Bird: First let me say that I think it is so very wonderful that you and your husband are so happy. I wish my wife would be my favorite riding partner but she is not a cycling fan. So until the day when the kids are old enough she will probably not ride.
Also you are so very right about being a exceptional athlete. I keep telling myself that I need to do more but my body is telling me to stop. I used to lift weights and ride far and hard but now I can only manage to ride short and easily. What a transition this has been. After suffering an injury or some kind of broken part of our body we experience a new life and so we have to adapt to that new life. I am now forced to live my life trying to keep my shoulder healthy and not let it fall apart. I separated it many years ago and it has never really healed to where it was before.
I hope that you find your way with your heart condition. I know that it must be tough to work through but with understanding and time you will work to a new stage of life. Good luck and we are here for you.
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Fitness Minutes: (78,458) Posts: 10,864 1/7/09 10:48 P
I can't help you there, but can recommend some of my favorite people in the world. Check with your physical/occupational therapist, they have great work out schedules and can make good recommendations.
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I can't speak about heart issues, but, based on going through two severe rotator cuff surgeries with my favorite riding partner, my husband, I imagine that you will be impatient to get back on the bike, and will be tempted to do more than your doctor wants you to do faster than he wants you to do it. And I would encourage you not to think of yourself as the exception to every rule--which is very difficult for someone who is an exceptional athlete, as you clearly are from your riding history. Try to focus on short-term patience (ride deprivation) for long-term gain. Good luck!
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From experience in my family it really depends on what type and what the resulting damage is. Bottom line, bug your Doc and ask specific questions about your recovery and if warranted get him to assign a Physical Therapist and Dietician to you to help develop a recovery plan.
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Fitness Minutes: (171,698) Posts: 21,336 1/6/09 12:35 P
Thankfully I have never had heart issues but have found that a healthy diet of unprocessed food with lots of organic produce has improved my health to robust and thriving. I am now a pescatarian (vegetarian who eats fish) and the elimination of meat especially with all the steroids, hormones and additives was one of the best things I ever did for my health. Best of success and happy wishes for a very healthy 2009.
Welcome and good luck w/ your goals. I know I waited a whole year to get to this but I have been out of touch. :D I really like you determination but I also must advice that you not get in over your head. Good luck with your goals.
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Fitness Minutes: (448) Posts: 6,778 11/5/08 11:58 A
Just joined last week and decided it was time to introduce myself. My wife and I have been pretty serious cyclists for about three years. We have done 5-6 events a year and 2-3 centuries (including a couple of two day events like Seattle to Portland). We finished our last event of the season on Oct. 12 (The Harvest Century) and then on Oct. 18, I suffered a heart attack after we finished a "normal" ride of about 30 miles.
So, now I'm on the mend and off the bike (at least until I see the cardiologist in 4 weeks). Would love any input on getting back on the bike after experiencing any kind of heart issues.
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