone,

 

Raffi: I know the feeling of returning to the bike after more than a single day off - UGH! Yeah, it feels sluggish and you can't get out of your own way but you always feel better when the ride is finished.

 

I did another 16 today - Linda opted out due to low temperatures and winds.  Can's say that I blame her but it did feel good to be outside again. Hopefully Wednesday will see us on the tandem - Tuesday is booked solid so no riding tomorrown

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rwallen

Hi all!

 

Ronan, sounds like great news for you!

 

Raffi, I feel your pain. I have been off the bike for about the same amount of time. I hope to get on it tomorrow. Between being sick and a couple of trips to Topeka, I haven't been riding. Besides the goose eggs on my spreadsheet and the affect on my total mileage, I'm not too concerned. i'm sure there's plenty of miles ahead in my future! :)

 

Take care all!

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Ronin

Hi Everyone,

 

Great day, mid 50's with a moderate WSW wind and Linda suited up and we rode the tandem!  It is going to take a while to rebuild but at least we're still out there.

 

Rick: We know all about missing rides.  Perhaps we're all a bit obsessed and in the end it is getting out there and being active that matters. I know out annual miles aren't ever returning to our top years, nor are our average speeds going to see new records. However, we will be out there.

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rwallen

Hi all!

 

Ronin, I hear ya!

 

I ended up being off of the bike for 15 days.  It is what it is.  At least I am back to full health.  Not all of my time off of the bike was because I was sick.  We also had family stuff going on in Topeka.  I'm only a little disappointed becasue it was shaping up to be my best year yet and you know what, it still could be!  But I realize what you say, Ronin, is true.

 

Hopefully, everyone else has been getting some riding in.

 

Take care!

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ORjt

Hi all,

 

Just catching up after a brief (on line) hiatus - had a week of vacation, needed some down-time to reset.

For those of you who've had issues, hope they are resolving in a positive direction.

 

And,  for those of you already going positive: yay!

 

My week off coincided, quite accidentally, with spring break - which meant largely lousy-ish weather - blustery, cool, and impending threats of rain.  Still managed to get in a couple of rides here and there.  Mileage is coming along pretty well given the weather.  It's actually gorgeous this week (of course), with highs in the 60s, perhaps low 70s (!) for the next few days.  With DST, hoping to get in a couple of short after-work rides over the next couple of days - we'll see how it goes.

 

Suffered my first flat of the year -- probably the first in quite a long time. Not sure what I hit (likely a sharp rock) - nothing in the tire, and it was a slow leak, rather than explosive decompression.  Took the opportunity to replace that tire when I got home (it was near end of its service life, and I already had the spare on hand). Rim tape looked good, so hopefully that's the end of that.

 

Also found that the chains on both bikes need replacing .... and so it goes.

 

Stay safe out there!

 

--JT

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Ronin

Hi Everyone,

 

Basically it has been quiet here and I/we have been riding both indoors (me) and outdoors (us).  Today was a bummer. Frustrating. 70+ degrees, dark overcast skies, forecast for rain and T-storms so another TdG day. It never rained and the skies cleared after the TdG session. Discretion is the better part of valor so all is not lost.

 

The forecast is worse.  As I type this the temperatures are in the low 80's and getting quite windy. The NOAA forecast says the temperatures will drop tomorrow with a 40% chance of rain for Saturday and them plummet for Sunday all the way down to the 20's. A taste of spring and then another slam of winter. 

 

JT: Maintenance is always there to be done. 

 

Stay upright!

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raffi

The weather has been nice this week. After a rainy Monday, we got up to the 50s and 60s. I managed a couple of commutes and rode home both days with just shorts and a short sleeve jersey. I took a day off of work today and got in a 20 miles, again in shorts. While I'm sure things will cool off again before summer, it is nice to have some late spring weather in early spring.

 

Mileage totals for March were disappointing, but given the weather, understandable. I'm hopeful that April will be a higher mileage month.

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ORjt

Hi all,

 

We, too, have been having great weather for this time of year - 5 days of 70+, and no rain :D .  Got in 3 days of riding, and as with Raffi, mostly in shorts/ss jersey.  Nice to get out in some sunshine.  Monday was again blustery, but we are warming up to high 70's/low 80's - potentially 3 record breakers this week.  Looks like by next week I'll have enough morning light to start commuting - we'll see how the schedule and weather can get into alignment.

