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Past year

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Key word: Sucked

The past year included a stroke (mine) with partial vision loss, deaths of three good friends (two besties unexpectedly during the holidays), a second hospitalization, Dad moved to nursing home and Mom to assisted living apartment. BUT, I'm still going. Have been riding a new recumbent tricycle. Needed something safer than a two-wheeler. I responded to stress by not caring what or how much I ate and gained 25 lbs. Ack!

So here I am. Signed up for a 15-mile flat Centennial Trail bike ride in mid-September. Hope to stay well enough and get strong enough to do it. Up to 4 miles at a time in the last month since I started riding, but this recumbent is different and slower than a two-wheeler. I'm also still getting used to the gearing on the new trike. I do like it though. It's definitely comfortable.

I have this crazy dream of riding the trike across the country. If R and I stay well enough, who knows? My husband's up for selling everything and doing it too. Wish me luck!
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    You know what I think? —You’re going to do that x-country ride. I started out like you back in 2006 with a severe dvt, Lyme and quite a bit wrecked. I also ate to try and ease the pain. And I am still fighting this problem. I Set that same crazy dream because it gave me hope. When you can barely ride 2-3 miles no one gets your desire to ride x-country or believes it is possible. But I did. Like you I refused to let doctors define my future life. I Thought I’d have to pedal with my arms because my leg hurt too bad. in 2016..I rode every fun inch of a southern tier route. Used my legs, rode a touring bike. It’s amazing how the body will follow what the mind decides. You rock! And at this point my drs just sort of expect something different out of me...haven’t told them my next goal is a 2 week hike up to Base Camp. I definitely have issues to deal with, but believe in the possibility that I can pull this off. One step and one goal at a time. You have this 15 mile ride. Your heart ❤️ is in it and time is on your side. emoticon
    781 days ago
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    Yikes! You have had quite the terrible year and yet here you are with an amazing can do spirit.

    You are also here and you'll get lots of tips and support to help you achieve your goals.
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    781 days ago
    Ooof! And here I am whining about my arthritis!

    Fellow local Sparker TEAMAGIS is a HUGE trike fan...not only trike but trike E-bike! She is planning a huge solo bike trip later this summer from northern Wisconsin into the upper peninsula of Michigan down into and across Michigan back into and across upstate New York State.

    You should definitely look her up and network with her. She's definitely a motivated, energized Sparker and bicyclist!

    I love your attitude and have to quit allowing myself to hold back just because I hobble up stairs and can't walk as far as I'd like to. You can catch up a bit with my blogs for more whining

    I am blessed, however, in that my arthritis doesn't affect my bicycling much. I affect my bicycling much more by not working out as much as I used to.

    How wonderful to hear from you! Love your motivation and spirit of adventure!

    781 days ago
    Luck and prayers
    782 days ago
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