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Not much to most here but huge for me.

Old 10-26-19, 11:56 AM
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Not much to most here but huge for me.

As a child I rode a bike as a means of transportation, fun and an escape from a lousy family life. I rode until I was in my 30's and blew out a disc on my right side that caused enough nerve damage that I lost 80% of the muscle on the front of my right lower leg and 20% of my right thigh. In 2001 I blew out a disc and lost the use of both of the front muscles groups on my left leg. If I bent my leg at the knee I fell down. Imagine how I found that out, what a surprise. The surgeon that cut the disc away from the nerves told me he could not repair it again so don't screw it up. Needless to say I was no longer allowed to practice martial arts, bike, lift weights, and had to curtail many of the types of work I did in my Plumbing company. Thankfully I found a Physical Therapist that was using a new Yoga based therapy that changed my life. Fast forward to 2014, retirement and a move to NC and decided to try biking again. Bought a very used Schwinn, sold that and bought a Quick 7, then a Quick3, and recently a Topstone.
I had a goal to hit 1000 miles this year but had some health issues that were trying to throw a wrench in the works but I can say that today I crossed the goal off my list. 1002.6 miles as of today and yes, I am counting the .6 damn it. Now I hope to get in another 100 + or so but the weather here can turn on a dime so no promises. I will be shooting for 1500 next year and will try to have it done by my 72nd birthday on the 11th of October.
Thanks for reading all of my ramblings, Frank.
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Old 10-26-19, 12:25 PM
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Well done Frank. Many of us card carrying oldsters have health issues of some sort. I have found that remaining as active as possible helps with those issues. In my case, a near life long back problem has been reduced in severity with strengthening core muscles. The same is true of a sometimes troublesome right knee so that overall, staying as strong and flexible as possible keeps me mobile and active. It is not always easy but at 81 y.o., it is necessary as you have also found. Bern
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Old 10-26-19, 02:06 PM
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I know that accomplishment feels great. Good on ya! I have had four back surgeries and, fortunately, I have done well. Bicycling is a huge part of my life and I ride more now than I ever did in my younger years. All that should matter to you is the goals you set and the accomplishment of getting there.
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Old 10-26-19, 03:09 PM
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You've overcome more physically than most of us ever will. Chapeau! And keep on pedalling.
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Old 10-26-19, 04:39 PM
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Excellent! Way to go, Frank!
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Old 10-27-19, 06:40 AM
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Great to hear you're riding and fighting through the health issues!! It is "much to most here"--at least to this fellow cyclist! Gives all of us encouragement and motivation to keep on riding. Congrats on working through it all.
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Old 10-27-19, 06:47 AM
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Congrats on your 1000 miles Frank. I'm guessing you have some sort of computer to keep track?
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Old 10-27-19, 06:55 AM
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Originally Posted by Ballenxj View Post
Congrats on your 1000 miles Frank. I'm guessing you have some sort of computer to keep track?
I use Strava free app on my phone and it shows the accumulated miles, elevation, etc along with you current rides.
Looking into if a dedicated bike computer would be better but right now this is all I need.
Frank.
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Old 10-27-19, 07:08 AM
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Originally Posted by Helderberg View Post
I use Strava free app on my phone and it shows the accumulated miles, elevation, etc along with you current rides.
Looking into if a dedicated bike computer would be better but right now this is all I need.
Frank.
I use to use simple Cateye computers. They were simple but seemed to work. Wish I had kept track of total mileage. All these years later I went wireless with a Garmin Edge 520. It makes it easy to transfer from bike to bike. Now all I have to do is start using it.
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Old 10-27-19, 07:19 AM
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@Helderberg, Ride On Brother of the Cog. Well done.
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I don't know how to take a screen shot but here is a shot of my screen. Thanks all and ride safe.

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Old 10-27-19, 07:41 AM
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Huge for anyone, to overcome such things. Do you have knobbies on your Topstone? Do you ever ride on trails?

And I see from your screenshot you do a bit of climbing.
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Old 10-27-19, 07:45 AM
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I don't know how to take a screen shot but here is a shot of my screen. Thanks all and ride safe.

Nice, and that's a lot of climbing over those miles.
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Old 10-27-19, 08:52 AM
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Way to go, Frank. Major accomplishment and very inspiring in light of what you have been through. Congratulations.
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Old 10-27-19, 09:04 AM
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Thank you all for the responses. As far as climbing goes, unfortunately/fortunately I can not leave my driveway without going up or down hill. It has been great for the days I can not get in 1.5 hours on the bike. I just do the hill to my left or right a few times and get the workout in for my legs and lungs.
The tires on the Topstone are the stock WTB Riddler TCS Light, 700 x 37c and the tires on the Quick 3 are the stock Schwalbe Spicer, 700x30c.
The Schwalbe's are near their end but the Topstone's are very new. I have been trying out some trails but most of what I have done off road has been just that off road but have yet to get on a true trail. Looking forward to that now as I have gotten what I think I need to get out and away from home with spare tubes, pump, etc.
Frank.

