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Why I cycle through pain.

Old 09-18-08, 08:51 PM
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Originally Posted by Hocam View Post
Pcad's back story reminds me of McCain's POW story. No offense, it's an inspirational story but it just seems like I've read it numerous times over the last year.
And you're not even on our mailing list. Go figure. Still, it is amazing how many of you morons can't figure out how not to click on threads that perturb you. That must drive you crazy at home with the TV remote that's also too complicated for you to operate.
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Originally Posted by scotch View Post

recently a friend of mine had an abscessed tooth as a result of a failed root canal. it was awful. i hope you're not in the same boat, pcad.
Sometimes it requires surgery. Mostly it's re-treatment with more root canal work. One way or another, it will get treated in the next few days. Let's hope it's not the knife. Whatever. That's all beyond my control, I'm just the hapless patient. I'll ride my bike in the AM and let them figure it out later (late morning appointment).

If it comes to oral surgery I may actually get the Percoset prescription filled afterward. I didn't need anything besides Advil after the two root canals I had this year.
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Originally Posted by patentcad View Post
But it's not about toughness at all. What ever gave anyone that silly idea?

It's about perspective.
Fine! i take it back. Your a wimp with perspective....
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Originally Posted by obie View Post
Read Jack London's life. Hit some Kerouac up.

HTFU and get busy with something.

I dig Pcad's take on riding to get through physical pain. It's so true. Trust me, if you're under 50 y.o. and feel like dropping the riding and other exercise - forget it - you're setting yourself up for the front porch in a rocker before you know it.

I hit 60 y.o. and picked the pace up after I watched my buddies (generally younger by a few years) flake off and start slowing down. Forget that sheit - you'll find out later that it's a lot harder to get back into physical shape as you get past 55 y.o. if you dropped off your routine in your early fifties. Cutting your 40 mile ride to 15, surfing for 20 mins. instead of the usual 90 - when you start that kind of stuff you need to get focused and face the fact - the more you work at something the easier it gets....just don't stop!

We all have injuries and age issues - just quit looking for excuses and find something you can hammer down with all the time.


(Pcad: when will your book be published and will you do a west coast tour in support of same?)
+1

It boggles my mind how people can let their bodies go to crap. At the ripe old age of 47, I will be charging into my 50's, 60's and well beyond. I may drown or get eaten, but it sure beats watching TV and crapping in a diaper.
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Originally Posted by j_amie_ View Post
Fine! i take it back. Your a wimp with perspective....
And you're a grammar challenged troglodyte.
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Though I'm only eighteen, I suffer from many bodily aches/pains/ailments that normally are not a problem to others my age; thus, I am unable to do many of the physical activities that would normally be conducive to my health, an oft-used excuse of mine for my weight issues.
However, four months ago I rode my first road bike, and decided that it was my ticket to freedom. Prior to this, I seriously thought of suicide as an option out. No friends, nothing to do with my life, constant pain. However, cycling has allowed me to think of almost none of those things. Rather than worrying about my lack of friends, I worry about whether or not my bike needs some sort of maintenance. Pain? Meh, I'll just go cycle to, maybe, help with my arthritic joints/back and the disorders of my legs.

So, for lesser reasons, I greatly agree with you, Patentcad. In no way do I think I'm a good cyclist, nor do I want to be told as such. And yes, the constant jeers about my somewhat "chubby", spandex wrapped body only help to increase my "drive" to do what I find is fun and exciting.
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Old 09-18-08, 09:33 PM
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Originally Posted by patentcad View Post
And you're a grammar challenged troglodyte.
What's wrong with my grammar ? should have said you're? oh well I didn't proof read very well, probably shouldn't type stuff into the blackberry as I navigate pedestrians
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days with cycling are days without pain. more than 2 days not cycling and the pain comes hard.
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nice read, quite motivating. thanks
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one of the best pieces of advice i've ever received was from an eldery gentleman who said the key to staying young is simple- just keep moving.
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There will come a day eventually when I will not have a choice in what I can do. Until then it comes down to the choices.

