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Old 10-21-09, 08:24 PM
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Tough Restart

So, after lung surgery, sixe chemo treatments and 5 weeks of rest yesterda was my first commute back on the bike. I actually had to lengthen it from before treatment started, so it was 16 miles one way, with a bit of climbing. Wow, was I tired. I seriously wondered if I was going to make the last mile on the way in, as it was uphill (heck, more like incline) and I was struggling. I made it, put my bike in the locker and took the train the rest of the way. I was exhausted at work and never really recoverd. I seriously thought about taking the offers of a ride home, but it was so nice, I decided to try to make it home. I hit the bridge and hit a small headwind (very slight), the bridge is uphill for a mile and man did I just want to quit and call for a ride. I slowly clawed my way to the top (wondering why I took my single speed). There is a hill I have to go up after the bridge, so I promised myself I would call for a ride there. I got to it and thought, why not try it, I can always walk up and stow my pride if I fall apart. Luckily I made it to the top and the rest is flat or downhill. The miles went slow, but I got there.

So the first 32 miles under my belt for the restart. I cant believe how much I have lost since the treatment restart. I took today off as my legs were dead. So back on the bike tomorrow. Im looking forward to it, though I know it will hurt again. I was actually so tired, I couldnt actually go fast enough up the hill to breath very hard, lol, total body fatigue.

Anyway, good luck tomorrow all, wish me a tail wind both ways.
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Old 10-21-09, 08:34 PM
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VERY proud of your attitude man!!! thats the spirit! but don't over exert yourself, kimmo is hardcore, and all the chemicals used for treating you must still be very present in your system. Did you tell your Doc. about commuting?
Still, good to have you back in one piece!
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WOW Sounds like you toughed it out. Did you have part of a lung removed or were there tumors. Man you got my admiration for sure. Keep up the good work but don't overdo.
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Old 10-21-09, 08:38 PM
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Cheese and crackers kid! Ease into it! Seriously, good for you. Here's wishing a tailwind for you no matter what your direction.
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Colon cancer, followed by six months of chemo. Bad luck, found in my lungs six months later, lower right lob removed. Did half the recommended 12 treatments, and called it good. Prognosis, who knows.

Well, it may be a bit aggressive, but I have a couple physical goals I want to accomplish this year, so Im in get tough or die trying mode. lol.

Thanks for the support.
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If I ever start whining again, somebody slap me. Best of luck to you.
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Old 10-21-09, 09:04 PM
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Good luck on your commute and on the cancer fight. Very inspiring attitude you have. Do you mind sharing the goals you'd like to accomplish?
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The first ride is always the hardest! You rock!
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May all your winds be at your tail, and all your uphills be followed by downs. Very inspiring, thanks.
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Wow. Next time I'm whining because it's raining, I'm gonna dismount and kick myself square in the arse.

You've just made my hero list.

Keep fighting the good fight and thanks for putting things in perspective.
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You are the man. Good luck in all the riding you do.
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Be good to yourself, enjoy the ride, and kick the everlovin' crap out of cancer. Live STRONG!
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Wow! Go man, go!

Good luck with the goals!
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Damn, dude, you're one tough MOFO. Good luck, welcome back, and have fun.
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Old 10-22-09, 07:27 AM
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Damn! Just plain damn! I swear to all that's holy I'll never whine about my commute (or being sore) again.
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Top's me..... I'm just dealing with a chronic pinched nerve in my shoulder.
 
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Very inspiring. Best of luck in your recovery.
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Holy crap, we've been graced by the presence of Chuck Norris!! Are your legs really named Law and Order?

I'm printing this thread, and will make myself read it every time I even think about complaining about my commute ever again.

Dude, you're hardcore. I would say good luck with all that you do, but I figure everything will turn out okay for you no matter what, because you said so.
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Magnificent! Are you going to use a geared bike for future rides?
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outstanding! - you have inspired me to quit my belly aching and get back on the bike!
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Good one ya!
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Well, I dont think I am worthy of all the praise, but thanks! Feels good to back on the bike again, well except for the hills on the way home where I swore I would take the bus next time. lol.

It was easier yesterday, not alot, but a little. I am riding pretty slow it seems and constantly tell myself to save my energy for the tough sections. The flats while not fast either, feel great. In all honesty, I would just soon the whole ride was flat!

So it ended up being just Tuesday and Thursday this week. Still, a bit over 60 miles so a good start I felt. Im still working on my gear. I rode all last year, but my commute was just 5 miles or so one way, so I could be a bit flakier on what I rode in. Im thinking I may need a wool jersey or shirt for this commute.

Someone asked about what goals I refered to. Well I have two. One to get in good enough shape to grace the cover of mens magazine (long term goal, rofl, and not likely), but he real goal is the ride Cycle Oregon next year. I was signed up with a buddy this year, but had to cancel. I thought I might be able to make a go of it until the third treatment. At that point I went back out on the bike and knew I simply could not ride that many miles, or even come close. So, Im working my way towards that goal.

Pouring down rain this morning, glad Im not working today. lol.
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If I ever start whining again, somebody slap me. Best of luck to you.
+1, this story is my inspiration for today. Congrats!
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Old 10-23-09, 03:54 PM
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I would also suggest taking it a little easy in the beginning and build up your strength.

Take care!
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Well commute number three has come and gone. Morning ride was unremarkable with the possible exception of the young gal who politely said hi to me as she blasted by on her mountain bike. Sigh, those were the days. Other thing of interest was seeing a late 80's Cannondale that looked original. Bike was in nice condition.

Ride home looked to be without rain, so I dumped the rain pants and headed out in the shorts. I hit the bridge feeling pretty strong, as soon as I hit the bridge the wind started and so did the rain. If there is a god, he has a cruel sense of humor. Even on the first day, I had climbed the uphill section at 10mph. Today I was fighting to hold 7mph. The gusts would cut me down to below 6mph. One gust dropped me below 5mph and I thought I might topple over as the second one hit me. I unclipped as I thought I might go down and stopped. The wind really blew for about another 30 seconds then let up enough for me to resume. It soon became apparent that I would succeed or fail standing, as I simply didnt have the horsepower to sit and grind up. 2/3rds up I promised myself I had given it a hell of an effort today and that I just needed to cross the bridge and call it. I crawled the rest the way up, churning the pedals at a slow walking speed while standing. I figured why not atleast look at the bottom of the next hill. Got there, smiled to myself as I thought "This is going to hurt a bit" and started up. The wind was just a breeze once off the bridge, so I crested the top with some effort. Nothing of interest after that, I dawdled home. 3 rides down, a lifetime to go. smile

Suprising how much stronger I was even after just two rides last week. Im pretty sure I would not have been able to make the top in this wind last week. For now Im sticking with 2 rides a week, totalling about 60 miles. A good start, and even if I just carry this amount of riding through till the spring, I think I will have a good base for a successful summer.
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