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Saturday, April 19, 2014

A few years ago my neighbor was duly impressed by my health efforts and getting into bicycling. So he reclaimed what was once an interest of his in the past (cycling) and got back on the bike himself. Soon he was biking with his son and other friends and relatives. His forte is mountain biking while mine is road cycling, so our paths, despite being neighbors, haven't crossed too often.

Over recent years I've noticed many folks coming around to his place talking bikes and bikes coming & going. Upon further questioning my neighbor explains to me that he has developed quite the hobby, semi-business in taking in, purchasing used bikes and rehab-ing them, turning around and selling them for a profit.

Finally it occurred to me: Why take my bike into my local bike shop for its annual tune up when I can just step next to my neighbor's place?

So that's what I did this morning, sticking around to see if this all-thumbs, mechanically-compromised fella could learn a thing or two in the process.

Well I'm not sure I learned all that much, but did what I could to help here & there. I learned some things at least in my head a little...doubt my hands would know their way around without major assistance...lol!

Both front gears and rear cassette were pretty messy & filled with gunk and are looking mighty spiffy now! The derailleur (the original Shimano) was a wobbly mess and fortunately he just happened to have a brand new one (an even better grade of Shimano than was previously on it) that another fellow never came back for to have put on his bike, so *sure* I'll take 'er and get things running as good as new! A fresh chain, true-ing both wheels, lubing the cables and everything seems pretty ship-shape! He kindly only charged me for the parts.

No trip to the LBS needed!

It's so cool to pay my Spark forward to have ignited my neighbor's cycling interests so and even MORE cool to have it come back to me in the form of a knowledgeable bicycle repair guy living right next door! I've put in my request for him to keep an eye out for a Surly Long Haul Trucker for me someday...lol!

And why, pray tell would I care to have my bike all prepped and ready to rock & roll when I have designated it as off-limits while taking anti-coagulant medication?

Well, last Friday I paid a visit to the Arrhythmia Center and had a check on my pacemaker and everything was A-OK. I double-checked with the technician: If everything checks okay, then my pacemaker is doing what it should, there's no more blood pooling in the atriums and no further need for me to take anti-coagulants, right?

He confirmed this "in theory"...of course the doc / nurse practitioner / physician assistant would have the final word on this.

Well my appt. with the physician assistant isn't until May 19th.

Do you think I'm just gonna sit on my hands until then and wonder?

Heck no! Started an e-mail campaign and WOO HOO! Got my confirmation that I will be able to stop my anti-coagulant at the time of my May 19th appt. as protocol after an ablation is to stick with the anti-coagulant for two months afterward to minimize any clotting risks.

Break out the champagne! I've got such PLANS for this cycling season!

Which helps me to settle into my current focus: gearing up for my 5K on May 3rd. Last week I did 3 consecutive days of hour-long jogs, interrupted with a couple of spinning bike and and elliptical workouts. Now I'm on a 4 consecutive day hour-long-jog (#3 coming tomorrow).

The thought occurs to me that if my 5K time was as low as 33 mins. in the past, as I become accustomed to jogging for an hour, that's approaching perhaps, at least in theory, a 10K in distance, right?

And a 10K is a half-marathon, right?

And it occurs to me I must be starting to think at least a little bit like a runner.

Not bad for someone who doesn't consider himself a runner! :-)

Keep 'er Sparkin' everyone! Pay it forward this Easter! Pay it forward EVERY DAY!

It just might come back on ya in all sortsa super ways that you never dreamed possible!


ps...oops! goes to show how outta the loop I am to running...my bad, a 10K is only HALF of a half-marathon...! Google is my friend...if I care to USE it once in a while...lol!
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    Happy Dance! Happy Dance! Great news that you are close to getting the all clear. Woo Hoo!
    2461 days ago
  • _MOBII_
    That is GREAT NEWS!!!!!!! I am so glad you are on the mend!
    Sometimes all it takes to spread a spark is a word or two, now you have a bike guy close by and he benefited by improving his health, his wallet, and probably some happiness with a new hobby!
    You are such an inspiring friend!
    2466 days ago
    Great neighbor you have! It's inspiring to keep up with your athletic endeavors.
    2466 days ago
    Great news! So happy for you! May 19th will be here before you know it! :)
    2466 days ago
    Great blog! It's really awesome sometimes to see how our lives can affect the lives of others. Have a great biking season! emoticon
    2466 days ago
    You never cease to amaze me, my friend. And your story-telling skills are primo to. It's so much fun to read this awesome account of instant-ish (good) karma! I'm here to testify that the convenience of rolling your bike NEXT DOOR to be serviced and not even get charged labor...that would be $45-75 labor for me AND end up with a new and UPGRADED derailleur, not to mention the new chain, all for the price of parts, is uber outstanding. And, of course, the meds news is THE BEST!

    YOU ROCK, my friend!
    2467 days ago
  • L*I*T*A*
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    2467 days ago
    Awesome for passing on the spark!

    AWESOME on your cardiac check up. That's great news.

    Good luck with your running and biking!
    2467 days ago
    That's great news! You are now that much closer. I am off to work the hotel treadmill (has a decline to 3 which is great for simulating hills/mtns) and lifecycle. Glad things are going so great for you. I still use my lbs but can do many things on my own now. The internet has some great instructional videos for most things you would need to do to a bike.
    2467 days ago
    Keep running friend.
    2467 days ago
    What great news! And: what a beaming smile! So glad you and your neighbour have that bike all ready to go (and isn't that a nice cycle, if you'll pardon the pun: you inspire him and it comes back at ya!)
    2467 days ago
    That paying it forward is so nice..and how fun that circled back to you. I am so glad that your health is improved and that all of your labs and procedures are looking excellent.
    You are doing a great job of finding an alternative exercise while you are patiently waiting for May 19 and biking.

    2467 days ago
    emoticon emoticon KEEP 'ER MOOOOOOVIN DON. WAY TO GO!
    2467 days ago
    So the biking season will start May 20th! Woohoo!
    2467 days ago
    Lovely story, You're well on your way now.
    2467 days ago
  • no profile photo CD14253479
    LOL I saw that 10K error and thought it was me this early in the morning. LOL

    You are doing so great Don. It makes me smile reading your blogs. You went through some mighty scary times with your heart issue and didn't break a sweat.

    Spark/Run/Walk/Bike on!!! emoticon
    2467 days ago
    emoticon I was going to comment that a 10K is HALF a HM, but you beat me to it. Yes, Google is our friend! But as a gal who has gone both distances... a 10K is cake, once you're fit to HM level. A 5K seems short. And I'm stepping it DOWN for my Olympic tri which is "only" a 10K... I haven't gone over 6 miles in months.

    I'll have to step it up again after my tri... because I have a November HM, and another next February, already committed. But in the meantime, while my running miles have dropped, my swim and biking distances have been growing.

    Congrats on your "all clear" and the upcoming plans! emoticon emoticon (Why is it Spark doesn't have a GUY on a road bike, only on a mountain bike?)
    2467 days ago
  • 123ELAINE456
    Love your Story very much. You are doing excellent. Sounds like you have a like new Bike now. Enjoy it very much. Have a very Wonderful Happy Easter and Resurrection Day. Our Lord Has Risen. God Blessings Always. Take Care.
    2467 days ago
  • _LINDA
    How awesome is that? Wonderful go around with your neighbor!
    Good news on the medical front too!
    Have a fabulous Easter!
    2467 days ago
    Careful! Crazy talk has a way of morphing into perfect sense.
    2467 days ago
    loved your story! thanks for sharing! you ARE kidding, though, about a 10k being a half-marathon, right? emoticon
    2467 days ago
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