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    A peloton of one
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    Hi from the Oregon Wine Country

    Hello from the Willamette Valley. I'm an older rider , not whippet thin, 55, who has been biking since I was a kid (Schwinn), then brought my transportation (Motobecane) to Oregon for college from the east coast. After a sojourn of 25 years on motorcycles, I came back to bikes again (LeMond). I ride 3-5 days a week, and I'll never stop. Bikes like skis, allow me two be two things I wouldn't normally be-fast and graceful, and I absolutely love their efficiency. On a ride this summer, I went into tachycardia, though I didn't know that at the time (I thought I was just bonking.) I rode home about 5 miles and went to the hospital when I realized something was wrong. Short version? I went into v-fib and was paddled twice back to life. I was told I had a genetic condition affecting part of my heart. The docs were amazed I rode 5 miles while this was going on, since apparently, after 5 minutes or so, most folks just collapse and die if not immediately attended to. The doc said if not for my condition from biking and hiking (mostly uphill) on a regular basis, I wouldn't be here now typing this. Talk about motivation! Anyway, I guess I'm a two wheel guy for life-literally. I'm a road guy and I love to watch racing on the tube. I'm a professional cook with a need to feed, now looking for the next opportunity.

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    Hello and WELCOME ! I like all that you've written; the old, the whippet blurb, the LeMond.. all of it. Except the health scare, you conquered that too so ....

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    Welcome to Bike Forums. Your story is a great testament to staying in shape! Check out the Fifty Plus and Pacific Northwest regional forums.
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    A peloton of one
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    Thanks

    Well, we all can't be just legs and lungs. I used to coach college runners and have tried to keep up with some of my mountain hiking charges, so envy is a pretty constant state. But then I get that golden opportunity to ride up behind someone riding only because their license is suspended. Those guys I can usually zip past! (Though I don't think they're ever impressed with me.) And why is it they always seem to be on mountain bikes? Good to hear from you.

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    just going for a ride... lbear's Avatar
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    Welcome to BF! There is something here for everyone.
    We have a bit in common, I live in the Willamette Valley (Hillsboro), I had Atrial fibrillation, I am 55 and ride a Lemond Sarthe. Welcome abroad - check out the Pacific Northwest forum.
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