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Old 03-01-13, 11:42 AM   #5726
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Sorry I haven't been around lately. My wife and I have been busy assisting parents during a time of needs. Everything is OK for now, but sooner rather than later they need to understand that their multi floor home is not the right place for them anymore. I'm also battling a cold.

I just got into the 2013 Nov 2nd Iceman Cometh XC mtb race! The race fills up within a few hours. Looking at this year's race's web page I can't believe it! There were 4,500 riders and many spectators there last year. They put up about 15 pictures of the race and festivities and I get caught being cold, beat and dehydrated while standing by the empty beer kegs. I told my wife that it must be a "photoshop thingie".

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Our temperature will be in the 70s today and a race with the word Iceman in it seems wrong. That is definitely a HTFU race. It seems perfect for a guy who cuts holes in the ice and drops a line in the water hoping to catch something.
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for a guy who cuts holes in the ice and drops a line in the water hoping to catch something.
I don't hope..., I anticipate the catch. Hoping only causes confusion when the bite happens.
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There is no hope. There is only catch, or catch not.
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Pretty much like choosing a line in a turn. You go now, or it aint there no more.
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Or hitting a hole during a sprint.
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You can say that again!

We have two fellas in our club who randoneer quite a lot. They train by putting 100 pounds or so of ROCKS in their panniers and backpacks and then doing hammer rides with the club. Monsters, both. Both named Ed. Dos Ediots.
There was a guy I knew growing up who trained by riding out from Davis to lake berryessa (I think this means he rode up Cardiac Hill)
on a bike with no seat... I'm not sure which of these is crazier.
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on a bike with no seat... I'm not sure which of these is crazier.
They're all crazy! But, Dos Ediots are two of the sweetest guys I know.
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Maybe a bit late to say so, but good luck to everyone racing this weekend! Kick ass and keep the rubber side down.
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Thanks AZ - it's race day for me! 11.5 mile flat time trial up by the Wyoming border. Haven't pinned on a number since my crash last August, so I'm glad this is a TT not a crit.

In other news, sewage backed up into my (finished) basement on Thursday, and today the contractors are coming out to dig out my front yard and put in a new lateral to the street. I hope I come home and my beautiful Ohio Buckeye tree is still standing, they are going to try to save it but the existing pipe runs directly under it. Interesting lesson in landscaping - think 10 years ahead to where the roots are going to be w/r/t the sewer main.

Not really what I want to be thinking about during my race.
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AJet, I missed your message up top. Good luck with your parents. It's a tough deal, but you will all come to a conclusion about what is best. There is no best for everyone.

My mother has a cash offer for her house, which was destroyed by Sandy. It is at the bottom of the acceptable amount and about $50K above the comps in the neighborhood. Now I have to find her a real estate attorney, interview them, set the stage, and get a P&S written up. I will work this sale remotely and come down for the closing. Right now she is living with my brother's girlfriend's father, who has Alzheimer's. The GF is home with them 4 days/wk. She goes home with them on the weekends. Our relationship with my sister deteriorated to the breaking point. We had to get Mom out of her house. It has fractured the family.
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I'm sorry to hear that. I had the same experience when my mom's alzheimers got to where she could not live alone. My sister and I are no longer speaking and I am taking care of mom. I'm told by people in elder care that it's common.
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AJ, I too am sorry to hear about your ordeal with your parents. It is a tough deal, as Shovel said. It won't be easy, but you will get to the best solution. Good luck, my friend.

Valygrl, I too hope your Buckeye tree will be okay! You're right, why is a pipe right underneath a tree? Fingers are crossed for you. AND, you GO GIRL on that race! GOOD LUCK!!!
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AJ... I got in the Iceman Cometh as well. Sold out in 32 minutes! Barry Roubaix and Battenkill are looming as is the Mohican 100. What the hell happened to spring in N. Ohio...?
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Sorry to hear about the parent issues, guys. My wife is dealing with it as well. After a bad fall, TallWife's mom was suddenly having severe dementia and could no longer live alone, so she is in a care facility, yet still falls frequently. There has been some family drama, but everyone is (barely for some of them) talking.
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AJ... I got in the Iceman Cometh as well. Sold out in 32 minutes! Barry Roubaix and Battenkill are looming as is the Mohican 100. What the hell happened to spring in N. Ohio...?
I'm entered in 3 or the 4 races on your list. No way I'll be doing a 100 mile mtb race with + 11,000" climbing. My brother-in-law Dave J. will be racing all 4 and is in your age group. He will be mtb racing in Utah in two weeks when we do our Barry Roubaix camp in Western PA. I like how they have scheduled the rider waves at the Barry Roubaix and relocated the race start this year. Our wave last year had 3 age groups in addition to the fat tire and single speed guys, totaling over 500 riders killing themselves for a good spot when the race went to double track about 2 miles in.

Last year I don't think I missed out on any big training days scheduled to ride outside. I bailed on today's 2 x 15' HC Z4 intervals.(partly due to the cold I have) 25 degrees, windy and snowing just isn't my favorite riding weather. Tomorrow I'll be doing the 3 hr group fixie ride under similar conditions. I put a 50 ring on the cross bike and mounted some Kenda Happy Medium tires on it today. Starting next week I’ll begin morphing from the fixie bike to the cross bike.
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First races of the season tomorrow. New team, new bike, just no power. I'll get there. The bike is really fast, though. Once I get into race shape I am going to have a lot of fun in M55+.
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Sorry to hear about the parent issues, guys. My wife is dealing with it as well. After a bad fall, TallWife's mom was suddenly having severe dementia and could no longer live alone, so she is in a care facility, yet still falls frequently. There has been some family drama, but everyone is (barely for some of them) talking.
Hi, really sorry to hear about the issues with caring for parents in their later years. I will definitely talk with my siblings about this after hearing what all of you are going through.

