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06-21-18, 01:31 PM
Replies: 112
Views: 11,822
Posted By Viking55803

I'll be 70 in a few months. I was an endurance...

I'll be 70 in a few months. I was an endurance athlete (cycling, x-country skiing) in my 20's and 30's. I had a serious heart attack at age 43, another at 52, and quadruple bypass at 65. Since then...
Replies: 32
Views: 4,136
Posted By Viking55803

I realize this is an older thread, but the topic...

I realize this is an older thread, but the topic is one that I'm afraid will be with us for some time, and I have had personal experience with atrial flutter (atrial flutter is NOT the same as atrial...
11-21-16, 06:15 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,179
Posted By Viking55803

My doctor here in Duluth, MN told me to start...

My doctor here in Duluth, MN told me to start taking a Vitamin D supplement a number of years ago. I asked him what his experience was with patients in our area. He said every patient not taking a...
11-05-16, 03:44 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 4,103
Posted By Viking55803

You bet I use a heart monitor! After two heart...

You bet I use a heart monitor! After two heart attacks more than 20 years ago and quad bypass 4 years ago, nothing has served me better than my heart monitor. The most recent payoff was a followup...
10-28-16, 07:28 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,240
Posted By Viking55803

The Filthy was a great race (or ride) this year....

The Filthy was a great race (or ride) this year. I love the fact that this remains a free-to-enter race that attracts an amazingly diverse group of riders. Fat bikes, tandems, single speed, the guy...
10-16-16, 08:39 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 3,603
Posted By Viking55803

I'd just like to add a comment about stress....

I'd just like to add a comment about stress. There are at least two kinds of stress: physical stress from exercise and mental stress from dealing with demands and complexities of life in general. In...
09-23-16, 09:30 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 7,568
Posted By Viking55803

I'm not an idiot. The non-profit trail...

I'm not an idiot. The non-profit trail organization puts these bells at trailheads for people to use and return on the honor system. I don't care what is printed on the bell if some small benefit...
09-21-16, 07:23 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 7,568
Posted By Viking55803

Hank, They are similar, but here is a link to...

Hank,
They are similar, but here is a link to the one on Art's. It was at the very bottom of the web page for bells, so easy to miss:

Art's Cyclery CCCMB Trail Warning Bell...
09-14-16, 01:20 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 7,568
Posted By Viking55803

I ride bike trails a lot. Most are too remote for...

I ride bike trails a lot. Most are too remote for walkers, but closer to the ends the oblivious walkers and often their dogs abound. I've tried a variety of bells, but the only one that works...
08-17-16, 09:58 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,934
Posted By Viking55803

I am Type 2 diabetic, basically in remission. I...

I am Type 2 diabetic, basically in remission. I found that it is quite easy to overdo the carbs during rides, especially with in liquid form. I've started using NUUN Energy tabs in water (only 10...
07-28-16, 06:38 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,398
Posted By Viking55803

There have been a few advances in bike technology...

There have been a few advances in bike technology over the 50 years I've been riding that make a real difference to me: clipless pedals, index shifting, compact cranksets and excellent clincher...
07-16-16, 03:52 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,065
Posted By Viking55803

There are a lot of "tweaks" you can make to any...

There are a lot of "tweaks" you can make to any bike that will improve the comfort of the bike. A comfortable bike can be ridden more miles with less pain. A good bike fit is the most important...
06-28-16, 12:53 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,544
Posted By Viking55803

I wish I could say that was intentional:crash:

I wish I could say that was intentional:crash:
06-28-16, 11:08 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,544
Posted By Viking55803

You Know You're When...

You forget your teeth!

I've been working full-time for 50 years. Like most folks, I have a morning ritual: urinate, brush my (remaining) teeth, shower, shave, dress, coffee, pills, pack a lunch,...
06-26-16, 02:58 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 977
Posted By Viking55803

I've put my retirement off for a bit (I'm 67) but...

I've put my retirement off for a bit (I'm 67) but congratulations on that. Orlando will never be gone from the memory of anyone who has compassion, and it sound as though your family needed some too....
06-25-16, 07:59 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,668
Posted By Viking55803

Here is a good summary of heart recovery rates....

Here is a good summary of heart recovery rates. The gold standard is the two minute HRR. It looks like a 34 bpm drop in one minute is quite good:

Mark's Notes: Recovery and your heart rate -...
06-11-16, 08:22 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 4,194
Posted By Viking55803

I'll only ride drop bars, but since getting back...

