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Old 07-02-11, 12:26 PM   #1
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Small Triumph

Did the Tour de Rocky Top in Knoxville, TN today. I selected the 51 mile ride but ended up doing 54 as I followed a rider on the last leg in rather than watching the road markers.

My first long ride in a year as I didn't have much energy last spring and summer. Found out why in August as it turned out I had cancer on my tonsil and lymph node. After chemotherapy and radiation I was found cancer free in Feb. and my doctor gave me the go-ahead to begin exercising in March. Been working out in the gym and riding on the weekends. I lost all my muscle mass during the illness and am working to get it back. At age 56 I weigh less than I did as a senior in high school.

My legs hurt on the uphill after mile 40 and there is lots of uphill riding in East Tennessee. But did it fell great, pain and all. So thankful to be riding again.

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Old 07-02-11, 02:38 PM   #2
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Congratulations, brother. I know all too well what you have gone through.
Pick a weight and fight to hang onto it. I dropped from 200 to 150 when I had throat cancer in 2008. I latched onto 170 on the way back up and have been there for two years.
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Old 07-02-11, 02:47 PM   #3
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less than a year and you are on the way back.......... That is great news. Reckon with 54 miles you have earned double Pie so rest tomorrow and just take a recovery ride- walk ----Crawl to the local cafe and enjoy it.
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Old 07-02-11, 02:49 PM   #4
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I'm impressed with you and the ride. Thanks for posting.
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Old 07-02-11, 04:22 PM   #5
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Al,

Small Triumph?
My ass!

I call that a two-fer
Hang tough.

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Old 07-02-11, 05:39 PM   #6
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Like Jeff said, that is no small triumph. Maintaining a positive attitude in the face of issues with potentially serious consequences takes great strength of character and sometimes sheer stubborness.
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Old 07-02-11, 05:55 PM   #7
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As others have said, this is no small triumph. Congratulations on the ride and being cancer free. I love hearing stories like this one
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Old 07-02-11, 06:04 PM   #8
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As they've already said...Sir, that is no small triumph.

Congrats. on a super comeback!!
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Old 07-02-11, 06:06 PM   #9
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I never cease to be amazed at the resilience manifest on this sub-forum.
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Old 07-02-11, 06:12 PM   #10
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Congratulations. This is indeed a TRIUMPH.
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Old 07-02-11, 06:25 PM   #11
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You are an inspiration my friend.
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Sure felt good when the Doctor told you, you were cancer free didn't it. Now as other posters have said go out and have a big piece of pie in celebration. Oh, and by the way, Good Ride!
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Old 07-03-11, 07:24 AM   #13
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Magnificent. Well done indeed. I bet it felt great - hurt so good!

And as has been said - that's a great big triumph.

(I speak from experience. I had a small triumph in 1982. A French Blue Spitfire. That was only a tiny little triumph but my Cal spouse liked it enough to marry me - so I can only imagine your vastly superior alpha status!!)

OK the foregoing was a weak and laboured pun, but my congratulations are very real!
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Congratulations, Al! Way to go. That is quite an achievement. I wish you many more successes in the months ahead.
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Congrats on the comeback!
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Sounds like your going in the right direction Al, keep it up and congratulations.
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I think you may be my new Idol.
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I am glad they found the problem. When I read small triumph I was thinking british motorbike, this sounds like a giant harley hog of an accomplishment to me.
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Good job Al and glad you are cancer free. I live in TN but in the northwest area and its pretty flat here. We have a few hills, but nothing like Knoxville.
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FANTASTIC JOB! Like BluesDawg, I've been there as well having two cancers to battle at the same time. I'm cancer free from one, but the leukemia will be with me for life. I did a back to back 50 mile MS 150 ride last month and after the second day, I will agree that even with the aches you get from the ride, it is more than well worth it crossing the finish line. I didn't ride for two day afterward, but I still have the grin on my face from finishing. It was way more satisfying than the 40 and 50 mile training rides leading up to it.
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I am glad they found the problem. When I read small triumph I was thinking british motorbike, this sounds like a giant harley hog of an accomplishment to me.
Funny you should say that! The first thing that crossed my mind when I read small triumph was the Laural Green 1971 Spitfire that I bought my lovely bride back in '76!!

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Funny you should say that! The first thing that crossed my mind when I read small triumph was the Laural Green 1971 Spitfire that I bought my lovely bride back in '76!!

That one of those British cars with the wonderful British electrical system,where if it rains in Seattle, it's makes it too damp for the car to start in Rochester?
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That one of those British cars with the wonderful British electrical system,where if it rains in Seattle, it's makes it too damp for the car to start in Rochester?


Lucas electrics have a bad reputation but I don't understand why. I/we drove that Spitfire for 11 years and never had any trouble with the electrics. I drove a '70 MGBGT from '87 till '06 with no electrical problems and am the original owner of a '72 MGB Tourer. The MGB fuel pumps had a set of electrical points in them that needed occasional servicing but that was all.

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