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Old 09-14-2016, 11:19 PM
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Mountain Man Larry: Wow, interval cycling at its most thrilling! So happy that you met your goal. An astonishing accomplishment. Sounds like you needed a camera crew to capture you and the Bullet in action! Just goes to show, with the right training, motivation and friends, we can accomplish so much.

Concerning my little epic ride, I have to admit that I thought of you Dave when I passed the 20 mile mark. Like I said above, ...with the right motivation...... (Ok, Larry you made me come clean....)
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Old 09-15-2016, 12:50 PM
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Simply amazing, Larry. So impressive. Congratulations.

Veronica, my sit to kneel exercise on my bed is to help with sit to stand so that I don't need to hang on to things to stand up. I sit on my knees and then raise myself up to a full kneeling position and then try to hold this position without hanging on. It helps to strengthen all involved.

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Old 09-19-2016, 09:31 AM
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Good to read about all your adventures.

Dave - you will crack the 20 mile curse. but Larry's idea of breaking it up is a good one.

Larry - this issue was me, I hope, was that as soon as it got hot I hid inside this year, I really need to push myself outside, even if for short bursts so I get more used to it. It just went from pleasant 70s to 100+ this year and I was not thinking it would stay that way, but it did. Next year I need to just go ahead and assume that it will stay so hot and sticky. Still, with my sad training level I did pretty well, but the 70 miles was enough (more than enough!)

Teena - those bed exercises sound awesome for balance (I am thinking with my pillow top mattress) and rest if you get tired. Woohoo on upping your deck walks. Also I am thinking I could benefit alot from your sit to kneel exercises. Usually I can get up from a chair or couch or something without hanging on to something. But getting up from my trike, which is lower, can be a different story!

Veronica - Your ride sounds awesome I love getting to say "On your left" especially when I am passing someone on a road bike! Though I know they will catch me as soon as we get even the slightest incline! I also bought some lights, a front and back set. They are really bright and I am very happy with them

Larry - YAY on your Pikes Peak adventure. Love your way of telling stories, so engaging And awesome job! You are a super star!

As for me - the weather has calmed down enough here so that I can get outside some days woohooo. I did a 31 mile ride Saturday and it felt so good to be outside in the fresh air. The trail was super crowded and there was no poor etiquette on display. But the star of the day were all the animals I saw. A deer, a family of bunnies, a huge chicken/cock. a million squirrels, and so many unusual birds
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Old 09-19-2016, 09:18 PM
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Thanks for the detail of your sit to knee exercise, Teena Marie. Gonna try this...

Marina, I wanted to share with you an exercise I started to do to get my legs stronger for unloading from the chairlift when I ski. Since I haven't been skiing yet (surprising, right? ) I don't know yet how well it will work, BUT it has tremendously helped me get up from the trike. I am now nailing it first time, un assisted after EVERY RIDE.... Here's what I do:

Another Sit to Stand drill... I sit on a chair, hard or soft, and hold a 10 lbs weight in each hand, arms hanging down straight along my side. Then I stand up, and sit back down. Really works legs and abs. Worked up to 3 sets of 10 reps. I have gotten so good at this, that when I finish my ride at the bike shop, and the owner is outside, he always says " You know I'm here to help you, but I know you don't want my help..." Still isn't a pretty picture when I am positioning myself to get up, but I am doing it, and it feels like such an accomplishment...
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Old 09-21-2016, 09:58 PM
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Hi guys- haven't posted since before I moved out- this year has been crazy. Getting a divorce- guess that's not uncommon after disability. I've made huge strides with workouts, though. Started handcycling a little over the summer, and got a recumbent bike of my own. I can't do much on it (so far four miles) but I'm super excited my legs work well enough to do anything at all. I spent two weeks with AXIS dance company in Oakland doing their teacher training for adaptive dance, which was absolutely awesome. I loved it. They had me dancing using my chair and my SideStix. I have a massive wingspan!! Still playing a ton of wheelchair sports, and adding in basketball has been helping to kickstart my fingers up. Best of all, I just summit Mount Rose last weekend. 12 mile hike for me. Mount Rose is 10,778 ft. Wasn't sure I was going to make it, super happy I did. Maybe I'll post a pic that.
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Old 09-22-2016, 09:52 AM
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Thanks for the detail of your sit to knee exercise, Teena Marie. Gonna try this...

Marina, I wanted to share with you an exercise I started to do to get my legs stronger for unloading from the chairlift when I ski. Since I haven't been skiing yet (surprising, right? ) I don't know yet how well it will work, BUT it has tremendously helped me get up from the trike. I am now nailing it first time, un assisted after EVERY RIDE.... Here's what I do:

Another Sit to Stand drill... I sit on a chair, hard or soft, and hold a 10 lbs weight in each hand, arms hanging down straight along my side. Then I stand up, and sit back down. Really works legs and abs. Worked up to 3 sets of 10 reps. I have gotten so good at this, that when I finish my ride at the bike shop, and the owner is outside, he always says " You know I'm here to help you, but I know you don't want my help..." Still isn't a pretty picture when I am positioning myself to get up, but I am doing it, and it feels like such an accomplishment...

