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Old 12-02-17, 01:45 PM
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Today is the first weekend day in a long time with only moderate winds, so I was rolling along really well until I cruised back through the town center. I completely forgot about the annual Christmas parade, and traffic became a nightmare along with countless pedestrians everywhere. I decided to take it on home and live to fight another day. Managed 96 minutes anyway.
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Another nice December day in the 50's. I rode 16.7 miles and noted my Sutra needed some fitting work compared to my Wheelhouse. I may put it on the KickR a while to get the fit perfect. Will use tomorrow as a rest day, then outdoor test for the new Brooks Cambium 17 on Monday.

Diet has really improved and I go without a lot that I use to eat and drink daily. Tonight, Gino's East spinach pizza!
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Originally Posted by Greybeard712
Hi all, just checking in. The shoulder replacement surgery Nov 20 went well, it'll be at least another 2-3 months before I can ride again (damn). The complication is in not being able to use the right arm for a few weeks while the ligaments heal. I am not left handed. DOA! (Damned Old Age). But at least the right shoulder pain will be gone.

I ended up with 5,929 miles (9,542k) for the year, 564 more than all of last year.
Get well soon! Hopefully by next Spring you'll be back in the saddle again.
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Old 12-02-17, 07:42 PM
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Originally Posted by Greybeard712
Hi all, just checking in. The shoulder replacement surgery Nov 20 went well, it'll be at least another 2-3 months before I can ride again (damn). The complication is in not being able to use the right arm for a few weeks while the ligaments heal. I am not left handed. DOA! (Damned Old Age). But at least the right shoulder pain will be gone.

I ended up with 5,929 miles (9,542k) for the year, 564 more than all of last year.
Good to go by Spring? Hang in there.
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Old 12-02-17, 07:44 PM
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11 miles Friday after work - had to be at work early for a meeting so got out early and was able to get home for a ride before darkness fell.
14 miles this afternoon on a gorgeous sunny day. Around 60F. But things are supposed to get wintry in a few days. Dang!
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Old 12-02-17, 09:51 PM
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Originally Posted by Greybeard712
Hi all, just checking in. The shoulder replacement surgery Nov 20 went well, it'll be at least another 2-3 months before I can ride again (damn). The complication is in not being able to use the right arm for a few weeks while the ligaments heal. I am not left handed. DOA! (Damned Old Age). But at least the right shoulder pain will be gone.

I ended up with 5,929 miles (9,542k) for the year, 564 more than all of last year.
Best of luck with your recovery Greybeard. Following your mileage updates has been quite an inspiration for me (age 69 here). I wont be able to match your mileage this year, but it looks like I'll go past 5K for the first time.

Looking forward to your continued updates on the 2018 rides.
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Family Holiday party and a day off today. Not a bad start to winter riding:

- Lowest weight in XX years (actually can't remember).
- No more soda pop, minimal sugar.
- Better diet.
- Drinking much more water.
- 90% less back pain (no exaggeration!)
- 100% less acid reflux (summer), 80% less in winter.
- Bike fit is getting very fine tuned, comfortable and pain free.
- Bike mechanical setup perfected.
- I am riding a nominal 200 miles a week (75%/25% indoor/outdoor) and I love each mile. Smart-trainers are the best thing to happen to off-season bicycling (here in the Midwest, USA).

Wheelhouse has been made ready for the road again and the Sutra is now on the KickR. I am going for my 100km and 100 mile achievements soon.
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Another mild weather day with unseasonably upper 60's temps, and again very little wind for a fantastic Autumn Day.

But I understand that all comes to an end later this week with a polar front affecting a lot of the eastern half of the country.

Got in 2 hours and 2 minutes today.
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As above, very nice weather today here, too. 11 tandem miles midday. Tomorrow looks good, too, but then colder temps after that.
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Hi Jan,

I have been commuting just about every day, routine, not worthy of reporting. But, I got the mountain bike out of mothballs today, and went to Fort Harrison for 7 miles of joy and fulfillment in the forest. What a beautiful afternoon.

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As above, very nice weather today here, too. 11 tandem miles midday. Tomorrow looks good, too, but then colder temps after that.
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Old 12-03-17, 09:09 PM
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58 miles. Cold,37 but blue skies. Had a great time. Next tend days are for blue skies but cold. Hope to ride every other day.
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Originally Posted by dunelt_1954
Hi Jan,

I have been commuting just about every day, routine, not worthy of reporting. But, I got the mountain bike out of mothballs today, and went to Fort Harrison for 7 miles of joy and fulfillment in the forest. What a beautiful afternoon.
You should check out the trails at southwestway park sometime. Very popular place for mountain biking. I ride by there on Mann road sometimes and see quite a few folks driving there with MTBs on their cars.
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Old 12-04-17, 02:59 AM
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Posting from the ER, wee hours Monday.

25 miles Sunday evening, including a flat repair after running through an unexpected pile of shattered slate, apparently fell off a contractor's truck en route to a new home. I dodged most of the shattered slate but razor sharp shards were scattered everywhere.

Got home to check on my mom. Less than an hour later her femur broke just walking into the kitchen. At 79, she's a mess between osteoporosis, arthritis and many other ailments.

