Tuesday, July 21, 2009
It seems all my blogs are down this year. I promise to find more positive fodder for the future....just not this month.
We started July with the infamous "Snake Indecent" (see prior blog).
The following week saw the death of Emma the wonder dog (Old age, kidney, and liver problems)
This Monday, Emma's sweet, sweet sister, Lovey, suddenly collapsed. She was a big doggie (125lbs) a Chow/Lab mix. The problem was a nearly basketball sized tumor that ballooned on her spleen almost overnight. She will be sorely missed, too.
I also managed to damage my right knee whilst loading Lovey into the van for the frantic emergency run to the vet and have been off work (not being paid) for the last two days. Tomorrow, I get to see my Doctor to see if I've done any lasting damage to the knee...and to see about residual damage from the bike wreck (previous post).
Lack of exercise is frustrating....
The loss of two wonderful beings in my life is absolutely devastating....
The house feels so empty....
I'm broken inside and out....
I'm so ready for July to be over.
Friday, July 03, 2009
I'd been pondering what to do for rides this weekend, as I have Thursday - Saturday off work.
I'd decided that I was going to get some long rides in and in preparation spent Thurs doing bike maintenance.
(wrestling with conti's off and on mavic rims of the Trek....NO FUN)
We started out this morning with me on the Nashbar tourer and I heard a noise maybe coming from the rear hub. No problem...I'll take it to the shop later and switch it out with the Trek. I take the Trek down and apparently managed to pinch the tube putting the @%#$ tire on the front.
"No problem!", I say to myself somewhat less cheerily.....I'll just go slower and take the Hardrock...I wanted a workout anyway and I was riding with a slower friend. "We'll just stick to the bike path."
As we were riding a park about 10 miles into the ride, cruising along around 15 mph, I (in the front) came round a bend to see on of the bigger @#$@#% snakes I've seen in awhile laying almost completely across the path. Having no time to identify said snake (and forgetting that Richard was following close behind), and this being Texas, I said, "OH MY GOODNESS" (paraphrased) and locked up my brakes.............which had just been replaced at the shop.....with coolstops......More language (which I won't be including...since you all have pretty good imaginations out there in clyde land.)...and the floating feeling in slow motion...before sliding a ways on elbow and head and later thigh and knee...TOWARD the snake.
"OH MY GOLLY GOODNESS", I say.
Meanwhile...behind me, I feel my buddy make contact with my bike.....
"Well Poopie", I think to myself. Luckily...I somehow break most of his fall.
We watch in slow motion (Sam Peckinpa eat your heart out) as a lone water bottle gently rolls up to the snake, which prods it into a striking position, and we see that has a round head...not triagular. It gives us a bad look and slithers off the path (the good part of the show now being over).
After much groaning and taking inventory of body parts (followed by bike parts) and the washing of the road rash (thank you ice water in polar bottles) the spousal unit (Darlin' Angel of Mercy...Susan) was called and made a roadside pick up.
My Inventory includes a rashed elbow, LARGE swollen contusion on my thigh (looks like I stuffed a football in the leg of the shorts), and a bit of scraping and bruising on knee and shin. I bent the handlebars and broke the left hand shifter (managed to bungee up the cable enough to ride the granny ring back to the parking lot.
Richard came out with a bruised (hopefully) rib and hand.
(would have had nice juicy pics...but the daughter probably has my camera as her's isn't working.
I always thought that I'd not be able to endo...what with my weight and (up until now) relatively "meh" stopping power of regular brake pads.
Thanks Cool Stops....You've given me the ability to do incredibly stupid stunts, too.
...I think i may not be riding tomorrow....
Tuesday, April 07, 2009
I finally felt a bit like my old self on the ride home from work tonight.
Without the wind blowing, I managed to zip along nicely (without feeling like I had to cough up a lung) and arrived home out of breath, but feeling OK.
The 20+mph headwinds over the last 5-6 weeks may have had something to do with my fatigue.
Tuesday, April 07, 2009
Well everything has cleared up with the knee (no surgery necessary)(woo hoo),
but the time off has taken it's toll.
Even though I've shied away from weighing lately, I know I've gained. The good part is that I'm still smaller than I was before starting.
Now it's time to start paying attention again...stop feeling so darned sorry for myself...and get myself going again.
That being said, I've semi-finished my touring bike build which will become my primary ride.
If I had any sense, I would have just gone out and paid for a new touring bike. (It would have cost about the same and saved time by being ready to ride)
At least I know my particular bicycle intimately, having built it from the frame up. (I'll also know any mistakes will be my own doing...kind of a two edged sword, there)
A month off can make a huge difference in stamina.
In January I'd put in nearly 300 miles on the bike riding in strong headwinds and cold weather...never blinking at doing a 25 - 30 mile ride in.
Now that it's Spring (and warmer) I'm finding it hard to "hit my stride" and get some mileage in.
I'm feeling worn and fatigued. I have a hard time getting myself to ride more than 5 miles, and the headwinds that I'd pedaled through before are kicking my widened butt.
Maybe it's my thyroid (I get another blood test tomorrow) or I may be starting a heart problem (Physical is soon, so we'll be testing for that as well...just to be on the safe side) but the difference between now (tired) and even when I was nearly 400 lbs (I had no problem doing an hour of cardio at a time) is starting to worry me.
Wow! Wasn't that Cheery!
I'd better go play with my new bike and get over myself.
Monday, February 16, 2009
I was heading to a training ride Sunday.
I rode up to the Bike Store, racked my bike, started over to talk to some people, and I stepped down off the curb....had my knee buckle with a nice wet "POP".
I was still able to stand on it and managed to get some motion again, but even with light pedaling...I gave up after 50 ft. (part of that was one legged).
My wife came and took me home for R.I.C.E. (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation),
and I called work & let them know I wasn't coming in. (grrr! lost a days' wage)
I'll be attempting work tonight (crosses fingers) since I can get around pretty well with a cane.
I can't see my Ortho until Wednesday....
I think I'm out of the group for the ride in March.
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