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One-week post-op report

Wednesday, June 26, 2013      2 comments

I had my surgery a week ago. My weight is back down to less than it was the morning of the surgery. At times I feel energetic, but most of the time I'm a little weary. I could have used a few more hours of nap time yesterday. Maybe I'll get to m... Read more

New week, starting over

Monday, June 24, 2013      3 comments

I'm sitting upright at the computer. That's different. I'm down to 194 pounds, which lends credence to my thought that my rapid post-op weight gain was water. My belly was a little distended. It's soft, there are no hard spots, and I'm not ... Read more

Recovery report

Saturday, June 22, 2013      2 comments

My surgery was at about three Wednesday afternoon. It was more complex than my doctor anticipated (lots of adhesions), and I bled about 50% more than normal. But the oral pain meds were enough to manage my post-op pain. (I gave up the button... Read more

Serious case of the Blues

Monday, June 17, 2013      4 comments

I know I've written this all over this web page, but this is my blog and I can be as redundant as I like. Less than 48 hours until my surgery, and my biggest fear is having to spend four to six weeks off the bike. Every winter, I'm off the ... Read more

Extra resistance?

Tuesday, June 11, 2013      6 comments

My ride home yesterday felt sluggish. I averaged a little over 14 mph, but it sure didn't feel like it. This morning, I checked the pressure in my tires before my ride into work. The wheel wouldn't freely spin into the position I wanted it... Read more

Back to my regular life

Monday, June 10, 2013      1 comments

Last Friday, I had my pre-op appointment with my doctor and a pre-registration appointment at the hospital. Both went well, which was a nice treat leading into the weekend. Friday afternoon, I drove to Ridgefield, WA, to see my younger niec... Read more

Ride? Drive?

Wednesday, June 05, 2013      3 comments

The weather was beautiful yesterday afternoon, so I rode home on the south side of the river (a longer route than my usual). My speed was pretty good. I kept feeling a twinge in my right thigh (I think it's my adductor longus). This morning... Read more

Sweet ride

Tuesday, June 04, 2013      1 comments

This morning, I averaged 15.6 mph on the way to work. I was even speeding in a school zone (22 mph in a 20 mph). No worries though: in two & half years, I've seen a sheriff's deputy monitoring that school zone ONCE. No speeding ticket for the Tr... Read more

Mediocre Motivation

Monday, June 03, 2013      3 comments

I went for a ride Saturday. I'd hoped for about 45 miles; I decided to ride just 29. I had a hard time pushing myself out the door, but I knew that once I started riding, I'd be happy I did. And I was right. Once on the ride, I lowered my expect... Read more

My bike is home!

Saturday, June 01, 2013      3 comments

I picked the sleek red beauty from the shop yesterday. New derailleur, new cables, new chain, new front tire (unrelated to the carnage - I just took the opportunity to replace it) - $180. That's three tanks of gas, or god only knows how many cas... Read more

I miss my road bike

Wednesday, May 29, 2013      1 comments

I rode home last night and to work this morning on my mountain bike. It's about five pounds heavier than my road bike, but the big difference is the tires. Those fat, aggressive treads create much more resistance. It takes a lot more work to mov... Read more

Here's the damage

Thursday, May 23, 2013      0 comments

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Sick bike

Thursday, May 23, 2013      1 comments

I had a major mechanical on my ride into work this morning. One of the derailleur pulleys dropped out of the derailleur. One of the pins in my chain popped. The derailleur hanger is bent. (!!!) I can not make a big enough frowny face to ex... Read more

Good day to log some miles!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013      2 comments

I skipped my lunch walk because of the weather. The workout clothes I had at the office were a pair of shorts and a sleeveless microfiber shirt. They were inadequate for the wind & rain that rolled through at lunch. I was fearful for the conditi... Read more

Lagging motivation

Wednesday, May 15, 2013      3 comments

I went for a walk at lunch today, but it was a short, slow walk. As I was changing my clothes I realized I was wearing a Wonderbra - no running today! It was difficult to get myself out the door. I found all kinds of plausible excuses to not wal... Read more

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