Part 1: Visit to the Pulmanologist
Lately, I have been experiencing some tightness in my chest. Ocassionally, I would run out of breath while running or riding a bike.
This doesn't happen to me! My legs give out. But I never run out of breath. I went to see my doctor. He ordered a EKG stress test. The result of the EKG was that my ticker is in great shape.
My doctor then referred my to a Pulmanologist. This took 6 weeks to get into see this lung doctor. I almost canceled my appointment. My lung capacity is really good. I went to see this lung doctor last Thursday. He ordered a lung capacity test. This test determined that I have 150% of normal lung capacity. I have tested at 180% of normal lung capacity in the past. I got a really big boiler room. It is a gift. I rely on my cardio-vascular fitness to ski, bike and run hard! But I have been sucking wind lately.
After an hour long examination, the lung doctor told me I have Asthma that is triggered by allergies. ASTHMA! No way! Unfortunately, his diagnosis made sense. Rats! The lung doctor has ordered additional tests. I have an inhaler and nebulizer to treat the symptoms in the meantime.
I still can't get my brain around this one!
Part 2: Shimano XT Brakes For My Specialized Camber
About a month ago, I got really frustrated with poor drivetrain on my 2012 Specialized Camber Comp. I bought a complete Shimano XT group, sans brakes, for my Camber. The results were dramatic. The bike performed perfectly.
The original Tektro hydraulic brakes were adequate. But I decided to take that last step and get the excellent Shimano XT brakes. I completed installing the new XT brakes today. Little Cam is now an astonishing good performing bike.
I opted for the silver version of the XT brakes. Shimano XT brakes also come in black. I thought the flashier silver XT brakes suited Little Cam better.
The front brake has a 180mm IceTech rotor. The IceTech rotor is a sandwich of stainless steel and aluminum. These rotors dissipate heat very quickly. The cooling fins on the caliper also dissipate a lot of heat. Hot brakes don't work very well.
The back brake has 160mm IceTech rotor. The XT brakes also release completely and don't add any drag.
The big advantage of these XT brakes is that a single finger on the brake lever is all that is all that is usually required. You get to keep four fingers on the hand grip which gives you more control.
If you need to hit the brakes hard, there is room on the levers for two fingers. Shimano XT brakes are so powerful, you don't need to use all your fingers.
Part 3: First Ride with New Brakes
The brakes have made a huge difference in controllabilty. Little Cam is really fast with the new brakes. I took Little Cam to Beaver Ranch for a short trail ride. We covered 8 miles in 30 minutes.
Distance: 8 miles
Time: 30 minutes
Average Speed: 16.1 mph
Fastest Speed: 28.5 mph
I used my nebulizer before the ride and took my inhaler. Little Cam flies now! I think 16.1 mph on rough dirt trails with lots of hills is pretty good for a old guy that can't breath well.
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