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Old 04-04-2019, 05:58 PM
penkalet penkalet is offline
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I am glad to see that everyone survived this cold winter and ready for spring.
Grady, Yes the trike is great for the new hip therapy and I already use less E assist to go at the same speed. Actually I just signed for the MS Waves to Wine in September. I will do only the 40 miles each day.
In a way all that bad weather as been OK for me because I am doing so much PT exercises, two hours the morning and one hour the evening for the last 5 months to relearn to walk with only one bad leg, the ms one and I am pleasantly surprised. I am using my cane more then the crutches and on a good day I can walk 50 feet hands free! That happened on April first and I hope it is not April fool’s joke.
I will be going to see my 97 years old mother in France next week and I still won’t be able keep up with her!.
Hope the best for each of you.
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Old 04-07-2019, 07:58 PM
Veronica Veronica is offline
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Location: Columbia County, NY
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Well Hi all: Time to check in…. ski season is over, officially, as of today. Was supposed to be in New Hampshire right now to ski one more time , but the weather didn’t agree and it’ll be raining and 50 degrees tomorrow with the beginning of brown snow showing thru so we cancelled it. I am so so content with what the iSkiBike has given me. Can’t even say what it has given me “back”, since I never skied this well when I was able bodied. Happily, Blues ( intermediate trails) are now something that continue to challenge me, but they do not freak me out, and I am able to ski them in complete control. ( Whew...). I’ve been back on my local mountain three times this season, and this was the first time in three years. It was just so wonderful to feel that I can really just ski with my friends. I might need a push every once in awhile if going on a flat section, but apart from that, we just have fun together. So freeing… And to think that next season, I can be out on the slopes of my local mountain every single week.. Wow…

Seriously, if any fellow ActiveMSers out there want to find a resort that has the iSkiBike through an adaptive program please message me. I just so believe in this piece of equipment, and really want to share the joy with the many who have given up skiing for physical reasons. Obviously, not for everyone, but there’s a whole bunch of people it could help to get them out enjoying winter sports.

Concerning my training in general, I have been increasing my sessions with handheld weights as I really need to work on my arms. Been doing exercises that fire up my deltoids more than my rotator cuffs, which are very painful when taxed. Just found a way to bypass them. I know this will take time but it feels good to be really addressing this. Been also bumping up the number of, and consistency of core work as my PT saw that my weak core is the culprit for my increased swaying back and forth when I walk without my trekking pole or cane. Been back on the trainer with the trike more consistently for the past almost two months, which also feels good. My focus there has been simply to work on getting better symmetrical pedaling. I’ve been focusing on the four sections of the pedal stroke , especially with my right, weaker leg. We’ll see if I feel this when I get outside…probably not until the end of the month as I have to get the motor put back on and once I do, the trike stays in the garage between rides. And the trainer is in the house.

Two rides are planned this year, and they are the same as last year. Our local Roe Jan Ramble, and I probably will do the 18 miler again…it is a challenging, hilly ride and just beautiful countryside. And I will be doing NYC BikeMS again in October. Actually just looking forward to getting back outside around here for some good rides whatever the distance as it is just such a great place to bike safely on the roads…

Happy to read that all you “hipsters” are getting back in action…. Congratulations Alain on your great progress and enjoy your time with your mom in France..... 97 years old, now that is an accomplishment! And Grady and Marina, kudos to you too! Karen, I like your goals for the year.. And Larry, as usual, loved your story of the “almost perfect” ride.
Dave, very neat that you are on riding on such a renowned trail. It sure sounds like Heaven from the description.

Happy Spring Everyone...
Be thankful. Dream Big. Never Give Up.
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Old 04-10-2019, 04:05 PM
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Great update, Veronica! Quickly, I have been putting in solid hours on my trike prior to HealtheVoices coming right up. Rode four out of the past six days since I'll be out of the saddle until Monday. But I'll still stretch and do light workouts at the hotel in Dallas. There are a few other fitness geeks going, so I'll be in my element.
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Old 04-13-2019, 01:27 PM
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Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Colorado
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Ok, time to check in, actually well past time!

Well crap Dave, now I really regret not being able to ride the trail with you. But it's neat you've been able to get out so much.

And Cl3me and Veronica, you girls are so up beat, I always enjoy hearing what you're up to and about your plans.

Alain and Grady, wishing you continued improvement with those hips. I've kind of joined the injured reserves myself by way of a back injury I got last year and which hasn't really gone away yet. Alain, - the Waves to Wine - I always had it in mind to do that ride someday. It seems like a classic among MS rides!

I have been out on the bike, actually I got 4 rides for 110 miles the week before this but only one ride in this week - right before the snows came. I have had to forgo the weight training recently because the back injury I incurred last year came back probably from all of the walking I did in Las Vegas recently. I am trying to get ahead of it though. I've already had one PT session, and I have an appointment with a spinal specialist and possible steroid injection set up. I've also become a zealot about stretching. In fact I find the only way I can ride the bike is to take a day between rides and do deep stretching. I'm slowly adding back some core work and thanks to the PT, some hip flexor exercises. Remember those damn clam exercises? When I saw the PT, I found out I could hardly do them anymore, so guess what!!! Oh well, hopefully it'll all be better soon.

Keep it up all,

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Old 04-26-2019, 09:03 AM
Marinadca Marinadca is offline
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So long with no update, life has been rather hectic, sorry about that!

I have been doing great with walking and biking lately, I even ran my first jogging steps in PT yesterday.

I haven been rather inactive for the past few weeks before of life, but I plan to show visiting friends around DC (walking!) Saturday and will be getting some kind of ride in Sunday. I will follow this up with a week in Chicago for my works sales conference, so back to inactivity.

Glad to read about all of your adventures.
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