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Old 12-07-17, 02:25 PM   #6876
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Granted according to Sufferfest's 4DP I am an "attacker" and short duration high intensity work like that is my strong suit. I tend to recover from stuff like that pretty quick. The longer intervals are what seem to get me.
Guilty as charged. I can turn 800-900 watts leaving a stop sign but only have an FTP of around 160. Wattage drops precipitously every second I'm mashing the pedals. My club's Computrainers were set to brake at a certain wattage, ~350-500W IIRC and it would brake me almost every time at the start of an interval. I learned that I had to accelerate slowly to prevent lockout.

Not bragging, just the way I'm built. Never going to win a TT unless its very short.

Edit: Make that VERY short.
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After 9 straight days of riding in Florida, we hit a drizzle day. I was still going to ride but as the day wore on, I decided that I did not wish to get hit by an octogenarian in a golf cart in the rain. Day off.
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Old 12-07-17, 03:31 PM   #6881
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I think I'm going to try to sort out the rollers at home. I only ever see benefits after a roller ride, so it wouldn't hurt. We'll see what I can figure out.
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Old 12-07-17, 03:32 PM   #6882
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I think late 1990's.
My last one was in 1990. Do you know how they prevented bleeding back then. I don't recall any stiches.
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Having a genuine engineering vs. sales situation.

"The customer wants a high amp-hour battery as an option."

But that only gets them more run time, not more power. And the on board charger is sized as a power supply so they can operate it plugged in if they run the batteries down.

"Well how much would it be?"

Well, I looked up and down. Nothing fits the foot print or height for the control panel.

"They put this big one on the side before. Can we do something like this?"

Well, we COULD but do they NEED it or do they WANT it?

"How much?"
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Having a genuine engineering vs. sales situation.

"The customer wants a high amp-hour battery as an option."

But that only gets them more run time, not more power. And the on board charger is sized as a power supply so they can operate it plugged in if they run the batteries down.

"Well how much would it be?"

Well, I looked up and down. Nothing fits the foot print or height for the control panel.

"They put this big one on the side before. Can we do something like this?"

Well, we COULD but do they NEED it or do they WANT it?

"How much?"
Sounds like a sale where the customer couldn't even measure the quality of the end product (aka free money). I kid. But we just shut up and take the money if we can't convince them their order makes no sense (and we try really hard at that).
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^^ Wrist is generally preferred by patient, but depends on your radial artery size and anatomy.

Interesting story, the "angioseal" they use to seal the groin site after femoral artery catheterization, was invented by one of my patients.
I think I would prefer wrist, for sure. Sounds like there's some downtime after a groin cath?

I'll be seeing a new cardiologist tomorrow, as the other one can't get me in quickly. I suppose this is where they'll take a look at my anatomy and see if wrist will work.

Can they do stents at the same time if they're going in the wrist? Or do they never do that at the same time anyways?
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Heavy sandbag for 4-6 hours on your groin. Remember??
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I think I would prefer wrist, for sure. Sounds like there's some downtime after a groin cath?

I'll be seeing a new cardiologist tomorrow, as the other one can't get me in quickly. I suppose this is where they'll take a look at my anatomy and see if wrist will work.

Can they do stents at the same time if they're going in the wrist? Or do they never do that at the same time anyways?
Typically if you need a stent or two, they can do it through the wrist at the same time. My hope is you don't need anything. You are kinda young for coronary artery disease, dontchathink?
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70s era Datsuns are pretty popular these days.
They never went out of style here. They give the bugs a run for the money, numbers wise. When we still lived in Merida, I was fortunate enough to see a couple of early 60s Datsuns.

And 85-86 Nissan pickups are quite possibly the most numerous model in the state.
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From the other tests (echo, etc) my heart still sucks. But maybe we know why. I got a reading on ejection fraction of 50% from the nuke test, and 60% from the echo. 50% was where I was at last year.