Fortunately my 80+ parents are doing OK and they are living in a single-story house in a retirement community. My Mom is recovering well from hip replacement surgery that she had just before Thanksgiving. There was a minor but notable complication from the surgery but everything is progressing well now. Two of my three siblings live in SoCal as do my parents who moved here after retiring. All of us took turns staying with my parents for the first couple of weeks after my Mom's surgery and so far everyone has been cooperating well.

Again, thanks for sharing so that I can prepare better for the future.

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Thanks AZ - it's race day for me! 11.5 mile flat time trial up by the Wyoming border. Haven't pinned on a number since my crash last August, so I'm glad this is a TT not a crit.

In other news, sewage backed up into my (finished) basement on Thursday, and today the contractors are coming out to dig out my front yard and put in a new lateral to the street. I hope I come home and my beautiful Ohio Buckeye tree is still standing, they are going to try to save it but the existing pipe runs directly under it. Interesting lesson in landscaping - think 10 years ahead to where the roots are going to be w/r/t the sewer main.

Not really what I want to be thinking about during my race.
valygrl, we had a similar problem in our prior house. Fortunately it was early enough that we were able to clear the roots from the line without further drama before selling the house a couple of years later. Best of luck with your tree and hope your "comeback" race went well.
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Hi, really sorry to hear about the issues with caring for parents in their later years. I will definitely talk with my siblings about this after hearing what all of you are going through.
Get power of attorney for both of them. And healthcare power of attorney so you can make medical decisions for them when they can't. Discuss everything (end of life, burial, financial) with them so whoever is the responsible person knows what their wishes are. When I did it wirh my mom I made it clear that it was whatever she wanted, I did not have any opinions what her wishes should be. The default is to try to keep people alive even when they are suffering or are vegetative, so if someone wants to not go through that they need to have a POLST signed and notarized.

Since there are multiple siblings get PoA for more than one of you, in case things change.

I found this great web site that has a lot of info for this kind of stuff- it's aimed at people doing it for themselves not their parents but the issues are the same.
The forum software will probably censor the name but lets try: http://getyour****together.org/

edit: ok that didn't work, but you can guess the four letter "s word" in the middle.

It's written by a women whose husband was a cyclist and died on a training ride. They didn't have wills or any sort of planning so she had a lot of stuff to deal with, and wants to help people do it before they need it.
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Get power of attorney for both of them. And healthcare power of attorney so you can make medical decisions for them when they can't. Discuss everything (end of life, burial, financial) with them so whoever is the responsible person knows what their wishes are. When I did it wirh my mom I made it clear that it was whatever she wanted, I did not have any opinions what her wishes should be. The default is to try to keep people alive even when they are suffering or are vegetative, so if someone wants to not go through that they need to have a POLST signed and notarized.

Since there are multiple siblings get PoA for more than one of you, in case things change.

I found this great web site that has a lot of info for this kind of stuff- it's aimed at people doing it for themselves not their parents but the issues are the same.
The forum software will probably censor the name but lets try: http://getyour****together.org/

edit: ok that didn't work, but you can guess the four letter "s word" in the middle.

It's written by a women whose husband was a cyclist and died on a training ride. They didn't have wills or any sort of planning so she had a lot of stuff to deal with, and wants to help people do it before they need it.
This is really good advice.

Sadly, I've been through this. When my Dad had early onset alzheimers, Mom did most of the care for him (we didn't know how much of a saint she was till later). She learned a lot from that and had her affairs in order, so that when she had a brain tumor later, we kids just had to support her, not deal with this C**P.

My heart goes out to all of you dealing with this, especially if its causing strife in the family.

One other thought, if its an option, consider having them set up a living trust. That worked out really well in our case.
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We are all set with the legal stuff. Fortunately my mother has her wits about her, so no issues. She has had both hips replaced and cataract surgery. Otherwise, she is just a normal 85 year old woman.
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Speaking of surgery, the glaucoma in my left eye has progressed to the point where eyedrops are no longer sufficient. I will be having laser surgery on Monday to try and blast the pigment out of the drain holes in my eye. Both my eye doctor and surgeon are cyclists, club members, and know all about my racing. They have assured me that this surgery will not affect my training and racing.
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I mentioned that the warranty replacement Quarq sent me two weeks ago is exhibiting the same problem as the one they had replaced: drastic under-reporting of power. So I sent them a data file, pointed out (nicely) that I am a consistent supporter of their products, but was struggling with not having consistently accurate power, and was there maybe an option where I could get upgraded to one of the newer models at a discounted cost? Being reasonable is often a great approach - they are replacing my original Cinqo Saturn model with a "Riken 10R". And they are doing the swap using overnight, at their expense, so I will have it back for this weekend. Gotta love the service, and I certainly hope it works reliably. One advantage of the new model is that you can change rings without having to recalibrate. That's a nice feature, but of course it's worthless is you don't get reliable data.
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