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Maintenance - on the road
Tuesday, May 20, 2014      5 comments

What will I weigh when I get home? I'm excited and hopeful. I've been vacationing for the past 10 days with my wife, touring ancient ruins in NE Arizona and NW New Mexico. Got a new take on N American history, particularly the Native Ameri... Read more
On the Cusp - Again
Tuesday, January 07, 2014      3 comments

Life seems to have moments -- moments when I realize that I have choices with what to do with my time, what might be the best use, considering my goals which, themselves, might deserve some reconsideration, and whether I'm actually doing what I... Read more
Walked on my heels today
Monday, November 04, 2013      1 comments

Tried walking on my heels today, for the first time in a couple months, and my right foot was very nearly as strong as the left. A huge change from some last July when I was simply unable to hold the toes of my right foot up off the ground. I wa... Read more
Retiring in good shape...
Friday, August 09, 2013      3 comments

Retiring in good shape. Seems to make sense, doesn't it? Retiring in good shape. But what does that mean? Being able to bench my body weight? Able to run a 10 K in under an hour? Or simply be able to get through a day of ordinary activity w... Read more
Goal met. New challenges ahead
Sunday, June 30, 2013      9 comments

Last October, about 8 months ago, I set a goal to lose from 170, a high I'd reached by not paying a lot of attention to what I ate, down to 155, what I recall as my high school weight. About 15 pounds in 8 months. Spark showed me that my weight ... Read more
Walking Deliberately
Saturday, June 29, 2013      3 comments

Decided, today, to do a little walking and take a cue from Colin Fletcher, a very practcal but sometimes almost mystic man who has hiked lots of miles and written a lot of books. I'm reading one now:
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Monday, June 24, 2013      4 comments

Today agreed with my surgeon that an elective procedure would be better delayed until after this pinched nerve problem causing leg pain has been resolved. This is actually a good move as it gives me time to reconsider doing the surgery at all, a... Read more
Am I too old for this?
Saturday, June 22, 2013      3 comments

I think I can through hike the Appalachian Trail. I've done long distance self supported bicycle touring. Barring an injury that puts me off the trail, I can do long distan... Read more
Change in Exercise - Change in Weight
Sunday, June 16, 2013      3 comments

This period of decreased exercise because of leg pain (pinched nerve or whatever - docs think the pain will disappear with anti-inflammatory meds and minimal exercise), and with hanging around the house with nearly nothing to do, and snacking mo... Read more
Multiple Systems Failure -- the future?
Thursday, June 13, 2013      2 comments

Major systems are failing. What's next? A couple of years ago I suddenly had a diagnosis of prostate cancer which resulted in a successful surgical removal (no sign of recurrence to date) and two long term side effects of surgery which are ... Read more
Medicine NOT an exact science
Tuesday, June 11, 2013      0 comments

No, medicine is not an exact science. Doc #1 thinks piriformis syndrome. Refers to Doc #2 who thinks disk at L5. Who knows? Both may be right. But the conservative treatment is the same: don't do (much of) what hurts; nothing high-impact for a w... Read more
Piriformis Syndrome
Monday, June 10, 2013      5 comments

A physician I greatly respect looked at my leg pain problem and offered the opinion that my sciatica was caused by irritation of the sciatic nerve as it runs under or through the piriformis muscle. He's referred me to a physiatrist whom I'll see... Read more
Sunday, June 09, 2013      5 comments

What's this? I'm not old enough to have sciatica. And I'm way too active. But, sadly, I've been suddenly grounded with pain in my right butt and leg. Cause not yet known, taking pain pills and muscle relaxers, and avoiding moving around muc... Read more
Communications on the Road
Sunday, June 02, 2013      6 comments

Mind reading is an important skill that cyclists need to anticipate the actions of auto drivers. Most of us seem not to have that gift. And I expect the same clairvoyant understanding of a cyclist's intentions would be appreciated by motorists. ... Read more
Too much to do today -- did it
Wednesday, May 29, 2013      2 comments

Running down the list of chores today there was too much. Kept at it. Accomplished it all. Most important on the list was getting the bike out on a trail and riding for a bit. Good to get out. Looking to do more riding tomorrow. Doc appt set for... Read more

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