Sunday, October 23, 2011
I turned 60 years old today!!!!!!!
Yesterday I gave myself a very important birthday gift that will stay with me forever. I gave myself a lesson in what is possible with a positive attitude and determination.
Shortly after my knee replacement surgery in June, I decided it would be a good exercise in my ability to access my capabilities if I were to ride my bicycle 60 miles on or before my birthday. Well, yesterday was the day!!!!
About a month ago, I told some people about my plans and some offered to ride with me. I thought that would be a great time, so I began preparing to ride to a small town 30 miles from home for lunch with my friends and then ride back. We even had a friend who offered to drive along with a bike rack and extra bike.
As of the beginning of the week, everyone except the chase car driver had backed out of the ride!!!
I told him he didn't have to use up a Saturday just to follow me, and that I would revise my route and just ride the paths and streets here in town. I was going to do this, even if I did it alone!!!!!!
Yesterday it was sunny, calm, and very cool. Perfect conditions!!!!!
After my normal morning activities ( weight workout, breakfast, and walk the dog) I headed out to start my ride. I had never ridden more than 25 miles in one day in my life, so I was very unsure of my ability to make my goal. I decided to start with one of my favorite bike paths, and just took off.
At 20 miles I headed home to have a snack and refill my water supply. When I got home I found a friend who had just stopped in to visit, so my return was delayed slightly. The next route was to a new path that I had never been on before, and since I had made plans to meet another friend ( who doesn't ride) for lunch, that ride was only 15 miles. Even at that I was ahead of the schedule of half before lunch and half after!!!!
By the time I rode home to take my dog outside, the wind had come up it was now blowing at 15 to 20 MPH from the southwest, and some gusts were stronger. So to show how smart I am, I took of to explore more areas that I had never been on before. My route lead me out of town and onto 4 miles of gravel road!!! Not wanting to go back on that, I found a paved road leading to the main highway back to town. It is a nice 4 lane with wide shoulders, so I thought it would be perfect. WRONG!!! I was going directly into the wind - and I found 2 hills that I had never noticed when I was in my car. I am not a very fast rider, but I didn't know I could ride that slow and stay upright!!! LOL
I got back to town out of water, tired and with 9 miles left. So I took a short break, filled my water bottles and took off again. The goal was in sight and I WOULD reach it!!!!!!
I hit a path close to home and took off. By that time I was really watching as the tenth of miles ticked by on my odometer!!! My calculations were right on. As I turned on to the street where I live, I saw 60.00 appear !!!!!!!
I was in the saddle for 6 hours total, and was very tired, but I DID IT!!!!!!!!!
I am proud of what I accoomplished and glad that I pushed myself to do it.
Who knows, maybe next year I'll go for 61!!!!!
Monday, September 19, 2011
I just came in off the bike path and checked you trip meter. I found that I have ridden 754 milse so far this summer!!!
That may not seem like much for a summer of riding, but 2 1/2 years ago if I had been asked to go biking, I might have made it to the end of the driveway!
Now, 160 pounds lighter and with a new knee ( which I got on June 17th of this year), I have my sights set on 1000 miles before winter comes to North Dakota.
I put 500 miles on new Trek Navigator 2 before my surgery, picked up my (even newer) Trek FX3 on August 23, and now hav 254 miles on that one.
It seem the more I ride, the more I WANT TO ride. I think I'm becoming a "cyclepath"!!!!
Friday, July 29, 2011
It has been six weeks since my knee replacement.
Everyone says I'm doing great, but I'm not so sure!!! There is still a fair amount of pain when I do therapy, I haven't been given the ok to ride my bike, and I can't completley straighten my leg or flex it as much as the Doctor wants. I am only able to straighten it to about 7 degrees and flex it to about 109 degrees (he wants me at completley straight and to at least 115 degrees for bend).
On the positive side, I am able to take Otto for short walks, make it to work every day, got rid of the crutches and cane a week and a half ago, and still doing therapy twice a day (once with the physical therapist and once on my own at home).
Maybe I'm just impatient, and expect more to happen faster. I will just keep working on it and time will tell.
Monday, July 04, 2011
My surgery went well. All the new parts fit and are in place. Now all I have to do is the rehab so I can get back to the activity level I was at before and then move forward.
Actually I got home last week, but was very surprised how much the surgery took out of me, and how much pain is involved. Today is the first day I have even sat at my computer long enough to write anything. I can't imagine how it would have been if I had not gotten myself into the condition I was before going in. I would probably still be in some rehab facility trying to get strong enough to go home.
I was in the hospital for about 4 days, then stayed with my sister and brother-in-law for a few days before I drove back home. The 180 mile drive was surprisingly easy!!! I did stop in Grand Forks (about half way home), which helped. I had to stop there at the bike shop to order my new one!!!! Ya, I'm a little crazy, but I just thought I would need a faster, more road type bike when I get all healed. I'm really looking forward to getting it and being able to really go riding!!!!! I'm already planning my goal for October. Since I won't be running a 5K by my 60th birthday, I have changed my plans and am going to work on a 60 mile ride on that day!!!!
Back to the knee. The Doctor said things went well although he had to put in a couple more screws than usual (something about a crack in part of one of the bones where the attachment was made). I started therapy the day after, and by the time I left the hospital I had 88 degrees of flexion in the joint. Now I am going to therapy here twice a week and doing exercises at home. The therapist says I'm doing fine (that makes one of us!!! LOL).
I still spend most of my time with the leg elivated and ice on the knee, but I think I can see some improvement daily. It wil be a week or two before I can go back to work and I still have trouble sitting at my computer for very long, but I will get back soon, I'm sure.
I'm glad it is over and I want to thank all my Spark friends for their prayers and well wishes. Knowing some one cares makes everything a lot easier.
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
I will be leaving early in the morning on the 16th to go to Fargo. I have to stop and do a number of things is Grand Forks on my way to Fargo. I am taking my bike to the shop for the 10 hour check on cables etc. I'm about 25 hours over the time!!!! I guess I got a little carried away, but I have been on it for a total of 35 hours since the weather got good enough to ride this spring.
Otto is already at a friend's playing with their beagle, so they both should have a good time while I'm gone.
I don't expect to have access to a computer while I am recovering from the surgery, so this will be my last time to post until I get home. I will be back as soon as possible and report on how GREAT I am doing!!!!!!
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