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Old 11-13-2017, 02:23 PM
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Alain, I did check out the Bionix wheels as well as an assortment of e-bikes. The Bionix is pretty cool, the only e-wheel I've seen that claims an 80 mile range and sure enough, it can replace the drive wheel on many standard bikes. However, it's probably more than some carbon fiber bikes might tolerate long term and in any event, would void the lifetime warranty on my bike. But, there are some pretty decent looking e-bikes for sale out there at prices less than the Bionix wheel! I hope to demo an e-bike for a couple of days some time in the future.

My training for the Tour de Tucson is mostly done and I am seroiusly looking forward to getting off the bike and back into the weight room. I'm confident that I can do the106 miles, the bigger question might be whether or not I can finish before sunset! My training probably peaked 6 to 8 weeks ago and although I might be a little stronger right now, I certainly am NOT faster. For the life of me, I don't understand why stronger and faster don't go hand in hand but that certainly seems to be the case.

So today will be clean tune and lube the bike day, tomorrow will be a short set of intervals and then I'm off to Tucson. My brother and daughter bailed out on me so I'll be riding with my sister - if I can catch up to her. She's doing the 75 mile version of the ride which will start an hour and a half after I do, 30 miles ahead of where I start. I expect to be within 5 to 10 miles of her when she starts and hope to be able to make up the difference by the 50 mile mark. That would be the Sabino Canyon wash where I would very much like to borrow her shoulder to help me across. Assuming I catch her by then, the rest should be a piece of cake, except for Snider hill. It's only about a city block long but it seems nearly verticle. Maybe I'll get smart this year and walk up it.

Take care all,

Larry
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Old 11-13-2017, 09:14 PM
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AMF, you are amazing.
Good luck in Tucson.
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Old 11-14-2017, 06:12 PM
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Larry, I second Alain's comment. Enjoy the "Tour de AMF".... Looking forward to the story...
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Old 11-16-2017, 12:33 PM
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I am seriously slacking in updates and staying current with this thread! But I check my email and see Dave's smiling face is an email from the National MS Society and that jogged my memory and made me smile so much

Biking update: I have completed my final century for the year in mid October and now that the weather has turned cool I am inside on the trainer. My aim is for 4 work outs a week. Some weeks I make it and some I only get 2-3 in, life is getting in the way constantly!

Sort of related to biking, I have a fit bit and have been struggling to get my steps in the 2 days a week I work from home. If I dont really try then even with the 45-1:15 minute biking work out I would only get 4-6 thousand steps. So I bought a nice under desk bike, and I LOVE this thing. I have already been a figeter and this lets me channel that into something useful. So now when I am home I also get a few hours of (slow so I can work) biking in. I can't say enough good things about this item.

In order exercise news: I am still walking for an hour twice a week and going to a yoga class once a week. I applied to the CAN DO MS 4 day program to get some good exercise and nutrition tips and get 1 on 1 advice from PTS and OTs and other professionals about my right side weakness, particularly hand and my gait issues as I'd love to up the intensity of my walks with a bit of jogging but its not possible with the way I kick myself currently.
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Old 11-24-2017, 08:05 PM
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Tour de Tucson 2017
What a perfect time of year for a bike ride in Tucson. Temperatures between 50 and 80, perfect sunrises and sunsets, calm and quiet, almost enough to make a person think they could live there. It genuinely was a near perfect setting for the ride.

My heart was set on doing the whole 106 miles but since almost everyone who had originally expressed an interest in doing this ride with me bailed out, I altered my plan a little. I started my ride about 6 or 7 miles into the 106 mile course. This put me just on the other side of the first sand wash, which I wasn't keen to walk without a shoulder to hang on to anyway, and allowed me to sleep in a bit since I didn't have to get there at 0-dark thirty to get a spot at the beginning of the que. It was a good plan, all I had to do was wait for the really good riders to pass by first. That and a little fooling around with the bike, took about 30 minutes which gave me a 7:30 start time.

My sister's start was at 8:30 more than 20 miles ahead of me and it was slightly uphill into a moderate head wind of 5 to 10 mph, consequently I wasn't even close by the time she started. Our alternate plan was to meet at the Sabino Canyon wash if I could close the gap to something reasonable. But in spite of holding a pretty good pace, I was only able to get to within 30 minutes of her by the time she got to Sabino Canyon so I told her to go ahead and maybe I'd catch her before the end.