Thanks Veronica - the last 2 times I was on my trike and I paid special attention to what I have the most trouble with when getting up. I seem to go from sit to stand OK (though I do use the middle bar for balance and need to work on that) but the real issue seems to be when I take 1 foot off the ground to swing that leg over and away from the trike. Not surprising as the 1-legged balance was the thing that original took me off of my DF. Starting/stopping was getting very dicey.

Are you going from sit to standing with a foot on each side of the boom without any steadying? This is what I really need work on. And the actual stepping away process.



npavlato - I am sorry to hear about the divorce, but these things do happen and its better now then later.

Glad you are able to get on the trike and go - such a feeling of freedom to move on your own steam no matter how far or how fast

And your adaptive dance sounds awesome! I had to look at some videos and its just as cool as it sounds. Good on you for taking up and exploring different wheelchair sports. Good on you!

And the hiking - wow!!! That is a huge accomplishment, and I do not think I can even come close to that! Please do post a picture.
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Old 09-22-2016, 07:14 PM
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Nope Marina, I can't unstraddle the trike without looking like a contortionist! No way can I lift one leg or the other up and over the boom and maintain balance.... if no one is there to just steady me, I can do it if I have my cane, or have something to lean on on the side. I can't imagine that there is an exercise that will help me with that... When I take the help () someone can hold my hands and I very awkwardly shuffle off the trike forward. Not very graceful at all! And while my sit to stand has allowed me to get up the first time,( straddling the boom) I need to use the boom for support. And don't see that changing either... But I'm taking my "little" success of being able to stand first time as a major accomplishment for me this season!
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Old 09-23-2016, 11:56 AM
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OK that makes sense. I dont see myself not using something to steady myself, but also the trike with and standing unassisted at all. I can do the action but the bike can move a bit and we need to control that as must as ourselves.

Now I just wish there was a more graceful step away process. I didn't take note of what Steve does but I will have to have him demonstrate and try working on that.
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Old 09-24-2016, 12:16 PM
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npavlato, WOW, you're really busy! Congrats on the summit of Mount Rose. I imagine just about everyone on this site can relate to "Wasn't sure I was going to make it," I know I sure can. Nice job.
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Best of all, I just summit Mount Rose last weekend. 12 mile hike for me. Mount Rose is 10,778 ft. Wasn't sure I was going to make it, super happy I did. Maybe I'll post a pic that.
As for me, shifting gears here, moving back to the club for weights, core work and legs. Found a new machine. It's called a Lateral. It's an elliptical machine that moves in the lateral direction, I thought it might be good to get ready for skiing. I did 15 minutes on it the first time and couldn't walk for two days afterward, holy smokes. I'm up to 25 minutes now and I can walk the next day but it does play hell with lower leg spasticity for a while. Love finding ways to get at muscles that still work though. Also doing the sit to stand exercise, thanks Veronica!

About the Bike
I rarely dismount my bike when I'm on a ride, particularly if I have someone with me who's willing to get food and water for me. When I do dismount, the bike becomes a universal mobility tool for me.

Most frequently it serves as a resting position, one foot unclipped, bike slightly leaned over, one hand on a break and butt lightly resting on the saddle. I find it is possible to move and forage at a rest stop in this position too. It's also possible to do light leg stretches.

It can also serve as a kind of lean-to seat. Fully dismounted, bike slightly leaning, sitting perpendicular to it on the top tube with one hand on a break. It's not that comfortable but does serve in a pinch.

And the bike as a cane. I almost always use this when I have to walk and there's not a shoulder to borrow near by. Fully dismounted, standing on the left side of the bike, both hands on the handlebar, one to balance me and steer the bike, the other on a brake to keep it from rolling when I don't want it to. I find this one essential to get me up a hill that might have stopped me, to get me to a rest room, and to navigate rest areas that I can't ride for whatever reason. It's also the position I have the most trouble from other people with. Sometimes, on organized rides, ride marshals don't want bikes in certain areas and I have to try to explain that it's not a bike, it's a mobility aid and, if I have to, I invoke the ADA. It's also hard to take it into a convenience store, although I have done it. But generally it just gets me close enough to wall and counter surf to wherever I need to go. And of course, well meaning onlookers are always eager to help me with it by holding it or taking it and putting it in a bike rack. Again, I try to explain that I need it for support, but thank you very much.

My preferred use of course is riding it, on a good road, in a beautiful setting! Oh, that reminds me, the aspen are turning color here!

Nice work everyone,
Larry
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Old 09-25-2016, 03:56 PM
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Hi all,

I like the info and discussion on sit to stand. I have often wondered how everyone gets up from your trikes. I still plan to be on a bike, stationary to start.

npavlato, good work on your climb and the dance work must be amazing.


Larry, I like the sound of the Lateral. I plan to look it up.

I am still in my outdoor pool. It is chilly. I purchased a neoprene long sleeved top that is proving to be just the ticket to be able to continue my workout. I may also get a neoprene cap to keep my head warm.

I am heading to the pool now. It's 60 degrees and makes me think twice before my plunge but once I get over that, I feel amazing.

Keep up the amazing work, all.

Teena Marie
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