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Old 09-10-09, 10:20 AM
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Send some good wishes, please!

My run of bad luck continues.....

From Thursday through Monday I had a headcold and flu, which prompted me to cancel a 50 mile ride with Bautieri and all my other Labor Day plans. Tuesday and Wednesday I had a flare up of tendonitis in my left knee. Today I have lower back pain and a toothache. I haven't ridden in a week and I'm crabby beyond belief.

Rant over..... Perhaps I'll feel better and be able to ride this weekend.
 
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There's a saying used in sports that ties to running "It's not a sprint, it's a marathon".

To tie it to biking, maybe it should be "It's not a criterium, it's a grand tour".

Remember, while you're being impatient in the short term (and with winter approaching I COMPLETELY understand), your legs are using this valuable time to rest and heal.

if you're feeling the need to get some exercise, perhaps a nice easily paced couple mile walk, or driving to the gym to work on your arms in a way that doesnt stress your back?
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Feel better, big guy! One trick I do is find an alternative.

Today I'm grumpy because I decided NOT to ride... because we are having some nasty winds (running 18 in the middle of a park in the middle of the city and I ride right down by a river where the wind is always stronger) and I detest headwinds.

Sooo, I have been having some plantar fasciitis issues this summer, so I'm going to plop the orthotics in my sneakers and go for some power walking.
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Old 09-10-09, 11:24 AM
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Best wishes Neil, heal up and with any luck you'll be able to join me for the Running of the Goats.

You could start another one of those Victorian era murder mysteries you like so much.
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Old 09-10-09, 11:40 AM
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Obviously, believing in 'luck' is the root of your problems. I'd toss that to the curb in a heartbeat.
 
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Just think of all the glycogen you are replacing and healing of muscle tissue that's taking place.
After a 3 week break from cycling, the first ride back, I couldn't believe the energy reserves I had.
I wound up having the fastest avg time for that route ever! (over 2mph faster).
The speed has stuck around as well, though dropping down to 1.25 mph consistently faster than before.
I guess the pro's do it right with tapering their riding before events and/or taking 1 or 2 weeks off if they feel "stuck" in their training.
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I had about a 10 day break this summer and you are spot on... on my first ride back, I found I was powering up hills that previously had me panting... without near as much panting, more like heavy breathing.
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Just remember that it's just temporary in the grand scheme of things. It just seems worse with the impending winter and riding days are winding down.

Look on the bright side, I'm Eddy is enjoying the company.
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I empathize. I have been caging to school the past 2 days, after a horrid ride home Wednesday night (I managed not to puke on my handlebars). Hoping I'll feel well enough to ride again tomorrow.

Wishing you a quick and full recovery!
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I've had pulled back muscles, flu, cold, toothache, stitches in the mouth (oral surgery) and I'd rather ride than sit on my arse all week. I'd feel worse just sitting there wondering what it would be like to be out riding!

Plus I believe it's aids in the healing process!

Get out and ride, you'll feel better!
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Originally Posted by Mr. Beanz View Post
I've had pulled back muscles, flu, cold, toothache, stitches in the mouth (oral surgery) and I'd rather ride than sit on my arse all week. I'd feel worse just sitting there wondering what it would be like to be out riding!

Plus I believe it's aids in the healing process!

Get out and ride, you'll feel better!
Yes, I'm the guy who rode two days with a fractured rib, remember?

I should be riding later today. I'll bring back storm damage photos.
 
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I'll bring back storm damage photos.

Hopefully no pics of more damaged ribs!
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Hey Neil-Sorry your are feeling blue. May i suggest ordering Showtime - and if you have not watched-go watch Season1-3 of Dexter on On Demand.(or rent it) Alovely show.. he kills people (only those who deserve it)


Anyhoo hope you feel better!!
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Hope you feel better soon. I just recently got back on the bike after surgery and wouldn't you know I am sick as a dog. I'm just going to use the time to have the new Ultegra group put on my bike. That will make me feel better I hope.

I hope you can get back to regular riding soon. I know the crabby feeling not being able to ride can get uncomfortable quick.
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Ha, it was surgery on my southern end that allowed me to get back in the saddle this summer after about a decade off it!
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