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Old 02-17-16, 08:40 AM
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I just turned 70, so I guess I'm okay here!
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Old 02-17-16, 04:00 PM
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Originally Posted by Crewchief911
I just turned 70, so I guess I'm okay here!
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Old 02-17-16, 04:02 PM
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It was 2 months ago today I did my last ride before my surgery. I rode from the Withlacoochee Trail Hernando trailhead to Inverness Bicycle and Fitness. Visited with Sherry (the owner) for about 20-30 minutes then headed north to Hernando. My sit bones did ok but the nether regions were a bit touchy from not riding I suppose. Didn't want to overdo it so only rode 10.8 miles but the miles will build back up.
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The really great thing about 65+,(apart for being retired & able to do as you please), is givin' them
smart alec whipper snappers A lesson in technique. Few thing are more gratifying than passing a
weekend warrior on a 2K carbon going uphill on my 40 year old bike. Granted, if I don't die at the
summit, he'll zoom past me on the descent, but it's fun while it lasts.
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Old 02-20-16, 05:24 PM
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Did my second post-surgery ride today. Road 13.8 miles. Life is good.
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Old 02-20-16, 05:37 PM
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Old 02-22-16, 10:02 AM
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The answer to ones max heart rate can be found many ways. Doing it on a bike should produce good results but I wonder if finding my MHR climbing hills till I puke or see stars at 76 is a good idea. With insurance an exercise stress test cost is typically $200 to $300 and is supervised. For now I slow down or stop and rest when I hit 160 but suspect I could go well beyond that. Up till now 99% of my riding has been flat land. This summer I plan to spend a couple months in CO. and would like to have some kind of safe limit I can ride by. If I keep the 160 I would probably be stopping every mile and that is not much of a ride. My question is - what do you do?
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Old 02-22-16, 12:38 PM
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It was a wonderful "Florida Chamber of Commerce" type day so headed out for another ride. Rode 15.5 miles today. The miles are starting to build up again. The sit bones and "nether region" are feeling better with each ride. Life is good!
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Originally Posted by RonH
It was a wonderful "Florida Chamber of Commerce" type day so headed out for another ride. Rode 15.5 miles today. The miles are starting to build up again. The sit bones and "nether region" are feeling better with each ride. Life is good!
Glad to read that life is getting better.
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Old 03-03-16, 12:43 PM
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I getting "stronger" so did my usual ride today — 22.3 miles.
The ride was much more comfortable too. I've been riding with a pad (like this) and it wasn't comfortable with it stuffed into my bibs. I haven't needed it for the past 3 rides so went without one today and had no problems, so I suppose that means I'm making big progress.
Now I'll be working on getting the speed back up to what it was before the surgery.
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Originally Posted by RonH
I getting "stronger" so did my usual ride today — 22.3 miles.
The ride was much more comfortable too. I've been riding with a pad (like this) and it wasn't comfortable with it stuffed into my bibs. I haven't needed it for the past 3 rides so went without one today and had no problems, so I suppose that means I'm making big progress.
Now I'll be working on getting the speed back up to what it was before the surgery.
Glad to hear you are on the mend Ron. Those are great miles for anyone on this forum, let alone someone recovering from surgery. I know you didn't ask, but if at some point your saddle seems to be hold you back, you might consider the Sella Anatomica. I'm 66 and started using one almost two years ago. I've been riding since the 70s and NOTHING has ever been this comfortable. Just my .02. Good luck.
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Old 03-10-16, 02:06 PM
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Thanks for the comments. I've had a Selle Anatomica X series on both bikes for almost 2 years.
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Old 03-11-16, 08:16 AM
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Originally Posted by RonH
I getting "stronger" so did my usual ride today 22.3 miles.
The ride was much more comfortable too. I've been riding with a pad (like this) and it wasn't comfortable with it stuffed into my bibs. I haven't needed it for the past 3 rides so went without one today and had no problems, so I suppose that means I'm making big progress.
Now I'll be working on getting the speed back up to what it was before the surgery.
Great to read that you are getting back on the saddle for longer/more comfortable distances.

The guys I ride with can relate to my decision to begin my prostate cancer treatment off with a bilateral orchiectomy, castration, after I tell them the bicycling is way more comfortable, especially on rides like last Saturday's 133 miler and that the loss of 10 pounds in a matter of minutes (the surgical removal of the pair) made the 11,000'+ of climbing during last year's 103 mile Six Gap easier and much faster. They also like my saying......."if Lance was good with one, I'm going to be twice as good with none." Bicycling to the LBS 2 days after my procedure for the start of the Saturday morning ride with my Foley in place and bag strapped to my leg also got me some high 5's and "you're a crazy bicycling dude" remarks to which I replied, "just call me crazy no-nutz John." I'm going to be 66 in 4 months and going to make the rest of my life as enjoyable as possible without or with cancer.

Ron, hoping you enjoy all the riding yet to come!
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Old 03-17-16, 11:52 AM
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Will turn 70 in May, so I guess this is where I belong.
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Just out of curiosity, what were you doing before the surgery?

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It was a wonderful "Florida Chamber of Commerce" type day so headed out for another ride. Rode 15.5 miles today. The miles are starting to build up again. The sit bones and "nether region" are feeling better with each ride. Life is good!
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Old 03-17-16, 12:46 PM
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Just out of curiosity, what were you doing before the surgery?
I was riding 20-40 miles and much faster than after the surgery. I'm getting there.
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I'll be 66 this April,,,so is this the place where I can talk about my swollen prostate??
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Old 03-22-16, 04:21 PM
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I'll be 66 this April,,,so is this the place where I can talk about my swollen prostate??
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I'll have to give the condensed version,, started with blood in urine,, of course I didn't say anything at first,after the 5th time in 2 months told the wife,,, well my annual physical was coming up told the Dr. That started the wheel turning and a few weeks of stress and worrying,about the possibility of a serious condition, after ct scan and an invasive camera through the peepee whole I got the best news possible ,, apparently my prostate was very swollen and according to him some small veins pop causing blood through the urine ? Anyway he told me nothing to worry about, follow up mid April,,,, what relief!!!!!! The Good Lord Watches over Me....
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Old 03-22-16, 05:07 PM
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Glad to hear the good news - but what did your urologist say?
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Old 03-22-16, 05:13 PM
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that's what he told me , swollen prostate, burst blood vessels blood in urine,, no worry of cancer,, that's what he told me
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Old 03-22-16, 06:10 PM
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Ok. I thought it was your primary care doc that did the tests. Glad to hear the good news.
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Yes Ron I was referred to a Urologist, and a big weight was lifted with the good news,,,,,,
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