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Old 10-27-19, 11:21 AM
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Frank, I want to be you when I grow up!

Never say "enough"....
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I suspect the first 1000 mile year is a big deal for everyone, especially with all that climbing, especially with that surgical background. Congratulations!
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Thank you all for the kind words and encouragement.
Frank.
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Awesome!!! Congrats!!!
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You got up and you conquered
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Old 10-28-19, 04:46 AM
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my biggest fear is a lack of mobility. i feel that inaction and too much sitting around/sedentary time contributes to a lack of mobility.
have a long-standing back problem but as soon as i'm able to go, i try to go. even if it's just for a short spell. atrophy is real.
good for you. may your mileage/results be even greater in 2020.
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Frank, congrats on your journey.

Almost all of us here are ready and willing to give advice and support to anyone who comes looking for it. This may be an overstatement, but the world would probably be a better place if people took your lead and tried to better their lives in a constructive and healthful way. Too many people are all too willing to just give up and accept the aging process as something that nothing can be done about. We have all proven them wrong.
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Frank, congrats on your journey.

Almost all of us here are ready and willing to give advice and support to anyone who comes looking for it. This may be an overstatement, but the world would probably be a better place if people took your lead and tried to better their lives in a constructive and healthful way. Too many people are all too willing to just give up and accept the aging process as something that nothing can be done about. We have all proven them wrong.
I come here to the 50+ forum as it is the most supportive and inspiring of the list of possibilities at Bikeforums in my opinion. In truth, the posts I have read here have inspired me to keep going and pushing to achieve more. I also realize I have actually aged out of this forum and should be in the 68 group but I guess my ego just won't let me go there. At some point I will have to face the facts but for now I will keep riding and posting here with my ego in tact.
Thanks again to all of you and realize that you all have been the inspiration to so many of us to just keep going.
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As a child I rode a bike as a means of transportation, fun and an escape from a lousy family life. I rode until I was in my 30's and blew out a disc on my right side that caused enough nerve damage that I lost 80% of the muscle on the front of my right lower leg and 20% of my right thigh. In 2001 I blew out a disc and lost the use of both of the front muscles groups on my left leg. If I bent my leg at the knee I fell down. Imagine how I found that out, what a surprise. The surgeon that cut the disc away from the nerves told me he could not repair it again so don't screw it up. Needless to say I was no longer allowed to practice martial arts, bike, lift weights, and had to curtail many of the types of work I did in my Plumbing company. Thankfully I found a Physical Therapist that was using a new Yoga based therapy that changed my life. Fast forward to 2014, retirement and a move to NC and decided to try biking again. Bought a very used Schwinn, sold that and bought a Quick 7, then a Quick3, and recently a Topstone.
I had a goal to hit 1000 miles this year but had some health issues that were trying to throw a wrench in the works but I can say that today I crossed the goal off my list. 1002.6 miles as of today and yes, I am counting the .6 damn it. Now I hope to get in another 100 + or so but the weather here can turn on a dime so no promises. I will be shooting for 1500 next year and will try to have it done by my 72nd birthday on the 11th of October.
Thanks for reading all of my ramblings, Frank.
Take it from me, that is great. I remember back 6-7 years ago I got back on the bike to return a Redbox DVD. The store was "only' 7 miles. I had to stop 3 times to get there and rest. Then on the way back, I just could not go on and had to call the SAG wagon driven by the wife. 7 years later, that is the only time I have had to call any SAG wagon to pick me up. Talk about a humbling experience.

That first year was really tough but I kept records and I encourage anyone to keep records because in a few months you can look back on where you were compared to where you are now.

It is a slog but keep going. All of us in here have faced similar situations either starting or getting back on the bike. One thing for sure is that things do not come easy at over 50 unless you are talking about laying on the couch. It is now hard work along with the mental part of it.

Again, congrats. Keep up the work. Get to a spin class if you can once the weather turns. I am in SC and can only ride is the weather is right, on the weekend. So, I am a slave to the spin bike for the next couple of months. At least it keeps my legs moving. After having come so far, it s scary to think of starting all over again. That keeps me moving. Hopefully your back cooperates!

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It's a big deal Frank. Good for you and keep it up.
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