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Bike Fixed, Body Needs A Little Time...


Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Off to the bike shop at lunchtime...one of the Shimano gear-shifters got jammed pretty hard with dirt & grit getting into it and boogering it up some. They worked it out so that it's pretty close to 100% fine. Straightened out the wheel and fender. Some chunks of the rubberized handlebars got scraped out. But all appears well and running smoothly. No charge either! One of the perks of paying for a higher-priced bike from your friendly neighborhood bike shop! :-)

Just wish the same could be said for Yours Truly! Right leg is very stiff at the knee and there's another goose-egg on my hip as well.

All of this makes me a little nervous about the big ride I want to nail on Sunday. Whenever I push myself to the next level there's always a degree of self-questioning: Am I REALLY up for this...? There was even a little of that on Sunday when I clocked all those miles. Pushing through the envelope and proving myself capable is part of the thrill of moving forward.

But there is always a part of me that has a little niggling doubt. These aches & pains aren't doing much for my confidence!

Going to do a lot of stretching to work this out because I really REALLY want to nail this ride!!

I want to balance the following thoughts:

We are all capable of much more than we think we are.

vs.

Pushing myself to a point of doing harm to my body.

Don

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CCKELLY3 7/16/2010 11:45PM

    I wish I had better advice to give you, but this is my current lesson to work on as well. I tend to push to hard & not listen well enough to hear the subtle signals...so for years the universe responded by hitting me over the head with signals as subtle as a freight train derailment. Sigh.

All I can say is that it's really a major accomplishment that you recognize where you are and that you're honest and doing your best to address it. You're going to err on either side, probably often and probably for a lot longer than you, or anyone in our boat, would accept if we really knew it. So I suppose that's the grace in not knowing, but trusting yourself, and all the new skills you've developed on this journey, to ultimately get you there. So trust the process, trust yourself, and it will come.

Until then, as long as you don't do yourself major damage or injury, try to accept that the progress you are making is amazing, and many, many people will never have the strength you already do. Good job!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 7/15/2010 11:10AM

    You will certainly NAIL your upcoming bike ride, listen to your body. Enjoy. emoticon

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LUREAH21 7/15/2010 9:22AM

    OUCH! Sorry to hear about your spill, glad you're okay though. Hope all your aches and pains disappear before the big day.

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LADYGWEN25 7/15/2010 8:46AM

    hope you're feeling better soon Don.. i agree with Julie... my thought always run towards more the what if??? I don't want to ever think.. WHat if i HAD tried to push more... Sometimes the risk does outweigh and danger.... keep up the good work! Maybe we'll be biking together soon... :)

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KMATIS 7/15/2010 8:14AM

    Your stamina is amazing--a true testament to what we can accomplish if we work hard. Keep up the good work! Good luck with the knee.

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RAINBOWFALLS 7/14/2010 11:21AM

    I know you can do it, you have that determiniation that so many don't have! emoticon

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GRACEFULIFE 7/14/2010 7:48AM

    Definitely don't hurt yourself! But don't be afraid to push. I ran SAG for a large biking event quite a while ago and it was one of the most boring things ever. No one needed help at all. It would have been much more interesting had someone actually used our services.


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FERRETLOVER1 7/14/2010 7:15AM

    Hopefully, by the time you do your ride, you will feel better. I know what you mean about aches & pains - seems like they happen more and more, doesn't it?

Do what feels right to you - if you are still really hurting, shorten your ride.

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JEAN_W 7/13/2010 10:51PM

    I know what you mean about balancing those thoughts. My husband loved to run. He can't anymore because of his knees and shredded achilles tendons. It occurred to me he might have avoided these injuries if he'd consulted a sports medicine specialist. Had you thought about doing that? I'm not sure what it's called, but someone who could look at how you move, see where your body is now in terms of damage already done, and suggest stretches and exercises that might help you avoid injuries.

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GR8CATSBY 7/13/2010 9:26PM

    Be careful not to push too hard... You don't want to wear out your knees or other body parts by not giving your muscles enough time to adjust to increased mileage, etc. Then biking won't be fun anymore. :-(
But do SOME pushing, absolutely!!!!
And I hope your body heals soon from the fall. Ouch!
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LUCYSUNFLOWER 7/13/2010 9:19PM

    I'm glad to hear the bike has healed - I hope you do as quickly!

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FRECKS96 7/13/2010 9:12PM

    Glad to hear the bike is back. Hope you feel recovered enough to tackle your big ride on Sunday. I know what you mean about weighing the risk/benefit ratio-I do it often with my running. Hope you go for it!

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