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Old 05-22-13, 09:27 PM   #1
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Good news is nice

I haven't posted much of late because...well, because. Ran out of things to say and the same old, same old just gets old.

Had a bit of a set back a couple of years ago that knocked me off the bike for a few months. All my gains, lost.
When I cleared to start back on the bike, I came back smart (seemed smart to me, anyway) and it all back, and then some, in short order. In the past two years, though, my confidence in longer rides (over 20 miles) or seriously uphill climbs stubbornly resists. Still, for the end-to-end roller coaster ride in my ol' hometown and its short but steep jolts, I no longer recognize the rider I was even before my accident. And in the past 6 months, my efforts have doubled while my HR has fallen. Still way too heavy but I'll figure that out. Had my first blood test in a good while a few days back and got the results today. My doctor was almost giddy. I complained about my weight and he pretty said, with the condition I'm in, it's not a real concern. Good news is nice. But -and there's always a but- I'm back off the bike for a bit with a recurrance of back spasms and I'm hitting the Flexril again. Won't be long and I'll be back in the saddle secure in the knowledge that it all does come back.

Carry on...
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Old 05-22-13, 10:06 PM   #2
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My doctor was almost giddy.
Nice!!

That said, best off if neither of you rationalize the weight situation. Ride on!
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Old 05-22-13, 10:33 PM   #3
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Glad to see you back posting and glad to see that you are cycling again. Little set backs occur but

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Old 05-23-13, 05:22 AM   #5
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Sorry to hear about your back problem . I had the same back problem last year and was on pain killer pills for months . I bought an inversion table to help take the pressure off my back . So far so good .
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Old 05-23-13, 06:14 AM   #6
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I have that nagging back pain on longer than 40 miles, but I know it's me, like you, from just being out of shape. Good luck on the come back.
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Old 05-23-13, 07:15 AM   #7
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My long ride back pain has nearly gone away since I started doing core strengthening workouts at the Y. Seems counterintuitive to me. I always felt that lifting weights would be bad for my back.
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Hi, SKT - glad to see you on the forum.

I am again using the inversion table. I have never stopped the core exercises. My L4;L5 fusion went very well, but the L3/L4 is showing signs of bulging and wear. The inversion table seems to help quite a bit. Also, I do a tremendous amount of core exercises, and some very specific back-spasm relieving stretches which help tremendously.

Good luck!!

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Old 05-23-13, 07:36 AM   #9
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Good to hear from you and glad to hear you are still riding (when you can) and that you are in good health. The ups and downs come. The important thing is to keep on keeping on.
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Old 05-23-13, 08:52 AM   #10
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It is good to see you post. Hopefully the need for Flexeril won't last long and you'll be out and about soon.
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Old 05-23-13, 11:54 AM   #11
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My long ride back pain has nearly gone away since I started doing core strengthening workouts at the Y. Seems counterintuitive to me. I always felt that lifting weights would be bad for my back.
Done properly, core strengthening exercise is precisely what you need for back problems. Keep up the good work!

I have rehabbed my unstable kneecaps, my Achilles tendon problems, and a rotator cuff flareup at the local Y.
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Good for you! I always enjoyed the pics you took time to share.
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Had my first day of PT today. Mostly, laying on a moist warm pad while some electro-stimulus was being applied. Right now I'm feeling pretty good and I haven't taken a Flexiril yet today. The 'roids and the 4" needle must be really kicking in right about now. The therapist gave me some exercises to start with and we'll see where it goes. Right about now, I'm planning on an easy 15-20 miler on Saturday.
According to my Ortho (a noted sports doctor who treated me two years ago), I've had a misaligned lower back from about the age of 15 or so. That actually explains a lot.
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