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Old 04-06-12, 01:54 PM   #1
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10 miles this morning.

My new short crank was good.
My starts were all smooth.
Hip pain was manageable, in fact, I'm thinking that riding the recumbent is the best therapy I've tried.
Speed was satisfactory for such a long lay off.
I definitely wasn't pooped after 10 miles but I decided to leave something in the tank for tomorrow.

All-in-all, it was an uneventful ride. Sometimes uneventful is good.
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Old 04-06-12, 01:58 PM   #2
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The Grouch is back!

All hail the Grouch!!


That's great news. It looks like things are falling into place for a good summer!!
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Old 04-06-12, 02:40 PM   #3
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There's more:

On our way home Mrs. Grouch said that she's getting used to riding by herself but misses being with me on the tandem. I told her I wasn't ready for that again yet but might be by this time next year. She said "On the Screamer?" and didn't totally reject the idea out of hand. That's progress.
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Old 04-06-12, 03:57 PM   #4
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I decided to leave something in the tank for tomorrow.
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Report back on how tomorrow's ride goes. Save something for Sunday, too.
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Old 04-07-12, 01:29 AM   #5
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Great News! 10 miles is a nice start. Along the Katy or elsewhere?

I just put my order in for semi-short cranks for my RANS Stratus. The stock cranks are 175 mm. They are decent mid-range FSA cranks (52/42/30) with a GXP bottom bracket. I found a set of discontinued FSA triple cranks, also GXP, for just $99, list $225. With a bit lower gearing (50/39/30) and 165 mm crank arms. Not quite as short as those shortened & cut off 148-155mm cranks. I think they will be nigh perfect.

I love riding the Stratus, except for finding it difficult to maintain a higher spin cadence, because of those long cranks. I'm really looking forward to getting the new crankset on.
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Old 04-07-12, 02:26 AM   #6
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Excellent news and progress.

The Italians, I think, say 'Forza'

In Arabic, 'Yalla. Mabrook'

In the North of England where I'm from, people might nod quietly and say 'That'll do'

In the South of England where I've lived, people might say 'Goodness me. I say. Splendid'

Personally, I'll say all of 'em to you
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Glad it's all coming back together for you, Retro. I am very happy for you.
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Nice ride.....Keep it going.
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Report back on how tomorrow's ride goes. Save something for Sunday, too.
Fourteen today so I'm creeping up on it, hip still feels good.

Mrs. Grouch and I have been riding in Lakeside Park in north St Peters. There's a 4.3 mile paved trail around a lake that was dredged to provide the dirt for a flood control levy. It's a fairly new park and it's not fully developed yet so it's not the most senic ride, but the MUP isn't as crowded either. It meets our needs at least for now.
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Today turned into a pie ride day.

Rode 15 miles with Mrs. Grouch this morning. Went to my daughter's for dinner. She had angelfood cake for desert but was afraid the universe might implode if I ate angelfood so she made a cherry pie, my favorite, just for me. She had ice cream to go with it too.

YUM!
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Three great rides in as many days, a cycling date with your bride, and cherry pie with ice cream. I do believe, Mr. Grouch, you are officially back in the game!!
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Way to go RG, the miles will come back as you work up to them. Glad to read these posts as opposed to the earlier posts when you were so anxious.

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Way to go RG, the miles will come back as you work up to them. Glad to read these posts as opposed to the earlier posts when you were so anxious.
Good point! I was thinking that the mental issues are mostly under control. When I know that I'm having mental issues it's easy to think "Just tough through it." Doing it is another story entirely.
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