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Old 04-29-23, 11:19 AM
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Originally Posted by datlas
Mallorca update:


So the 5 of us did the ride. It was amazing and hypothetically we should have made the cutoff easily.

BUT….the first food/water stop was a ******g mess. Apparently most of the water spigots were not working so there was a mob scene for water. I waited on line for 15+ minutes for water and my friends said to bail as the wait was too long. We bought water in the next village, which also wasted a bunch of time. So instead of what should have been a 5 minute water/food stop we wasted about 25 minutes. We missed the cutoff for the full 312 by about 15 minutes. I wish the organizers would have extended the cutoff but I don’t make the rules. So we did the 225 instead, which was good enough IMO.

Also, one of my friends was lagging a bit so we soft pedaled. I was in a group with the cutoff team and could have made it but the other guys, rightfully so, said we should drop back for our friend.

I am bushed but generally felt ok the whole ride. I had a few cramps but worked them out on the descents.

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I saw a pic of the start this morning on Twitter. What a crowd!

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Originally Posted by Velo Vol
Comparing snowfall at one location to that of another. #GoldenSnowball
NYC isn't famous for it's snowiness.
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Map is more impressive if it's to scale, in that each bike path is about a mile wide.
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The correct answer is tulip poplar time. None of you were even close.

Nope.
???
Majorca update.
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Today was brutal. While only 58 miles, 7300 feet of climbing on gravel is tough.

There were two really good muddy trails/roads, I didn’t have to dismount for either. One of them the mud was 6-8 inches deep. Some of it has washed off in the pics below




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Well, I had an exciting morning. Nowhere near as much fun as datlas, though.

I woke up at 6 AM with pain at the bottom of my sternum and the two lowest ribs that attach to it. HR normal, no other symptoms, so I thought, "Did I sleep on it funny?" But it didn't go away. I got up and headed out to the living room where Mrs. GJ was already awake. Pain still didn't subside, and maybe got worse. I was almost certain it's nothing heart related. ALMOST.

So I was thinking, "65 year old guy, with pains in the chest", and everything I could find online said, "Probably not your heart. PROBABLY". So we headed over to the ER, where "65 year old guy with chest pain" gets you seen right quick!

They do an EKG, which the doc looks at for no more than 5 seconds, maybe less, then just folds up the sheet. I said, "Normal?", she says, "Yeah, but we're gonna do some tests." So they unhooked the EKG machine and took 3 Vacutainer tubes of blood. By this time the pain had gotten so bad I couldn't lie on the bed. I had to either pace or sit in a chair leaning forward. The nurse gave me an IV push of toradol, and they tookme to get a chest X-ray.

Then, because I was in the Cardia section, they wanted to hook me up to a monitor. Turned out they can't use all those stickies they already put on me for the EKG, so they put another half dozen on me. And pulse/ox. And BP cuff. I couldn't pace, because I'd have been dragging more stuff than Marley's Ghost. So I was sitting down, trying not to moan with the pain. Over time, it started to get better. The alarm on the monitor kept going off because of my low HR. Eventually the nurse figured out how to reset it NOT to go off at 40. He told me that my labs looked "great!", but they'd have to do a second Troponin test three hours after the first, since the first can be negative even with heart muscle damage.

The pain kept diminishing, eventually going away almost completely. The first Troponin result came in after the draw for the second, and both were negative, as was the chest x-ray, so now they knew what it wasn't, and they discharged me with a scrip for Naproxen and the direction to follow up with my PCP.

Still no idea what it was. Mostly it felt more musculo-skeletal than anything else.

So I think I'll probably NOT do my 60 mile ride tomorrow, and April will be my worst month of riding since the Pandemic started.
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Originally Posted by datlas
Mallorca update:
Pic from start:
Does it start at midnight?
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Small group compared to Datlas', but group pic nonetheless...

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Well, I had an exciting morning. Nowhere near as much fun as datlas, though.

I woke up at 6 AM with pain at the bottom of my sternum and the two lowest ribs that attach to it. HR normal, no other symptoms, so I thought, "Did I sleep on it funny?" But it didn't go away. I got up and headed out to the living room where Mrs. GJ was already awake. Pain still didn't subside, and maybe got worse. I was almost certain it's nothing heart related. ALMOST.