1. Find what I can do instead of dwelling on what I can't do.

2. I have physical challenges/limitations, they don't have me.

Giving up sucks. I tried that for way too long.
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Old 09-18-08, 10:51 PM
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Originally Posted by patentcad View Post
Sometimes you really do have to lose something to understand what it means to you. In the Big Picture, the aches and pains of life and the weather aren't such an impediment to riding my bike. The ability to see the Big Picture is one of the greatest gifts you can receive. Unfortunately, you sometimes have to go through some nasty stuff in life to get your attitude properly adjusted. Oddly, once you've been there, you realize it may have been the best thing that ever happened to you.
Pcad's got it here. Attitude is everything. My two back surgeries in five months time helped me see this. It also made me see that the Dr's are quick to prescribe muscle relaxors and narcotics, and call it a "success", almost expecting you to be miserable and being OK with it. The Dr I saw last year told me it was time for fusion surgery, I said no way. He also told me I wouldn't run anymore and probably wouldn't be able to keep working. Now, that long ride or run is much more satisfying, even through the pain of the workout. Attitude, folks, attitude. My back hasn't felt this good in the past 10 years. And, I've got a bunch on the "To Do" list, like 1/2 IM next year, RAAM someday, a 1,000 mile/10 day fundraiser in '09, and more.
Nice post, Pcad. Enjoy the ride.
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pain is a good sign you're still alive.. i love it.
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"To give anything less than your best is to waste the Gift." - Steve Prefontaine

Nice post pcad.
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<<My philosophy is very simple: if I do the ride, usually everything else takes care of itself. And it always does.>>

This is very true. I'm amazed that you have kept cycling despite this phyiscal problems you have and have had. A true inspiration to us all.

I don't have any phyiscal problems but your post makes me one to aim for more.

All the best for you anyways.
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Come this Sunday on my first century in ages, whenever I feel numb with pain, I'll think of uncle P and suck it up. A hat tip to all of you with a deeper reason to ride beyond the glamour and bling.
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Originally Posted by j_amie_ View Post
What's wrong with my grammar ? should have said you're? oh well I didn't proof read very well, probably shouldn't type stuff into the blackberry as I navigate pedestrians
And don't forget your Shift key Jamie.
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My back pain (running injury) has been significantly reduced since I started riding again as well.
Im amazed how bad I feel if I dont ride for a few days and how much better I feel after a ride.
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All this HTFU and ride stuff is great, but you better be able to differentiate between some kind of chronic pain that PCAD speaks of and sprains and ligament tears ect- you can't pedal through it all!! If you are hurting bad( and don't normally) you should be trying to nail down the cause.
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Monty Python's Black Knight revealed.
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Originally Posted by ripperj View Post
All this HTFU and ride stuff is great, but you better be able to differentiate between some kind of chronic pain that PCAD speaks of and sprains and ligament tears ect- you can't pedal through it all!! If you are hurting bad( and don't normally) you should be trying to nail down the cause.
True - but I suspect that most everyone with chronic stuff going on can easily tell the difference between chronic and acute.

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Originally Posted by HigherGround View Post
"To give anything less than your best is to waste the Gift." - Steve Prefontaine
At least Pre had a Gift (genetics for athletics that is). I'd say my ability is more of a Curse.

You work with what God gives you. And don't forget He can take that away at any moment.
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Nicely done Pcad. Riding is reality.
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That was a good post to read Pcad, especially when some of us need to keep issues in perspective. I respect the effort you make to stay on the bike but more importantly I hope you enjoy it because I love to ride and always wonder how many people out there just love the simple act of getting on a bike and traveling around places. I intend on cycling until I physically can't, which I hope will be when I'm dead! Some posts ago I mentioned that I just ride (which you didn't believe) but what I mean by that is that I take nothing for granted and enjoy every single aspect of a ride, even when they're not so pleasant. My cycling Zen as it were, is to just "be" with the ride so my mind isn't anywhere but feeling my legs pedal and being aware of my surroundings.

You do complain a bit much, and your addiction to BF reminds me of a teenager hooked on World of Warcraft but no one can take away the effort you put into riding.

I'll still drop you though.
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Great post Mr. cad.

I've got a bum ankle that doesn't let me walk more than 1/2 mile. Your body's injury history makes my issue trivial, but I'm 5 years older, so I'd still want to drill you in a race or up a hill.
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