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Half-Century Bike Ride - Got the "All Clear" from the surgeon!!

Thursday, May 05, 2011

I'm taking a leap of faith today. I've been riding my road bike for 6.25 miles, 1/2 hour, several times lately. Today I have a Dr.'s appointment up in Ketchum, 12 miles north of my home in Hailey. I drove up with my husband and put my road bike in the back of the car. I will be riding my bike home after my appointment. It will be a gentle downhill grade, on our fabulous "rails to trails" bike path with the wind pushing me from behind. So, besides being longer, it will not be a grueling ride. AND I am wearing my padded bike undies to save my tush! As well, it's a gorgeous sunny day and is on the warmish side of Spring. So, wish me luck! I'm confident I will do well.

I had another follow up appointment with my surgeon yesterday. He said my knee is doing great after ACL reconstruction surgery three months ago and that I don't need to go back to see him anymore unless I have questions or concerns. That sure beats bawling in his office like last time!!

On August 13th, there will be the Sawtooth Century - a 100 mile supported bike ride. There is also a half-century route - 50 miles supported with rest and refueling stations. I asked the surgeon if I could train for it. He said, "You can train for the whole thing!" HAHAHAHAHAHAHAAA. I do NOT plan to train for the whole thing. I'd rather not spend my entire summer in the saddle of my bicycle. Heck, my kids wouldn't be able to keep up with me.

So, I need to figure out a doable training program that will have me ready to ride 50 miles on my bike by August 13th. Do I really want to spend that much time on my bike......?

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ELLENSUN 12/31/2011 6:26PM

    My husband had an emergency appendectomy on the 4th of July. Kinda got in the way of bicycle training....

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MJSCHUMAN 6/17/2011 9:27PM

    Are you training for the bike ride? I did a Ride for Refugees last year that was 30 miles. It wouldn't have been much trouble except the weather was aweful! We rode in very strong winds the whole way and many people walked their bikes for the worse of it.

But the longest I rode before it was maybe 15 miles. My brother says time on your feet is what you need to train for a marathon - not running a marathon to train but a total number of miles a week that will prepare you. I used the same plan for the bike ride. Small rides will still train you for the 50 miles.

I'll join your prayer team support!

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NEWKAREN43 5/5/2011 10:33PM

    If you love ID bike tours, you HAVE to look at the Bob LeBow Bike Tour, it happens on Father's Day weekend every year. Go to and check it out! They have 100 miles, 62 miles, 50 miles, 35 miles, 10 miles and a family ride of 3 miles (or something close to those mileages)'s got nice stops, sag's a class act.

I'm so happy for you getting to ride and train! Blessings to you on your journey to health and fitness. Karen

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GRITS46 5/5/2011 9:39PM

    Ellen, you're one amazing woman! I'm so pleased for you that you've been given the thumbs up from the surgeon to do this ride. I know how it is to wait and wait and wait for the healing process to take place and yes, we shed some tears along the way. You are THERE! You have ARRIVED! Way to go, Biker Babe!


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VISUALLYRICS 5/5/2011 1:10PM

    Ellen...You are Rockin'!!!! Just look at this Progress! I am WOWED!!! emoticon
....what is there to say...except.... emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

emoticon Laura.... the histerical cheerleader emoticon ...I am so hyped ...I just exercised! LOL!!


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BESTSUSIEYET 5/5/2011 10:41AM

    Good news that the Dr. gave the OK, and that your knee is doing so well! Do you really want to train for the 1/2 Century ride? Only you can answer that. And whatever you decide, it's OK. Just get out and enjoy the health you have been blessed with! emoticon

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REKMOM 5/5/2011 10:29AM

    Good luck.

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