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Old 06-16-11, 12:40 AM   #1
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Well, at least I tried

Man, it's sure been an effort coming back from my little escapade on the steps 6 weeks ago

Had a long drive and 2 gigs ahead of me on Saturday.
By the end of the night, I was hurtin'.

But when I woke up feeling none the worse for wear, my mind couldn't help but wander back to the bike.
Sunday, I felt good and it was my last day on the meds.
Monday I felt good.

Had a small set back on Tuesday but Tuesday evening was so nice I thought I'd at least see if I could get the bike down from its hooks without pain. Yes.

So, I swung my leg over. No problem.

I steadied myself against the car while I grabbed the brakes and pushed down hard on the pedal. About as hard as it would take to come up my home hill.
No, it was not to be. It hurt.

Today, though, I was back to feeling good. It's beautiful out. I suited up and got the bike down. Today, I'm doing it! So, I rode did a few laps out front, around the top of the hill and that's OK.

Next was a short 9% cul de sac at the end of the block. A nice easy gear. Good. Good.

So, I came down and continued on down the east side of the hill. It's a terraced climb back up... about 1/8 mile with a 9% - false flat - 10% rise (forget the west side for now; it's 1/8 mile of 15%). I was spinning up in a ridiculously low gear and felt a twinge. Not bad... but enough. So, I just did a couple more lazy laps and pulled back into the garage. That would be all for today. Maybe soon... but not today.

But at least it's progress (and I showed some smarts) and at least I tried.

The saga continues...
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Old 06-16-11, 04:34 AM   #2
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Yes, it is progress. I think you're approaching this with the right mind set. You don't want a serious set back because you pushed too hard too early. Keep on keeping at it.... a little at a time.
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Old 06-16-11, 05:44 AM   #3
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Keep it up. Little baby steps.
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Good for you. "One step at a time"
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SKT, I planned to use the road bike with aero bars (so I could stretch out) this morning for 'therapy' after wrenching my back on Monday. It hurt to air up the tires! I'll try again tomorrow.

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Old 06-16-11, 10:17 AM   #6
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That coming back after injury is going to hurt a bit and it may take a bit of time. Just keep plugging away- doing a bit more each time and suddenly you will be finding yourself further away from home than you thought.

Take it steady and carefully.
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