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Old 05-01-19, 09:41 PM
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I'm really glad to hear from you. It all sounds much like mine (even the cold) except you're pushing yourself a lot harder. Be safe with your sternum... my surgeon went on a bit about it. You said you weren't symptomatic before, do you feel any improvement?

I went hard today but not because I really wanted to. I tried to catch a bike month kickoff event but it was really pushing it to make it home on time. So of course by the time they rolled out ten minutes after plan I was running late. I texted the nanny with my apologies and put the phone in a pocket on the pannier. A mile later I remembered to start my Strava - no phone. So I backtracked slowly against traffic for a mile and luckily found it, but now I was really late. Pushed really hard, hard as I have since I returned to work. Arrived home to a flooded backyard - I opened the filler on the pool this morning and the toilet valve that works it failed to stop filling it. And after my wife got home and I told her about all this she informed me it was the nanny's daughter's birthday. Adult daughter but still. Nanny gets an extra half hour and a big tip.
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@Tundra_Man - Sounds like some pretty rough days there, but I'm glad to hear you're home and on a good path to recovery. Don't overdo it and know that time and rest are excellent healers.

A good morning ride in today for another 15 miles. Some wind slowed me down a bit.
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Old 05-02-19, 07:36 AM
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This morning seemed like "Test the Cyclist" day on the road. Three blocks from home, a school bus turned right onto the street I was coming down, going wide and taking the whole dang street. Two blocks later on, a lady drives right into her parking place -- barely turning the steering wheel to make a right and left turn, without looking, of course. Couple miles on and it's a cement truck blocking four lanes getting ready to back into the construction site, followed by the trash pickup truck driving over to the left side of the road to stop, and I'm watching him thinking, "Do I need to go up this driveway to get away?" Not a block further, as I'm getting ready to turn left, the lady coming out of the stop sign... doesn't stop. Any one of those would be a regular once a week occurrence, or once every two weeks, but all in one day?

Compared to @tundra Man my complaints are minor, of course. And I survived this "skills course," so I guess I passed.

The last few miles were enough to decompress. Cool day but no unpleasantly so, high haze, and NO MORE CRAZY DRIVERS! Well, almost enough.
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Old 05-02-19, 08:35 AM
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@Tundra_Man glad to hear from you. Take it easy and let your body recover... you don't want to over do it.


I rode 18 miles this morning. I was a touch late to clock in but it was so pretty and I felt good riding.
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@Tundra_Man, thank you so much for weighing in. You are so brave and determined, it's an inspiration.

I was late for a bus to go upstate on Monday night. I took the trip only to vote in the special election for county executive where voter turnout was abysmal. I had to run for the bus. I never run, because my form is awful, and my joints are not conditioned for it. But I ran. And now my right knee hurts terribly. I rode yesterday, and it was very painful. I'm taking a rest today.

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Old 05-02-19, 09:50 AM
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I'm really glad to hear from you. It all sounds much like mine (even the cold) except you're pushing yourself a lot harder. Be safe with your sternum... my surgeon went on a bit about it. You said you weren't symptomatic before, do you feel any improvement?
So far, I haven't noticed any improvement. In fact, right now during the recovery phase I'm losing my breath a lot faster than I used to. Perhaps once I'm completely healed I'll feel a difference, but it certainly hasn't been night and day like many people I've talked to have experienced.

I think that fact made day two after the surgery that much harder. I was in an incredible amount of pain and I had a hard time understanding why I allowed them to do this to me. However, now that I'm a week out and the pain is quite manageable I can understand that even though I wasn't symptomatic, the leaky valve was starting to damage my heart and I got it fixed before that damage made the problem that much worse. So in the long run the surgery was the right decision.

One difference I definitely notice is how my heart sounds. During those times at night when you can hear your heart beating, it used to be more of dull thud with a whooshing sound. Now it's a definite "wham" every time my heart beats, leaving no doubt that the valve has closed and isn't letting any blood flow backwards like it used to. I can also sometimes hear the "click" of the mechanical valve opening and closing, which isn't troublesome, just an interesting observance.
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Hang on there, Tundra_Man! I can’t give you any advice but to take it easy, day by day.
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Old 05-02-19, 11:05 AM
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Yes, @Tundra_Man, it's good to hear from you. Sounds like the worst is behind you...
@pdlamb, some days it just seems like karma has it out for you. Luckily some days feel like the opposite is happening...