The only light at the end of the tunnel is the word "reversible" in there. So maybe there's long term hope. The word moderate is in there a little too often ("reduced tracer uptake ... moderate size and moderate severity with moderate reversibility"). Also "very reversible ischemia" is floating around.
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Typically if you need a stent or two, they can do it through the wrist at the same time. My hope is you don't need anything. You are kinda young for coronary artery disease, dontchathink?
Yeah, but so far being young hasn't helped me diagnostically. "Oh you're too young, it's nothing". Only this year I went to the ER immediately before my yearly tests so they upped it to perfusion imaging at the same time... and looky here, there IS something wrong.

My doc was very into the "you're too young" but also said it could have been caused by the hypertrophy, and that he recently had a 27yo need stents, too, so **** happens.

I apparently have the worlds worst genetics with ALS, lukemia, heart disease, dementia, and more running close by.
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Well, @datlas, I guess the nuc stress test was indeed necessary. Came back abnormal, and now I need to go get a heart cath. Ugh. I'm way too young (37) for this crap.

But man do I have great excuses for being slow on a bike.
Well crap. Sorry to hear, but I hope it all helps in the long run.
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There are very few things that AG won't "let" me do... but riding a motorcycle is one of them. Probably for the best, honestly.
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@datlas, spoke with AG and I don't think she was properly tested for EIA; there was no exercise component at all, just a standalone resting spirometry test. And that was after she'd been swimming and her lungs had opened up. Need to find someone to do a proper test.
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@datlas, spoke with AG and I don't think she was properly tested for EIA; there was no exercise component at all, just a standalone resting spirometry test. And that was after she'd been swimming and her lungs had opened up. Need to find someone to do a proper test.
Best "test" for EIA is give the patient an albuterol inhaler and explain to her how to use it. Suggest she go out for a run (ideally in colder weather) and see how her breathing is. After a few minutes of wheezing, take two hits of the albuterol inhaler and resume running. If the wheezing and shortness of breath is resolved with the inhaler, there is your diagnosis. See if her primary care doc is willing to help. PM me if you have further questions.
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^^ Wrist is generally preferred by patient, but depends on your radial artery size and anatomy.

Interesting story, the "angioseal" they use to seal the groin site after femoral artery catheterization, was invented by one of my patients.
I was a guinea pig for those. Had a cath in 1998 due to chest pains and short of breath at work. The cardiologist told me that it was experimental and in trials, but if I chose to have it in place I would go home in a few hours if my cath was good.

Turned out the cardiologist and RN rep for the seal placed it dead on a nerve that runs along the femoral artery. Two days later I could not straighten the leg without feeling like I was tearing off my leg. Cardiologist chuckled and said sometimes we hit the wrong place. Never went back to them. Now I need to take care of some unnerving fibrillation problems.
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From the other tests (echo, etc) my heart still sucks. But maybe we know why. I got a reading on ejection fraction of 50% from the nuke test, and 60% from the echo. 50% was where I was at last year.

The only light at the end of the tunnel is the word "reversible" in there. So maybe there's long term hope. The word moderate is in there a little too often ("reduced tracer uptake ... moderate size and moderate severity with moderate reversibility"). Also "very reversible ischemia" is floating around.
Sounds like you are in the camp with Lennard Zinn. I am rereading “Haywire Heart”, by Jon Mandrola and Zinn, now, since the fibrilations started up. My echo was pretty good, some regurtation was noted on three valves and calcification around one. Septum showed some hypertrophy but not bad enough to be detrimental.

Hope you get everything straightened out soon.
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I have a dumb FTP question. Zwift says the max watts I have done for 20 minutes is 182 but my "estimated" FTP is 172. I thought what you can maintain for a 20 minute FTP test is your estimated FTP. Not so??

Edit: Nevermind, I realize now you take roughly 95% of your 20 minute FTP to estimate your 1-hour FTP. That explains the difference.

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