 

March ended with nearly 150 miles; not bad, can always be better.

 

Stay safe out there!

 

-JT

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rwallen

Hi all!

 

Just touching base!  Hope everybody is doing well and you are able to get out and get some cycling done.  I won't whine about my mileage today.  :)  I have been getting out although it has been extremely windy the last several days.  The out trip has been rough but the back part has been great!

 

Take care!

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raffi

We are approaching record temps for this time of year. It was in the 50s this morning when I started my commute (at around 4:30 AM). It is supposed to be well into the 70s this afternoon. This should make for a pleasant ride this afternoon.

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Ronin

Hi Everyone,

 

Team Wells checking in. George's hip muscles are improving and I no longer use a cane when walking around. The weather has been less than cooperative and today (Sunday) has been the best day so far so we got out on the tandem. We are really out-of-shape and I think its going to take some time to get back in shape. I have a lot of muscles complaining but that should settle down soon (I hope).

 

Glad to read that everyone else is doing well.

 

Here in NJ tomorrow's weather as well as Tuesday looks wet.  Lots of meetings on Monday as well.

 

Stay upright!

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ORjt

Hi all,

 

Nice updates - glad to hear everyone's out and about ...

 

Us, too, with the record temps/nice weather. Couple of 80+ days last week - earliest, I think, ever ... not sure what that bodes for the summer. It was *really* nice to get out in the afternoons for a couple of rides in just shorts and ss jersey. I was able to get out We/Fri/Saturday, and then got in my first commute of the year today.  It's been cool/cloudy with rain on the way later in the week. It's ok - it's way too early in the year for any protracted dry spells.

 

Got the commuter into the LBS for its new chain, and hopefully will get the carbon bike in this next weekend.

 

Stay safe out there!

 

--JT

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raffi

Today looks like the last nice day for a bit. The commute this morning went well, but I decided to skip one gravel section and take the highway. After this much warmth, I did not trust the condition of the road in the dark. Riding home tonight along that stretch told me I probably made the right decision. Despite that section of loose gravel, the afternoon commute was more refreshing and fun than tiring. Gotta love these early warm days.

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ORjt

Hi all,

 

Minor 'health' update - I've been fighting pain in my left knee for a while (weeks, recently, for an acute flare, but it's been off and on painful for quite some time. Mostly 'off'). Finally went to the doc. He thinks it's bursitis or possibly tendonitis. Not likely to be arthritis or a tear in the meniscus.  He did a steroid injection, which seems to be providing some relief (it has certainly modulated the pain to be lower).

 

The bad news? - Need to be off the bike for a week, and we have a gorgeous weekend coming up. Boo! Hiss!

 

The flip side to all this is that riding in general hasn't at all been painful - it's been walking/weight bearing that's really been problematic.

 

Stay safe out there!

-JT

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Ronin

Hi Everyone,

 

WOW! Team Wells managed four tandem rides in a row. The weather has been cooperative and the exercise is helping the muscles that were out of balance get back in balance. Of course still doing lots and lots of stretching after the rides and at other times during the day. We're still very slow, even by our standards but being out there is sufficient. We've got two "rest days" ahead just because of packed schedules but perhaps they will be a blessing and maybe I can reduce the Naproxen for those days - yeah I still have a lot of discomfort to deal with. 

 

JT: Sad to hear about the forced time off particularly when you have a new carbon bike to break in. 

 

Raffi: Discretion is always preferable to too much risk.  

 

Stay upright everyone!

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raffi

Yesterday, I was dripped on by mostly sunny with no chance of rain. Another "normal" day for the weather guessers, At least I was prepared for the colder than predicted weather. Today is supposed to be warm and sunny and I have a planned ride in a couple of hours. However, the clouds have been coming in for the past hour or so. Guess it is time to reassess the clothing for this outing as well.

 

All in all, pretty normal for spring around here.

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rwallen

Good morning all!

 

Just touching base.  Not much to report.

 

JT, I hope you get your pain and discomfort resolved quickly.

Ronin, glad you're coming along ok.