I just checked the weather on my phone and saw an air quality warning, so I guess I'll be breathing in a lot of crap tonight.
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Old 05-02-19, 03:08 PM
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Almost traction-rolled the trike this morning. So much for, "won't fall over." Gotta start wearing a helmet with it after all
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Old 05-02-19, 03:35 PM
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First commute in a week. Hurt my foot last Thursday, worked from home on Friday, and friends and family offered me rides Monday thru yesterday, and since it rained all 3 days I didn’t see any sense in declining the rides. Foot is better, knees were starting to feel a little funky after 7 days of basically no riding. Muggy today and a little rain but nice.
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Old 05-03-19, 07:17 AM
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Misty clouds hanging low this morning. Enough to fog up my glasses and make me take them off for the last few miles.
Glad it's Friday!

I have to drive 500+ miles to western Kentucky this weekend. I'm meeting my wife's grandmother to pick up a miniature schnauzer puppy and bring it home. Then driving 500 miles back home. Not looking forward to that much driving as I haven't done a long trip like that for a long time. My rear and hamstrings get unhappy sitting for long times in a car.

But hey - PUPPY!
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It takes a certain amount of hope to get out of bed in the morning (either that, or the bladder's full). It takes some courage to get out on the roads with all the other traffic to go to work, and a certain amount of confidence in my skills to ride the bike in.

So what does it mean to ride the rain bike on a beautiful day just because the weather man says thunderstorms are likely this afternoon?

Showers came through overnight, cleared the air and cooled it down. Bright sun, hardly a cloud in the sky -- except maybe over to the southwest where they're building up? The other traffic was pretty well behaved as well -- it's a great day to be on the bike! (Even if it is the rain bike.)
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well wife gave the okay for the me to ride extra tonight! I took her up on it. I took a ten mile commute and made it a 25.4 mile adventure. I rode some gravel and have to admit that my new bike is perfect for gravel riding. I can't wait to ride it without panniers and the extra weight.



ended the week with 137.9 miles -> not bad for four days of riding!
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Back on the bike after more than 2 weeks off playing nursemaid to my wife who had major surgery. I don't look forward to the first few rides after a few days off - was dreading this one after more than 2 weeks. Fortunately, the weather is nice (47 this morning and 70 predicted this afternoon) and I know I'll be back in the swing of it in a couple days. Looks like I even get a tailwind for the ride home!
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I miss getting snow down here, but today I didn't mind the climate.

Combination of Tenth of May cold spell and blackberry winter, I suppose, left me with a choice of long or short sleeve jersey. The weatherman says it'll be up to the 80s this afternoon, so short sleeve it was. I had to zip it all the way up, it was so chilly.

Quiet ride, and all the green grass and trees were peaceful. I'd do it again if my legs weren't telling me, "That's not a good idea after the weekend!"
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55F and sunny. Remembered my keys, so I could get into the office (good thing, the guy I waited for last week to let me in is out sick today), but I forgot my computer. So, took a company car back home to get it. Now I am recombobulating and the week should be ready to begin.
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Had a rental car to return this morning. Took both wheels off and fit the bike into the back seat. Enterprise is only about 1.5 miles from my office, but I managed to find a 3.25 mile route including a swing by the ATM.
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The same minivan did the long honk as they passed, starting from way behind and not stopping until past me. I waved as they passed. I thought how it'd be funny if I could recognize them walking on the sidewalk sometime and I could just yell, "Hooooonnnnnnnkkk," as I passed them.
A nice morning for some miles on the bike. I left early enough to ride 16 miles, one of my longest rides this year.
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Traffic karma caught up with me today. For every unexpected green light I've hit in the last week or two, I think I hit a red today, or had to wait for a long line of traffic to turn.

Nevertheless, it was clear, sunny, and after I escaped the traffic mess, the last third of ride turned out OK!
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I can tell it's Spring by the number of people on the trails who have no sense of anything around them. I guess that's the trade off for pleasant weather!
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Had to stay a little late at work last night, and 1st avenue was nearly deserted around 8:45pm, making for a really brisk and pleasant ride home.

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I can tell it's Spring by the number of people on the trails who have no sense of anything around them. I guess that's the trade off for pleasant weather!
Exactly. It's finally warm enough to ditch the gloves and some other heavy clothing... and now there are people everywhere doing completely senseless things...
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50F, sunny. Took a pretty direct route this morning. Extended detours both ways yesterday.
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Hi everyone.

Glad to announce that I'm finally back on the streets, together with my faithful Thunder Child, after a prolonged and painful stop due to a medical condition.


Italy is back in the game.
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Called in to an early east-coast meeting before the kiddos got up, then did the school run with the preschooler. Came home and did a lazy ride into the office. https://www.strava.com/activities/2349232196

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