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Old 02-28-10, 06:19 PM   #1
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Getting the itch...

After a bad year... Knee surgery, cardiac catheterization (with stents), etc. Haven't been on a bike since last Summer late.
Everything is seemingly shaping up, however; I've been lifting weights to stabilize the knee and gain some strength, and the weather is improving....May be in the 50s next week.

Gotta get the old roadster out of the shed.
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Old 03-02-10, 05:13 PM   #2
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Awesome. Nothing like some forced down time to revive the enthusiasm. Happy riding!
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Old 03-02-10, 05:39 PM   #3
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The nice thing about going through something like you've been through is it makes riding and exertion all the sweeter.
I never appreciated riding fast and long this much until my two back surgeries 3 years ago. Good luck reining-in-the-ponies and building yourself back up gently!
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Old 03-02-10, 08:12 PM   #4
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im with you except for the health issues...

bikes have been parked for months, the weather is starting to break. still a little chilly for me and the snow is far from gone but I am getting the urge to bring the bikes out. trainer time just isnt the same.
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Old 03-04-10, 07:04 AM   #5
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every year is a gift. good luck
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Old 03-04-10, 10:16 AM   #6
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i don't know what i would do if i couldn't ride a bike everyday
my bike on sunday broke down, derailleur issues. i was having a fit, until later in the day i borrowed my brother's bike and have been using that.
bike store says it will be at least a week before my bike is ready. i couldn't see going without a bike for a whole week, what torture
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Old 03-04-10, 10:19 AM   #7
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thus the argument for a back-up bike or bikes. things happen and sometimes it takes a while to resolve an issue.
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Old 03-04-10, 02:00 PM   #8
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Had a spell from 99 to 01 when everything seemed to go wrong. Kept riding but I lost a bit of enthusiasm. Nearly gave up mountain biking to go Road and take an easier time. So in 02 I set myself a target. I was going to do a ride in the middle of 03 and it was a ride I had done before. One very hard ride that I had last done on 97 and I can assure you it was hard. Problem was that I did not have the fitness so it down to a training regime. I had to build up from a low base so I started going to the Gym- got an extra 20 mile ride or two in each week and upped the milage on my weekend rides. It took about 6 months but at the end of May I had the fitness back that I had lost. Midsummers day and I did the ride. 400 riders on 100 miles offroad and 10,000ft of climbing in one day (Said it was a hard ride) Only the usual 50% finished and I was one of them.

So set a target. Don't go as mad as I did but set that target for late summer. Train for it and go. It will be hard and will take a lot out of you but it will be worth it.

And that layoff I had for 2 years- Bypass and cancer ---and I also have crooked knees from my youth. If I could do it- then so can you. Just get the training to be progressive and don't try and do it all at once.
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