So I was thinking, "65 year old guy, with pains in the chest", and everything I could find online said, "Probably not your heart. PROBABLY". So we headed over to the ER, where "65 year old guy with chest pain" gets you seen right quick!

They do an EKG, which the doc looks at for no more than 5 seconds, maybe less, then just folds up the sheet. I said, "Normal?", she says, "Yeah, but we're gonna do some tests." So they unhooked the EKG machine and took 3 Vacutainer tubes of blood. By this time the pain had gotten so bad I couldn't lie on the bed. I had to either pace or sit in a chair leaning forward. The nurse gave me an IV push of toradol, and they tookme to get a chest X-ray.

Then, because I was in the Cardia section, they wanted to hook me up to a monitor. Turned out they can't use all those stickies they already put on me for the EKG, so they put another half dozen on me. And pulse/ox. And BP cuff. I couldn't pace, because I'd have been dragging more stuff than Marley's Ghost. So I was sitting down, trying not to moan with the pain. Over time, it started to get better. The alarm on the monitor kept going off because of my low HR. Eventually the nurse figured out how to reset it NOT to go off at 40. He told me that my labs looked "great!", but they'd have to do a second Troponin test three hours after the first, since the first can be negative even with heart muscle damage.

The pain kept diminishing, eventually going away almost completely. The first Troponin result came in after the draw for the second, and both were negative, as was the chest x-ray, so now they knew what it wasn't, and they discharged me with a scrip for Naproxen and the direction to follow up with my PCP.

Still no idea what it was. Mostly it felt more musculo-skeletal than anything else.

So I think I'll probably NOT do my 60 mile ride tomorrow, and April will be my worst month of riding since the Pandemic started.
Pulled ab muscles? I get pulls from time to time, and they hurt like theres notomorrw right where you describe.
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Originally Posted by genejockey
Well, I had an exciting morning. Nowhere near as much fun as datlas, though.

I woke up at 6 AM with pain at the bottom of my sternum and the two lowest ribs that attach to it. HR normal, no other symptoms, so I thought, "Did I sleep on it funny?" But it didn't go away. I got up and headed out to the living room where Mrs. GJ was already awake. Pain still didn't subside, and maybe got worse. I was almost certain it's nothing heart related. ALMOST.

So I was thinking, "65 year old guy, with pains in the chest", and everything I could find online said, "Probably not your heart. PROBABLY". So we headed over to the ER, where "65 year old guy with chest pain" gets you seen right quick!

They do an EKG, which the doc looks at for no more than 5 seconds, maybe less, then just folds up the sheet. I said, "Normal?", she says, "Yeah, but we're gonna do some tests." So they unhooked the EKG machine and took 3 Vacutainer tubes of blood. By this time the pain had gotten so bad I couldn't lie on the bed. I had to either pace or sit in a chair leaning forward. The nurse gave me an IV push of toradol, and they tookme to get a chest X-ray.

Then, because I was in the Cardia section, they wanted to hook me up to a monitor. Turned out they can't use all those stickies they already put on me for the EKG, so they put another half dozen on me. And pulse/ox. And BP cuff. I couldn't pace, because I'd have been dragging more stuff than Marley's Ghost. So I was sitting down, trying not to moan with the pain. Over time, it started to get better. The alarm on the monitor kept going off because of my low HR. Eventually the nurse figured out how to reset it NOT to go off at 40. He told me that my labs looked "great!", but they'd have to do a second Troponin test three hours after the first, since the first can be negative even with heart muscle damage.

The pain kept diminishing, eventually going away almost completely. The first Troponin result came in after the draw for the second, and both were negative, as was the chest x-ray, so now they knew what it wasn't, and they discharged me with a scrip for Naproxen and the direction to follow up with my PCP.

Still no idea what it was. Mostly it felt more musculo-skeletal than anything else.