I'll only ride drop bars, but since getting back to cycling in a serious way after my quadruple bypass 3+ years ago, I find that the more I ride the more stretched out I want to be. My seat is back...
06-04-16, 03:38 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 12,618
Posted By Viking55803

Not all gravel is created equal. Just within...

Not all gravel is created equal. Just within Minnesota, the type of gravel used on the road varies greatly and because of the type of rock and grade of gravel can have dramatically different impact...
06-04-16, 03:31 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,145
Posted By Viking55803

I measure my coffee consumption by pounds, not...

I measure my coffee consumption by pounds, not milligrams, but I usually consume a large Americano (4 shots of espresso) before a long ride. Keeps my caffeine level in the acceptable range for an old...
05-07-16, 10:41 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 771
Posted By Viking55803

Since I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes...

Since I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes several years ago, being inconsistent with exercise is really not optional if one wishes to prevent the progression or complications from this disease....
04-05-16, 04:36 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,450
Posted By Viking55803

One thing that has not been mentioned is the fact...

One thing that has not been mentioned is the fact that every diabetic is different: we each react in different ways to food, to the medication, and to exercise. There simply is no one-size-fits-all...
04-04-16, 02:11 PM
Replies: 149
Views: 32,371
Posted By Viking55803

I just have to add that the LED lights on the...

I just have to add that the LED lights on the edge of the Elemnt are very cool. You can program them to light up around average speed or average heart rate (there may be other options) but when you...
04-02-16, 11:08 AM
Replies: 149
Views: 32,371
Posted By Viking55803

I'm moving from a Garmin Edge 500 after a couple...

I'm moving from a Garmin Edge 500 after a couple of years of use. I decided to take a chance on a new product from Wahoo since the Wahoo Tickr is the only heart monitor I've used that ALWAYS works...
03-28-16, 05:19 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 3,628
Posted By Viking55803

10 mg of Lisinopril. I found that I had to take...

10 mg of Lisinopril. I found that I had to take it at night or it made me sluggish. 3.125 mg of Coreg: lowers my maximum heart rate by about 10 beats/min. I'm not a fan of either, but with two heart...
03-27-16, 08:00 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 4,254
Posted By Viking55803

When I got back on the road after quadruple...

When I got back on the road after quadruple bypass surgery 3 years ago, watching my riding data (particularly heart rate) was critically important for a) safety and b) long-term recovery. I've used a...
03-26-16, 06:35 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 3,181
Posted By Viking55803

These days it seems to be the case that young men...

These days it seems to be the case that young men shave EVERYTHING! That being said, hairy legs sprouting beneath bike shorts are truly hideous in my opinion. I mean, why shave our faces other than...
03-26-16, 06:22 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 913
Posted By Viking55803

I think they missed one of the key factors in...

I think they missed one of the key factors in healthy living: stress management. There is healthy stress, like moderate exercise and intermittent fasting, and unhealthy stress caused by things like...
03-20-16, 07:30 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 4,253
Posted By Viking55803

During the last three seasons, following heart...

During the last three seasons, following heart surgery, I've done most of my miles on the same route. This is an out and back on a somewhat deteriorated "paved" bike rails-to-trail that rises about...
03-12-16, 08:31 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,489
Posted By Viking55803

The problem with daily calorie restriction is...

The problem with daily calorie restriction is that it can lead to loss of muscle mass rather than just body fat. You might want to investigate "intermittent fasting" as an alternative. This increases...
02-27-16, 11:01 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 2,144
Posted By Viking55803

Ah, winter! This one has been a bust as far as...

Ah, winter! This one has been a bust as far as snow sports are concerned. For me it is normally x-country skiing and snowshoeing. The roads are treacherous in winter due to the salt/sand melt...
02-19-16, 08:11 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,381
Posted By Viking55803

When to Replace Gravel Tires

I put about 1,800 miles on my Clement Xplor MSO 40 mm tires last season - most of it on pavement. They still look great, but I am wondering if I should replace them before a couple of unsupported...
02-14-16, 08:17 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,846
Posted By Viking55803

You are so right! I've observed that discussing...

You are so right! I've observed that discussing diet is like discussing religion - lots of belief supported by little fact. The problem, as I see it, is that scientific research on diet because of...
02-11-16, 02:09 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,209
Posted By Viking55803

Well, this morning when I went to work it was -10...