 

I got in an early ride yesterday which is unusual for me during the week.  I thought I would beat the forecasted rain and would be too busy later.  I could have got out later.  The rain never happened and I had time.  So, I had a few less miles than normal but that's ok.  I got a nice 47 mile ride in on Sunday with some friends which included a few decent climbs.  So the 16 mile ride yesterday, I'll consider a rest day.  I have been helping a friend get back into cycling shape after an injury.  So, my accumulated mileage of riding to her place, then the distance she wants to ride and then back home, has translated into some longer than "normal" mile days for me, which is good.  I'm still trying to play catch up after the 15 days off of the bike.

 

We're supposed to have rain chances again today.  Another morning ride would have been great but I actually had to be into the office early.  Hoping I can get out after work.

 

Anyway, that's all I got!  :)

 

Hope everyone has a great day!

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raffi

The weather has been quite nice. This morning, I commuted in shorts and a light jacket. I'm hoping to to another one tomorrow. By Friday, the weather is supposed to turn again, so I'll be trying to get my rides in before then.

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Ronin

Hi Everyone,

 

Team Wells has been out on the tandem a bit. Yesterday was an evaluation with Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Services (PMRS) to diagnose the remaining discomfort in my hip. Felt pretty good going in but after the exam I was in major pain. They twisted me in so many directions and then pushed spots with the question: "Does this hurt?" Oh Yeah, it hurt. The diagnosis is better than the exam. Piriformis Syndrome which will respond well to PT. I've already started more stretches and getting assistance from Linda on getting more depth on some of them. Today is better, much better, than yesterday.

 

NJ is finally feeling like spring is going to take hold. We had low 70's late this morning for our 16 mile loop.  We're also regaining our speed although we're still not where we left off last fall.

 

Have a good weekend everyone. A festive Passover to those who celebrate the feast.

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rwallen

Hi all!

 

Well Ronin, that sounds like positive news!

 

Our rain that I spoke about previously never materialized.  Even though, I did miss one day getting out.  I won't lament about my mileage shortage.  :)  I will say, with the company of some friends, I have been adding some miles to my weekday and weekend rides.  The pace isn't extremely fast but it's still time in the saddle.  I used the term lament but you all know I just like to whine.  :)  As I stated a few times, I don't really have any specific goals but I have been considering some long mileage days, almost like an endurance kind of thing.  I really need to work up to it.  I had a friend attempt a 150 mile ride on Saturday.  He got in 75.  I'm not exactly sure what caused him to not finish.  I would like to do a 200k and 300k eventually but this will be for myself and at my own pace.

 

Anyway, that's all I got! Hope everyone is having great riding weather and have been able to take advantage of it.

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ORjt

Hi folks,

 

Ronin -- sounds like good progress (or at least, a good path forward). No new bike on my side --

Rick - sounds like you're having fun riding, and that's the most important thing

Raffi - your weather is a day behind mine, more or less :)

 

 

Here's an update on the knee - I have a new friend, Arthur Itis. (Osteo, not rheumatoid).  Post (enforced) time-off, tried to go out for a ride, and it was not good. Made it about a half-mile. So, got a referral out to an Orthopedic specialist; which of course took another week. Did x-rays, and that made the diagnosis.  Initial course of action is 6 weeks of PT (and I started that today).

 

Now, since that half-mile, the knee has calmed a bit, and I was able to get on the exercise bike for 20 minutes; that wasn't too bad.  The PT today was helpful, and I did another 10 minutes on their exercise bike (along with other stuff).  She also taped up my knee with that sports-tape stuff, and that's helping as much as the knee sleeves I've been using, without the irritation (bunching, sweating, etc) that the sleeves can cause.

 

The other good thing - everyone concerned (my doc, the ortho doc, the PT person) all agree that there's no reason to stop cycling - it's a good, low impact, non weight bearing, smooth motion exercise... so I'm going to try commuting in tomorrow.  May end up calling Mrs ORjt to pick me up in the afternoon, but the knee is feeling well enough to want to do this.

 

Our weather is supposed to be nice over the weekend - if the commute goes well, I'll meet some friends on Saturday for a longer ride. I missed our first metric century (lousy weather, bad knee); Another is coming up in two weeks -- of course shorter options are out there, so we'll just play it all by ear. Or by knee.

 

Stay safe out there!

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raffi

The first part of this week is looking very nice. This morning's commute was warmish and I'm looking forward to the ride home this afternoon.

 

I've not been getting as many rides in as I wanted, but I am riding.

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