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Old 03-06-2017, 11:53 AM   #326
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Re: 2016 Triple Bypass or bust, a bicycle log

Thanks Marn. My foot is feeling much better. I must have injured it, even though there never was a moment where I felt like I had done anything serious. In any case, there is a little soreness, but nothing to prevent me from doing what I want.

I'm sort of keeping this goal at arms length at this point. I'm just not sure I can do it. Even if I get to the 150w avg, I know there will be some moments where it will be necessary to put out more, say 350w for one minute to get up a little hill or a cross wind. I know from my other group rides those little selection moments are critical, if you can stay with the group and recover its fine, if you get spit out the back I will never catch back on.

At any rate, I'm going to see what happens if I focus on some shorter rides at more intense levels. I'll know more after a few months.
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Old 03-06-2017, 12:14 PM   #327
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Re: 2016 Triple Bypass or bust, a bicycle log

Plantar Fasciitis is typically an overuse type injury, not an acute injury where you have a particular trigger. The most common cause is in the calf muscles so plenty of SMR and stretching there should help, and if not, well you've done yourself some good anyway.
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Old 03-06-2017, 12:32 PM   #328
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Re: 2016 Triple Bypass or bust, a bicycle log

Yes, I'm not sure it was plantar fasciitis. It certainly hurt in that area, as well as my heel and Achilles area. It hurt badly enough and is recovering like an acute injury, though I don't recall a moment where I felt like I did an acute injury, if that makes sense.
In any case, I've incorporated some stretching because of my sore hip, and now I've added some more stretches for my foot. As you say, no matter what, the stretching can't really hurt.
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Old 04-06-2017, 11:27 AM   #329
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Re: 2016 Triple Bypass or bust, a bicycle log

Bumping my own log. My foot feels good, seems like it was some sort of acute injury. My hip still hurts some, but not as bad as it did in January. I should stretch more, seems like that should be an easy thing to do but just never seem to get around to it. The weather has been great and I've been ridding a fair amount. Still in need of a goal event for this year. I had one in mind in June that was canceled.
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Old 04-26-2017, 02:48 PM   #330
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Re: 2016 Triple Bypass or bust, a bicycle log

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In the evening, my wife and daughter wanted me to go with them to LA Fitness and try the body shaping class. FFS, I found out just how bad of "shape" I'm in. I've ridden ever increasing miles the last 5 years, and convinced myself I was getting in better and better shape, but all I've done is get my legs accustomed to the workload. The rest of me is in bad shape.
I will continue to do the class and see if I can get in better all around condition.
I posted that over 2 years ago(2/12/15), hard to believe. I still do one or two of the body shaping classes most weeks. The class consists of doing dumbbell work and body weight exercises. Not going to lie, its mostly women in the class. Bad for the ego, but so be it. When I started I struggled to finish the class, even with extremely light dumbbells. Now I pretty much cruise through the class using weights that are three times heavier than when I started. The funny thing is it hasn't really helped my bike riding or made me look any different. My ability to do the work in the class has probably doubled, but I don't look any fitter or stronger. I guess there are a lot of changes than can happen in a muscle without it getting bigger.

Anyway, my .02 advice to anyone getting a little older would be to make sure to do some body weight or other general fitness activity, as well as some sort of stretching.
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Old 04-27-2017, 07:02 AM   #331
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Re: 2016 Triple Bypass or bust, a bicycle log

cool to realise the progress all of a sudden. good job.
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Old 04-27-2017, 10:37 AM   #332
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The progress has been slow but steady, but since it was outside of the main topic I didn't talk about it much. Since I don't have much to talk about these days, I thought I would mention it. I know now just how much of a couch potato I had been, and how little strength I had. Its not like I'm Hulk Hogan now or anything, but I think I've moved up from the bottom 20% to something more like mid pack. Like I said, I haven't directly noticed a big change in my ability to power a bike, but little things in every day life are a little easier. And to me the big thing is what it will be like in 10 or 15 years. A really big issue for senior citizens is the lose of muscle to do stuff, like maintain their balance. And I will be a senior citizen in 10 years.
Heck, I already see stuff for 55 and older. And I qualify.
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Old 06-12-2017, 11:19 AM   #333
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Re: 2016 Triple Bypass or bust, a bicycle log

