An ongoing episode...........
Finally seeing a little progress with the joints and overall fitness. I'm building up to comfortably do the longer rides and have done 3 fairly flat 65 milers on the weekends. I'm also back to doing 30 miles or so on Tuesday and Thursday nights at a little higher pace which helps both with weight reduction and cardio.
I think I'll try a solo 80 miler this weekend----sans any long climbs. The speed is way down but I am seeing a little progress.
There is still a lot of inflammation in my right knee which limits pushing hard on the pedals so sprints and steep hills are still off the menu. It also helps if I take a break as opposed to trying to do the 65 miles without stopping. My butt is getting reacclimated to sitting on a saddle for 4-6 hours---I was surprised it got so tender.
The interesting thing is over the last 3 weeks I've managed to rip off about 11 pounds of the additional weight I picked up from being non-disciplined with my diet and unable to exercise for several months. That was one of the more frustrating outcomes of this whole ordeal as I allowed myself to enjoy the additional calories so much. My wife joined Weight Watchers which also has helped me as she has improved her eating habits.
I think the doctor is on the right track with my meds. He's recommending I consider another med that would "block" reoccurences of the joint issues. He thinks the frequency, intensity and number of joints affected will most likely increase over time if I'm not taking something preventative. There is no rush on that decision but right now I'm leaning towards taking my chances.
Anyway, while I'm still a long ways away from being where I'd like to be it's great feeling a little more physically fit.