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Old 12-08-14, 09:55 AM
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100% is no longer the goal

As a young man in sports (mostly basketball and baseball) I would be asked after an injury if I was back 100%, which was always the goal. That has definitely changed. After my latest crash a few weeks ago I more fully realize my new goal is "What degree of comfort". The goal is no longer to be 100% physically functional. Will not happen again at the age of 65. Just being comfortable on the bike is now the big goal.
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"...The goal is no longer to be 100% physically functional. Will not happen again at the age of 65. Just being comfortable on the bike is now the big goal."

I feel your pain!
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Old 12-08-14, 11:29 AM
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Just being comfortable period is now my goal. I understand. You have company.
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Old 12-08-14, 11:53 AM
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I am back 100% since my C1-C2 fusion. These days my question is "How fast do I recover?"
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Old 12-08-14, 12:11 PM
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Originally Posted by bruce19 View Post
I am back 100% since my C1-C2 fusion. These days my question is "How fast do I recover?"
Hmm... I would say comfort should never be an issue. Performance, maybe, but not comfort.
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Old 12-08-14, 07:18 PM
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Don't give up yet. I broke my wrist this summer and was surprised at how severe my range of motion and grip were affected. I worked hard on flexibility and when that started to improve, I transitioned into building strength. Now, 4 months from surgery, I am over 95% back with range and probably 105% with grip (I didn't exercise my non-dominant hand much before so it is stronger now.) I am 63 BTW.

Yes, it's much harder to gain it back, but it can be done.
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As a 61 yo, I am trying to get comfortable with the slogan "Aging sucks, But it is better than the alternative."

I made a pledge to myself to keep the rubber side down this calendar years. So far, I have. (And took a downhill that I put a person but un-recorded fastest ever on 7 years ago at about 20 mph with the tailwind to exceed that.)

Knock on wood.

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Check out "EFT" on youtube. EFT stands for "emotional freedom technique."

Also, give yourself appropriate time to heal. Remember, positive thinking is very beneficial.
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I agree, if I wait till I recover to 100% I will never go back to riding. It is just a matter of am I ready to go back comfortably.
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Originally Posted by BikeArkansas View Post
As a young man in sports (mostly basketball and baseball) I would be asked after an injury if I was back 100%, which was always the goal. That has definitely changed. After my latest crash a few weeks ago I more fully realize my new goal is "What degree of comfort". The goal is no longer to be 100% physically functional. Will not happen again at the age of 65. Just being comfortable on the bike is now the big goal.

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I agree, if I wait till I recover to 100% I will never go back to riding. It is just a matter of am I ready to go back comfortably...
After my accident in 2012 with a fractured sacrum, three months off work and five off the bike, I donít think in terms of 100 %, but a new normal. Prolonged sitting upright as on my job, is distracting, and walking, using two canes for more than a few blocks, is uncomfortable. But I am so grateful that riding the bike, up to 60 miles as circumstances allow, is OK with slight hindrance. Iím sure itís because the sacrum does not bear the weight so much on the saddle.
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At my age - 67 - I am not sure what 100% is or should be. It's certainly not what 100% was 20 years ago.
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Always strive to get all the way back. Meanwhile, adjust to what you are capable of right now, untill you improve.....

it is that, or give up. And I aint ready for that yet.

live life to the fullest!
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Just a matter of realistic definition.
Except on exceptionally lazy days I always give 100%. That is 100% of what I have. To do otherwise is, to me, the wrong and negative mind set.
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Old 12-10-14, 04:28 AM
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Originally Posted by HawkOwl View Post
Just a matter of realistic definition.
Except on exceptionally lazy days I always give 100%. That is 100% of what I have. To do otherwise is, to me, the wrong and negative mind set.
Interesting concept.

Giving 100%, to me, means going to the absolute edge of your abilities, with no ability to do any more. If that is so I have mostly lazy days. I give whatever effort I have to to achieve what I need. Sometimes this may be 100%, but mostly it is below that.

When I was working some people would boast that they always worked as hard as they could to succeed. I always took the view that I worked as little as I could to succeed. For both approaches the end result was the same - I was successful, never short-changed my employers or myself, but I always had something in reserve for when I really needed it.

I prefer a balanced approach to life, including sport and physical activities, whereby I only give 100% if I need to to achieve my or my team's goals.

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Originally Posted by BlazingPedals View Post
Hmm... I would say comfort should never be an issue. Performance, maybe, but not comfort.
I'm not understanding how comfort fits into what I posted. I was talking about recovering from injury and hard effort on a ride.
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As we age comfort, fitness, and performance seem to be moving targets. I hope you can find a spot with all three that brings you satisfaction.
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As we age comfort, fitness, and performance seem to be moving targets. I hope you can find a spot with all three that brings you satisfaction.
This is how I am feeling. Good description.

The 100% I am thinking of is not about effort. The 100% describes recovery from an injury. A person can give 100% effort without being 100% recovered.

I certainly will not be 100% recovered, per my doctors, but my plan is to take my first ride on January 1. In addition that ride should be on my new build.
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Enjoy your first ride on January 1st on your new bike. Have a Happy New Year day no matter the distance traveled.
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Originally Posted by Gerryattrick View Post
Interesting concept.

Giving 100%, to me, means going to the absolute edge of your abilities, with no ability to do any more. If that is so I have mostly lazy days. I give whatever effort I have to to achieve what I need. Sometimes this may be 100%, but mostly it is below that.

When I was working some people would boast that they always worked as hard as they could to succeed. I always took the view that I worked as little as I could to succeed. For both approaches the end result was the same - I was successful, never short-changed my employers or myself, but I always had something in reserve for when I really needed it.

I prefer a balanced approach to life, including sport and physical activities, whereby I only give 100% if I need to to achieve my or my team's goals.
You've introduced the concept of Efficiency into the conversation. Can't disagree efficiency is important. Goes along with the broader concept of Conservation of Energy. As I read it that wasn't in the original post, the thread starter, but certainly applies, to a degree.

Often it is the concept of Overwhelming Force that carries the day. To nibble away at something merely allows your resources to be slowly drained until there isn't enough left to accomplish the goal, whatever that may be.

Mostly it is a matter of mind set and goal definition.
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