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Old 06-26-2018, 02:53 PM
MS Yoda
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Colorado
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Congrats on the Assiniboine CL3, well done, longer race than I thought it might be!

Wish I could say I did as well. Unfortunately I didn't ride at all in the MS 150 this year, my back got worse, the more I tried to do and the more I tried to loosen it up, the worse it got until finally I couldn't really ride at all. I did go up and help set up the team tent and do what I could - until beer thirty, then I helped drink Left Hands beer and listen to everyone's account of the ride. By all accounts it was a very successful ride!

Saw my doc yesterday, it's probably just some strained ligaments in my low back. Ten days or so off the bike and taking it easy and he thinks all should end well, so I got a couple of books to while away the time. Afraid this doesn't bode well for the Triple Bypass

Next time,
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Old 06-26-2018, 07:58 PM
Veronica Veronica is offline
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Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Columbia County, NY
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That is one heck if an accomplishment Cl3me! Congratulations!! You must be on one incredible high... may you ride on its crest for as long as possible! I can feel your smile from here!

And Mr. Charlie the Tuna: Arghhh. Timing really stunk here, didn’t it? Rotten luck that the back flared up now, but I was glad to read that it is a mundane thing and not something more dramatic. I hear your concern about the Triple Bypass. Guess you just have to wait it out and see where you are physically once you can ride again. Sending those good vibes to you Larry!
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Old 06-29-2018, 06:07 PM
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I've been following everyone and dang it gets me excited. Alain, Grady, Veronica, CL3, Larry, the works. Despite the temps, I've managed to get in a number of rides. But I pulled a Dave (er, a Larry?) the other day and tossed me back out putting on some underwear. Was going to ride and "stretch it out" and then a voice in my head said, Dude, remember Larry. So I'm staring out the window at a cloudy, coolish day and getting grouchier. But probably not as grouchy as others who are in recovery mode after injury or flare.

The back pain is down today and I hope I'll be back in the saddle/easy chair soon.
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Old 07-09-2018, 07:55 PM
Veronica Veronica is offline
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Hi all: Dave...hope the back stays calmed down! Your honesty over “how” is admirable. I would have made up some good story, I think!

Now, I wanted to give you all an Update on Going Electric.

I am so pumped for what this means for my riding season…. I needed a few rides to really get the feel of how to best use this. As I think I wrote before, at first I was trying to NOT use a higher level of assist, ( pure stubbornness) and it caused me to start slowing down terribly again, and I felt the tremendous strain I was putting on my poor legs..and felt the muscle fatigue setting in.

So during one of these shakedown rides, I just told myself to use it all as I needed, and to even add the turbo pulse when the motor wasn’t kicking on fast enough or long enough for me.

This may sound dramatic… well, it WAS dramatic,..but I had a Lightbulb Over Head moment of a muscle memory on how my legs should feel when I am working at top capacity…TOP capacity, not OVER the top capacity as I now see I was riding the entire time on the trike without the motor. So I just used that as my guide…and since then the rides have been challenging within my capabilities, and pure joy.

Alain, you wrote how you worked with the guys installing your Bionex to adjust the computer to respond to the needs of your weaker leg…that was exactly what I wasn’t doing at first…the Falco doesn’t have that computer component, so my answer has been to occasionally pulse the throttle as I pedal if I feel that I am overstressing the right leg when the automatic assist doesn’t kick in when I feel I need it, or doesn’t stay assisting as long as I need it. It works beautifully.

I went out Saturday and Sunday this weekend. Our very nasty Heat/Humidity just broke and it was ideal conditions to ride…mornings barely in the 60’s and rising to only 79 with a dew point well below 40, and very low humidity.

First day I branched out from the totally back roads I had been riding on since I got the assist, and ventured on a circular route that I knew, but never rode alone, and never at a speed out of the single digits…and I don’t mean the high singles…

I found myself saying out loud a few times “ This is fun…” , stopped often to take pics and just sit there and grin. And found myself wanting to take certain rolling hills…again, a memory of the past when I would seek out hills to climb… I missed my turnoff that I wanted to take and ended on a beautiful, but quite hilly section of road and just took it for a mile or so until I figured I’d turn around, go back over those hills and find the turnoff I wanted. Again, stuff I used to do gleefully… Such a feeling of freedom from this awful disease.

I finished Day One with 14.7 miles at an average speed of 11.2 mph. During the ride I was focusing on how the ride felt, rather than trying to get to a certain mph…(actually didn’t look at the odometer when I was riding). And it is funny that 11mph average was always my number when just riding contently. Man this felt good!

Second day I just felt like riding again, and took the same route but added about two miles..took that mistake road of the day before , just a little farther down, and explored one side road early in the ride. Again, such a treat for me to have no worries of being so physically stressed out. And just moving at a rate that delights me.

On some hills I pushed myself by NOT adding a little throttle to see how I could adjust to the on/off of the auto assist. This is, I think, a good way for me to challenge my legs sanely. Evidence today was that my right quad is feeling it.

Added benefit: (As if all of the above wasn’t enough!!) I wasn’t totaled after the rides…I still had energy and my walking recovered quicker as I didn’t over tax my legs riding. NO knee caving in and NO calf hitting the chain protector. First evening I was strong enough and energetic enough to go out to a local concert and dinner, and the walking to/from restaurant and theater was no worse for the wear. Again, fatigue level as it was before MS. Pretty much...

My goal now is to just keep adding miles and elevation slowly but steadily. I have that rate of motion that I like now…don’t need more, this is fine, but now I need the miles per ride that I like. Endurance training is my focus now.

I’ve gotten back something I thought was gone from me forever, and I damn well plan on capitalizing on it. Feels so good to be back here.

This morning I did my 8am yoga class, then when I came home I realized it was time to SHUT IT DOWN for the day, and made it a recovery day for me. I am just so ridiculously happy …I don’t think I needed to add that, did I???
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Old 07-09-2018, 10:21 PM
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Well Alain & Veronica, because of you I’m making the jump to an electric assist trike. I did a 30 mile ride with my buddies this past weekend. It was hot, humid and very windy. These are the guys I used to ride with on a regular basis about 4 years ago. They were excited to hear that I am getting an e-assist so I can ride with them rather than constantly having to come back to check on me as I am red lining my heart rate trying to keep up. Veronica you made a statement about having to spend money to get the equipment we need to stay active despite our limitations. My wife and I couldn’t agree more. The trike I’m getting is going to cost me a bundle but it is worth it. Now I’ve got some bikes and a trike to sell to make room for the new addition!
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Old Yesterday, 06:37 PM
penkalet penkalet is online now
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Veronica, I am glad you enjoy the E assist and remember your trike is heavier then a bike so with level one and level two for climbing I am going at my wife speed like before! And slower then you.
Larry and Dave I hope you are getting better with your back.
I still ride 1 or 2 or 3 time a week for a 1 1/2 hour about 9 miles with 1000 ft elevation our usual route.
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