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Old 06-15-12, 04:56 PM   #1
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Chicken Noodle Soup

Hello ya all.

Last Thursday, in Long Island, was my last ride. Twenty pleasant miles. Then Saturday happened and I have been out since. No riding, no nothing really. I feel sluggish and told my wife about it everyday.

It is something about riding that I just love and crave. Maybe it is the freedom, maybe it is the breeze, maybe it is the peacefulness and maybe it is the friends we meet along our journey. I do not know but it is sorta like a big bowl of chicken noodle soup. Each ride represents a few stirs and a ladle full of soup. You might have some of this, a little of that, maybe it is spicy, maybe salty, I do not know. All I do know is that I truly miss it and miss it a lot. It is the form of exercise that I love and there is a point to it (versus just using the treadmill at the gym). Maybe it is the change to accumulate miles or feet of climbing. Maybe it is speed. Maybe it is just to have fun. There we go again.... each ride is like a bowl of chicken noodle soup.

Yesterday was my first full day back at work and it was somewhat painful but it was good to get out of the house. Today I worked from home a little but started feeling sorta depressed and when my wife came home, we went for a 4 mile walk. The first mile was good but the last three miles were painful. I am not sure if it is the kidney stones or the stint that is causing the pain because I cannot distinguish them. But when we were done, I was happy to sit down and rest but really glad to get out of the house.

They say the longer you do not do something (exercise) the harder it is to get back into the rhythm of it. So true!

I am planning to try an easy 20 mile ride tomorrow with my wife. I am hoping it does not bother me like walking does with the kidney stones and stint.
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Old 06-15-12, 08:01 PM   #2
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I know exactly what you mean. I was in the hosp for 6 days earlier this year to have my gall bladder out (normally only requires 1-2 days in hosp, but I had additional complications). When I got home from the hospital, the weather was beautiful...sunny, very mild winter, perfect riding weather. And I just couldn't do it. I wasn't really in the pain you describe, but i was SO fatigued every day. I tried to take short walks around the block everyday and it just wore me out.
After about 1 month of this, I started getting really depressed, feeling like I would never get back to normal, and never get back to riding. Everyone kept telling me that it takes time to recover from anesthesia, pain meds and laying around for 6 days.
I finally felt better (after about 2 months) and was able to get back out on the bike, and feel fine now. I hope your pain subsides soon. But listen to your body and don't overdo it. You could delay your recovery that much more. Rest up!
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Old 06-16-12, 03:24 AM   #3
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I was thinking about the "normal" thing yesterday on the walk. Just want everything to go back to normal.
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They say when you have your health, you have everything. Sometimes we all need that reminder!

You'll get better and then you'll enjoy that bowl of soup even more!
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agreed lenny!

I did get out this morning for a 20 mile ride with my wife. Hard to keep up with her. Her average was 14.7 over the whole 20 miles. The stint irritates the bladder and makes you want to go pee every few miles. THAT was fun!
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You could try depends.......they could double as padded bike shorts!
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depends?
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http://www.depend.com/products
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You could try depends.......they could double as padded bike shorts!
omg too funny, I've never though of that myself. I've yet to splurge for bike shorts, maybe I'll get a box of these and do away with the laundry bit.
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Chef, i can relate, it's a frustrating thing. I'm still battling my own situation and will be until at least the end of next month when I go for a Surgery Consult. In the meantime, my number of rides per week has been cut in half and the mileage I do when I do ride has been greatly diminished. I get sick every time I'm on the bike but, still, I can't wait for the next ride. You just do what you can. Eventually, all of this mess will be behind us and it will all just be one more hurdle that we've gotten over.
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Chef, i can relate, it's a frustrating thing. I'm still battling my own situation and will be until at least the end of next month when I go for a Surgery Consult. In the meantime, my number of rides per week has been cut in half and the mileage I do when I do ride has been greatly diminished. I get sick every time I'm on the bike but, still, I can't wait for the next ride. You just do what you can. Eventually, all of this mess will be behind us and it will all just be one more hurdle that we've gotten over.
The crappy thing is that i need to pee so I go into a pee and nothing comes out. I walk out, and I need to pee again.... and again.... and again. I want to take a damn plunger and plunge the crap out so I can pee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
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The crappy thing is that i need to pee so I go into a pee and nothing comes out. I walk out, and I need to pee again.... and again.... and again. I want to take a damn plunger and plunge the crap out so I can pee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
Yeowch. Well, in that case, I guess the only advice I can give is to be patient. This, too, shall pass! lol
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Think I now have a bladder infection.
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