And, at 60 now, I'm even more grateful for my own relatively decent health, all things considered. Sure could be worse.
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Old 12-04-17, 04:29 AM
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That is where I first rode trails, thanks. I got a modest mountain bike through the employer's wellness program, and was not sure whether to make in into an all-weather commuter, or use for its designed purpose. Found a Meetup group for beginner mountain biking that was at Southwestway, and added another aspect to my cycling. Southwestway does have nice trails. But, it is the opposite corner of town for me.

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You should check out the trails at southwestway park sometime. Very popular place for mountain biking. I ride by there on Mann road sometimes and see quite a few folks driving there with MTBs on their cars.
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I hope your mom is comfortable at this point. Sounds like you had a very strenuous day. Best wishes to you and her.

I check the 50+ from time to time, but don't post much. But, having parents to care for kind of goes with the 50+ qualification for many of us. Being well enough to help them is something to be grateful for.

Originally Posted by canklecat
Posting from the ER, wee hours Monday.

25 miles Sunday evening, including a flat repair after running through an unexpected pile of shattered slate, apparently fell off a contractor's truck en route to a new home. I dodged most of the shattered slate but razor sharp shards were scattered everywhere.

Got home to check on my mom. Less than an hour later her femur broke just walking into the kitchen. At 79, she's a mess between osteoporosis, arthritis and many other ailments.

And, at 60 now, I'm even more grateful for my own relatively decent health, all things considered. Sure could be worse.
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Old 12-04-17, 08:35 AM
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Not today, but yesterday I did a 53 mile solo ride...which in hindsight I realized was probably the longest solo ride I've done in over 6 months. The missus was in class all day, I had no obligations around the house, so I just got out and started riding with no real plan or destination or deadline, and wound up going all over the place! If it hadn't started getting dark I probably would've wound up with 75 miles!
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13 mi with 5 minutes in the rain. Good news is I had the MUP pretty much to myself. Five mile loop and only one walker and one with dog.
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Originally Posted by dunelt_1954
I hope your mom is comfortable at this point. Sounds like you had a very strenuous day. Best wishes to you and her.

I check the 50+ from time to time, but don't post much. But, having parents to care for kind of goes with the 50+ qualification for many of us. Being well enough to help them is something to be grateful for.
Thanks. Surgery went well. Now I need to arrange for mom's rehab and recovery. That'll be another challenge, balancing between the need to strengthen the muscles while not stressing those fragile bones.
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Originally Posted by Bob Ross
Not today, but yesterday I did a 53 mile solo ride...which in hindsight I realized was probably the longest solo ride I've done in over 6 months. The missus was in class all day, I had no obligations around the house, so I just got out and started riding with no real plan or destination or deadline, and wound up going all over the place! If it hadn't started getting dark I probably would've wound up with 75 miles!
That's usually how my longer rides go. I don't plan them -- something always interferes. So when the day seems right, I just keep riding until I feel like Forrest Gump and I'm ready to go home.
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The recovery and physical therapy sounds like a challenge. Glad to hear the surgery went okay.
Thanks. Surgery went well. Now I need to arrange for mom's rehab and recovery. That'll be another challenge, balancing between the need to strengthen the muscles while not stressing those fragile bones.
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13 miles this afternoon which could be the last 60+ degree ride till Spring.
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50 miles on Sunday and 40 miles this morning's ride with two of my riding buddies. Everything was going great on the ride today until the saddle clamp on one of my buddies' broke. Don't ask me how that happened but he was not very happy on the ride back to the parking lot.
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I dressed for the midnight starting weather but as I rode the temps went down and the humidity went up. Started to really get cold so I pulled off and looked in a few recycle trash bins until I found a suitable newspaper to put under my jersey to help block the cold. Really glad it was trash day.

Wonderful 156 miles as temps warmed and wind picked up.
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53 Miles, beautiful cold day without a cloud in the sky. Was 35 when I left home, 28 when I got home. When I took my last swig of water, there were ice crystals in the water. Just got a new helmet mount for my Sony mini cam, swivels 360 so I can record the road in front, or turn it to record the guy who runs me over. only second time using it. I find most biking videos boring, but I'll look through it for the best parts. If I can learn how to edit, I'll post some highlights and bore you with them. We do have some spectacular scenery around here, there's a few hills where I can see 7 mountain/volcanoes covered with snow at the same time.
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Winter has arrived in the Midwest. I took my Wheelhouse for a short outdoor ride two days ago, the last warm day, then yesterday I decided to go big in Zwift. I rode through the morning and finished my metric century after breakfast. As I went over 50 miles, people started giving me encouragement and I did not putt around, either. I have to say that I have never been more proud of a cyber-jersey in my life.

After a break I started riding again and decided to go for my century ride. Around mile 75 I was moving along surprisingly well. I stopped for lunch and a rest and made my final push. Getting to mile 95 was pretty tough, but towards the end I fell in with a small group and before I knew it, it was over. Riding without a draft was quite tough towards the end, and I had to chase down that last group!

Amazing thing is I was never bored at all. I found joy in the fit and my technique on the Wheelhouse (now back on the KickR). Happy to report my legs would give out before my butt did. The Brook's Cambium 17 was a very good upgrade for my bike. I felt pretty good later on, but I did note I was 'out of sorts' a bit, which I figure is because of a metabolism change. Dog is not feeling well again and I know that doesn't help.

I learned a lot and it is good to know I can now do it.

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