Well, this morning when I went to work it was -10 F with a wind chill of about -30. I think that is roughly 100 degrees cooler than it was in Southern California yesterday.
02-10-16, 07:07 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,132
Posted By Viking55803

40 minutes with high intensity intervals and...

40 minutes with high intensity intervals and Green Day blasting my eardrums. Yes, I am a 67 y/o Green Day fan (along with Old 97's and other rockers.)
02-07-16, 08:46 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 8,100
Posted By Viking55803

I have a Raleigh Tamland 1 and absolutely love...

I have a Raleigh Tamland 1 and absolutely love it. It is my do everything bike for paved and gravel. However, Raleigh also makes the Roker, a carbon-frame bike with clearance for more that 40 mm...
01-30-16, 08:12 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,025
Posted By Viking55803

I got back to cycling seriously after quadruple...

I got back to cycling seriously after quadruple bypass surgery three years ago. After surgery, I could barely spin the pedals on a stationary bike with no resistance - bypass surgery knocks you flat....
01-28-16, 07:49 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 4,787
Posted By Viking55803

It's deep winter here in Minnesota, and I don't...

It's deep winter here in Minnesota, and I don't ride outside at all. I snowshoe and sometimes X-country ski, but the cycling is on a turbo trainer. Last year, I rode about 1,800 miles over the...
01-26-16, 06:00 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 495
Posted By Viking55803

As I said, I suspected it may already have been...

As I said, I suspected it may already have been done. It is too obvious. However, I could only find a Tacx trainer that claims to be controllable by heart rate zones. I've have to find out more...
01-25-16, 01:46 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 495
Posted By Viking55803

An Innovation for Interactive Training

I'm too old to pursue a patent on this idea, and it seems so obvious to me I am surprised it has not already been done (if it hasn't.) It starts with a standard interactive computer-controlled...
01-05-16, 04:43 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,215
Posted By Viking55803

Top 10%? More like the top 1%!

Top 10%? More like the top 1%!
01-02-16, 08:28 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,146
Posted By Viking55803

You might want to check out the 5:2 diet or way...

You might want to check out the 5:2 diet or way of eating. It's a form of intermittent fasting where two days a week you restrict calories to 600/day for men, 500 for women. There are a ton of...
12-23-15, 12:56 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,473
Posted By Viking55803

I was thinking about my Garmin bike computer. It...

I was thinking about my Garmin bike computer. It apparently has audible alerts, but I've never heard them. Same with a heart monitor watch. You get a beep when you hit a certain heart rate,...
12-23-15, 10:42 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,473
Posted By Viking55803

I can't hear

It seems as though most of the electronic devices that have audible alerts are so high frequency that they would have to be implanted somewhere in my head to hear them. On my iPhone I have the ring...
12-23-15, 09:47 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,495
Posted By Viking55803

I read his autobiography which, by the way, is a...

I read his autobiography which, by the way, is a very interesting story. In any case, he seems to truly enjoy suffering. It's part of his psychological temperament. At the end of the day, the mental...
12-23-15, 09:45 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 8,700
Posted By Viking55803

I think the answer may be Dr. Michele Ferrari. No...

I think the answer may be Dr. Michele Ferrari. No matter how you cut it, this guy was a genius in terms of human physiology in cycling and was able to figure out exactly which doping regime would...
12-21-15, 07:28 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 719
Posted By Viking55803

As a former actual bike racer and now an old man...

As a former actual bike racer and now an old man I can say that being "competitive" is not just about racing. I still compete, but my adversary is age and the limitations of my own body - in other...
11-27-15, 01:07 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,232
Posted By Viking55803

Cycling is like drugs - you never know before...

Cycling is like drugs - you never know before someone tries them whether or not they are going to end up addicted. When you wake up and realize what an adult body can do on a bicycle it is...
11-13-15, 03:22 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,438
Posted By Viking55803

What's an "MUP?"

What's an "MUP?"
11-13-15, 03:19 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 5,191
Posted By Viking55803

I was riding on a bike path that's frequented by...

I was riding on a bike path that's frequented by rollerbladers earlier this year. I was riding with my wife so my speed was down and a guy skated up to me and asked if he could draft. My wife bailed...
11-13-15, 03:10 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 4,142
Posted By Viking55803

I was staying at the Hotel Captain Cook in...

I was staying at the Hotel Captain Cook in Anchorage in February. They have an amazing gym that includes a large room full of bikes for spinning classes. I went down one evening and the "spin class"...
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