So I think I'll probably NOT do my 60 mile ride tomorrow, and April will be my worst month of riding since the Pandemic started.
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I had a pretty bad cramp in my calf this morning. I did not go to the ER.
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I went to my optometrist this morning to get a new left lens for my glasses. I told her the gory details of the eye surgery(she recommended the place to me), and asked for her advice. She agreed he was negligent, at best, and most likely lying, me being a rich, and stupid gringo. She pointed out another couple things he was required by law to inform me of, and didn't. She laid out a plan of confrontation, not excluding legal action. She thought that the threat of legal action would be enough. A new adventure awaits!
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Originally Posted by genejockey
Well, I had an exciting morning. Nowhere near as much fun as datlas, though.

I woke up at 6 AM with pain at the bottom of my sternum and the two lowest ribs that attach to it. HR normal, no other symptoms, so I thought, "Did I sleep on it funny?" But it didn't go away. I got up and headed out to the living room where Mrs. GJ was already awake. Pain still didn't subside, and maybe got worse. I was almost certain it's nothing heart related. ALMOST.

So I was thinking, "65 year old guy, with pains in the chest", and everything I could find online said, "Probably not your heart. PROBABLY". So we headed over to the ER, where "65 year old guy with chest pain" gets you seen right quick!

They do an EKG, which the doc looks at for no more than 5 seconds, maybe less, then just folds up the sheet. I said, "Normal?", she says, "Yeah, but we're gonna do some tests." So they unhooked the EKG machine and took 3 Vacutainer tubes of blood. By this time the pain had gotten so bad I couldn't lie on the bed. I had to either pace or sit in a chair leaning forward. The nurse gave me an IV push of toradol, and they tookme to get a chest X-ray.

Then, because I was in the Cardia section, they wanted to hook me up to a monitor. Turned out they can't use all those stickies they already put on me for the EKG, so they put another half dozen on me. And pulse/ox. And BP cuff. I couldn't pace, because I'd have been dragging more stuff than Marley's Ghost. So I was sitting down, trying not to moan with the pain. Over time, it started to get better. The alarm on the monitor kept going off because of my low HR. Eventually the nurse figured out how to reset it NOT to go off at 40. He told me that my labs looked "great!", but they'd have to do a second Troponin test three hours after the first, since the first can be negative even with heart muscle damage.

The pain kept diminishing, eventually going away almost completely. The first Troponin result came in after the draw for the second, and both were negative, as was the chest x-ray, so now they knew what it wasn't, and they discharged me with a scrip for Naproxen and the direction to follow up with my PCP.

Still no idea what it was. Mostly it felt more musculo-skeletal than anything else.

So I think I'll probably NOT do my 60 mile ride tomorrow, and April will be my worst month of riding since the Pandemic started.
Costochondritis.
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Originally Posted by genejockey
So I think I'll probably NOT do my 60 mile ride tomorrow . . .
Oh you think?
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Originally Posted by rjones28
NYC isn't famous for it's snowiness.
One need not be famous to be compared.
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Originally Posted by rjones28
NYC isn't famous for it's snowiness.
No snow on this day during MSG construction

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Originally Posted by Velo Vol
One need not be famous to be compared.
Why not compare with Unadilla?
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Originally Posted by rjones28
Why not compare with Unadilla?
Never heard of it. Been here a few times though:

In Umatilla, during the entire year, snow falls for 10.3 days and aggregates up to 6.02" (153mm) of snow.
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Originally Posted by Mojo31
Majorca update.
Never heard of it.
Originally Posted by phrantic09
While only 58 miles, 7300 feet of climbing on gravel is tough
Only yourself to blame

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Eventually the nurse figured out how to reset it NOT to go off at 40.
Your heart rate is 40?
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I had a pretty bad cramp in my calf this morning. I did not go to the ER.
Drink more water.
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Originally Posted by rjones28
Why not compare with Unadilla?
Never heard of it. Don't know where it is. Its snow total not prominently posted on social media.
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Originally Posted by datlas

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Pfftt. The typical start for the 5 Boro Bike Tour.

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Originally Posted by Velo Vol
Never heard of it. Don't know where it is. Its snow total not prominently posted on social media.
Not famous enough for comparison?
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Why not compare with Unadilla?
I’ve driven through through Unadilla countless times, but it is unlikely I will ever do so again.
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Not famous enough for comparison?
Please re-hydrate.
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