Barron .... thanks. I have an appointment with an allergest to see if my throat is closing up on me during my seasonal allergy season. If it does, I am assuming I will be on an inhaler. If not, I am going to give them the article you gave me on the power lung. I am going to see if the allergist will prescribe me the power lung tool to practice my breathing the way you demostrated the night I met up with you.
On the market these go for over $100.00, I am hoping my insurance will cover for some of the cost if not all? The one you should me to get was not available on the web sites. Can you look on the web and recommend which one I should pursue ..... thanks
As far as feeling the strength to my legs ..... I am not sure if I would on a spin bike? I am thinking I would not notice the difference until I am on my road bike outside riding?
JHOLLNAGEL, I hope you are starting to feel the strength from the pedals to the hips working. It's all anchored by your core.....leaving you free to breathe, get oxygen to the blood and remove the byproducts of respiration.
Giant Steps .... i turned 50 this past Oct. I realized that my core was like crap and my flexibility ....well no idea where that went. This training season since Dec I ave been going to core classes for 2-3 times a week. i am trying to figure out and squeeze in a Yoga class 1-2 times a week to try to get flexibility back. When the outdoor riding season starts I am hoping I will be disciplined enough to these at home before I ride and after I ride.
But I too have gained a lot respect for guys into their 60's and 70's and still competing. I figured as long as I can swing a leg over the top tube I will still ride and race. I also think if I had to use a step stool to get on the bike I would still ride and race. The problem is if I fall off or have to dismount during a cross race how would I get back on if I had to use a step stool at the starting line;-) LOL
I'm getting close to 60 and hopefully on the mend. Check out my page, blog, and vlog. It will give you a clue to life after 50. It's all good. You will learn to adapt and with luck you will not end up being bionic.
I have one more hip to replace. I have constant pain but nothing to worry about yet. As long as I do all my range of motion work I can keep going.
I lost 80% of my right arm and 60% of the left before my spinal fusion. It's almost back and the nerves repaired themselves. I do get some twitching but I can live with that.
Brakes, I take my wheels out and scrape the brake pads with the edge of a razor blade to get debris out, then use scotchbrite. Keep them clean.
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I agree, it sure does suck getting old! I feel your pain (literally) man....I'm turning 50 this year and I have (what I believe to be) some mild/moderate arthritis in my hands and I have gripping issues with everything in everyday life, including braking! I've had those 'holy crap I'm not going to brake in time moments' too because of my hands. I just make sure my brake pads are paid attention to and bike is checked over 2x a year by LBS in addition to my own inspections regularly.
“Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever.”-Lance Armstrong
Tell you what! Now that I'm 50 I sure can tell the difference getting back into shape. As I go on longer bike rides I find my feet hurting and I noticed that my core strength and flexibility isn't what it was. It is going to take much longer to be ready for rallies and long rides. When I was in my 30s I remember that it only took a couple of weekend rides for me to be up for a metric century. This gives me newfound respect for the 70 year olds who rode with us on bike club rides! I had my biggest duh? moment. My bike has old school single pivot Campy brakes. These brakes have all the stopping power you need but they require a manly squeeze when you need to stop fast. Modern dual pivot brakes have much more mechanical advantage and feel like power brakes in comparison. I seem to have something called Parsonage Turner syndrome and my right hand is affected. On my rides I kept having this "oh my gosh I can't stop" moments but always managed to come to a stop just in time. I thought to myself that I must need new brake pads, or to clean and relube my cables, etc. Then I remembered that I don't have full strength in my right hand! That's the reason I am having trouble stopping! Years ago I started to set up my bicycles with the right brake lever going to the front wheel. Motorcycles have the clutch on left and front brake on the right so this makes bikes more consistent with motor bikes.. Also, the faster you stop the more work the front brake does and the less the back due to weight transfer so it always made sense to me to have my strongest and most coordinated hand control the front brake. Anyway, now my left hand is stronger and more coordinated than my right so all my previous reasoning goes out the window. I might hold off for a while to see if I can manage in the right lever to front brake setup I'm used to. I might have to buy some cheap dual pivot brakes to give me more stopping power in front at least for the mean time. Growing old sucks but it beats the alternative.
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