So, we went to Seattle to visit my sister in law a couple of weeks ago. Did a lot of walking and some short hikes, but nothing really major. The day after coming back my osteoarthritic left knee was extremely painful. Not sure if was all the hiking, or just happenstance, but I've been quite limited. Trying to ease back in to riding. It is still sore to walk on, but feels ok on the bike and riding may actually be helping. Only goal now is to get back to walking and riding without any pain.
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Old 07-06-2017, 07:06 PM   #334
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Re: 2016 Triple Bypass or bust, a bicycle log

Triple Bypass is cancelled this year!
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Old 07-07-2017, 11:31 AM   #335
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Triple Bypass is cancelled this year!
Holy crap! I just saw your post, I see forest fires are the reason. That is too bad, both for the reason and for the riders. I've been feeling sorry for myself for having a bit of a lost bike riding season, but I guess things could have been worse. I would have hated for this to happen last year after planning so hard for it.
In other news, I went in for a checkup and talked to the Doc about my very sore knee yesterday. He told me he could give me steroid shot in it. I had him do it, and it feels so much better. Hopefully it holds up. If the weather holds up I will do a ride on Saturday.
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Old 07-07-2017, 12:02 PM   #336
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All the best luck on your recovery. Steroids can do wonders so I bet you will be up to speed in no time.
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Old 07-14-2017, 01:04 PM   #337
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Re: 2016 Triple Bypass or bust, a bicycle log

Thanks. As the man said who fell off the top of the building as he passed each floor, so far so good.

I'm pretty impressed with the immediate and continued relief from that shot. I would have done it much earlier if I'd known how good it would feel.

Got my checkup results as well. Pretty much all in the normal range. The only thing a little high was total cholesterol, at 212. However, my HDL (good stuff) was 97 and my LDL (bad) was 105, which is a really good ratio, so I'm not worrying too much about it. My triglycerides were really high in 2010, before cycling and weight loss, and they were good this time. So ya me.
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Old 08-07-2017, 02:26 PM   #338
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Re: 2016 Triple Bypass or bust, a bicycle log

Left knee update, still doing well. I'm back to being aware its not a 100% healthy knee, but nothing like it was pre shot. For 3 weeks after the shot, it felt awesome. Now its back to how it felt last year, which we will call normal.

I am considering traveling to New Mexico and seeing if I can finish the Enchanted Circle Century (9/10/2017). I feel like this is unfinished business for me.

But, their website is terrible, and I can't even tell if they are having it this year for sure. They have the main page:
https://redriver.org/events/annual-e...tury-bike-tour

with a link to click here for more details, and if you click that link it gives you the same info with a link for details, which takes you back to the first page. No registration, route maps, or other details for 2017. Grrr.
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Old 08-14-2017, 12:21 PM   #339
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Re: 2016 Triple Bypass or bust, a bicycle log

So, I am going to go back to the ECC and ride it again. The website is:
https://www.redriverchamber.org/ench...tury-bike-tour
In case anyone stumbles over this post looking for info.

I may not be in as good as shape as I was in 2015, but I think with a little better pacing and nutrition I can do a decent ride, for me. Plus I like New Mexico, so it will be a mini vacation mixed with a bike ride.
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Old 08-28-2017, 10:11 AM   #340
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Re: 2016 Triple Bypass or bust, a bicycle log

I decided at the 11th hour to take advantage of the unseasonably cool Texas weather and ride the Hotter N' Hell Hundred this year. Started off in the mid 60's and the high only briefly touched 90. Did a good ride for me absent the heat, and finished in 6:47 moving time, 7:45 total time. The last time I rode it in 2014 the times were 7:24 moving and 9:47 elapsed. That 15 to 20 degrees of heat makes a big difference, in case anyone was wondering.
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Old 09-13-2017, 09:40 AM   #341
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I rode and finished the ECC. It is a hard ride, I'm glad I finished it. Won't go back unless I weigh less than 170 pounds. Sadly I'm back to 198 despite my best intentions.
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