Even though I was getting passed by every other rider on the course, I made good time to Sabino Canyon and I only stopped twice, once for water and once for a bathroom break. The Sabino Canyon wash was in excellent condition this year, the bulk of it was hard packed, even rideable except for the plethora of bikes and people and bathrooms and aid staitions strewn all along its length. So I walked it. If I got passed by a lot of bikes on the course, I got passed by twice that many while walking across the wash at my usual slow ambling pace. Ah well, I may have been embarrassingly slow but at least I didn't stumble and fall down. I side stepped up the short but steep climb out of the wash on the other side and once again got a little push from a good Samaritan to clear the lip at the top. Thanks again who ever you are.

Once thru the wash, I took a few minutes to empty the sand out of my shoes and grab some water and a snack before making my way to the dreaded Snyder Hill. Throughout that first 48 miles, my left ham string had been bothering me, a leftover from all of the training and one I thought I'd managed to overcome but obviously hadn't quite. I was painfully aware of that ham string as I approached Snider Hill. The hill wasn't quite like I recalled, it was longer but started out easier than I had thought but toward the top it got every bit as steep as I remembered. However, I managed to get the right gear this year and got accolades from the onlookers as I stood on the pedals to crest the hill, heart rate running at maximum. I think that hill is what it takes to really get the endorphins flowing. After I got over it, the ham string problem was gone and I felt great.

I encountered a cluster of 55 mile riders and another cluster of 38 mile riders, always unpredictable groups. They tend to wander across the entire road and can't be relied on to respond to an "on your left" voice alert. They carry dogs and people in trailers, bandy boom boxes on their bikes at full volume and are generally an unruly bunch out for a casual Saturday fun ride. It was a slow go, taking about 30 minutes to get through them safely, but not long after I did I made the turn onto the final stretch with a nice tail wind to take me in.

In the end I rode 100 miles in 6:33 saddle time, a 15 mph average, and about 7:40 elapsed time, still a pretty good pace for me. There are still some rough roads on the TDT, rough enough to bounce the chain right off your chainrings but the beer afterwards was the best I've had so far.

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Old 11-26-2017, 09:42 AM
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Larry, I’m happy for you. Sounds like it was a satisfying ride, despite the “loneliness of the distance” cyclist.... Century at the end of the season...nice way to wrap it up as winter moves in...
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Old 11-26-2017, 07:09 PM
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Larry,

Sounds like your amazing, inspirational self. What a way to wrap up the season. Loved the description of the desert. Honeymooned in that part of the world and was blown away by the beauty.

Cheers and I will hoist a pint to you,

Teena Marie
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Old 11-28-2017, 12:24 PM
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Wow Larry! I love the way that you describe your adventures, its like we are along for the ride
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Old 11-28-2017, 12:38 PM
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Thanks girls, finishing the ride without having a shoulder to lean on was certainly a confidence booster in terms of self reliance. In the final analysis, it really only cost me a slower walk across one arroyo and a couple of forays into some of the more popular but navigationally difficult rest areas.

The next task is to put together a winter program. The twice weekly yoga is already in place and needs to include a walk before class. I need to work in at least a twice weekly weight room schedule. And, I got into such good shape this year I'd like to retain most of it over the winter months. Do I forsee spin classes in my future? YUCK! I wonder if I can find a spin class that emphasizes speed work over standing on the pedals until I fall over?

Everybody got a winter program in place?

Larry

Ps. And here's hoisting a pint back at ya!

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Old 11-29-2017, 03:29 PM
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Glad you got a confidence boost!

Can I ask how long each weight work out takes you?

Currently my winter routine is 4 x week bike trainer, 2 x week hour walk (at a gym) and once a week yoga. As you can see there is no strength training at all. I know I should do something but I dont want to give up any work outs for it and don't really love spending lots of time with weights. Its something I have been mulling over, how to get some strength stuff in but not give up my schedule.

I just hope this winter there is nothing that forces my off for weeks at a time making me need to start over again. Last year it was a December cruise, then I got sick, then once I got better I fell and twisted my ankle. Past years I forget what it has been, but it seems to always be something in that Dec-Feb time frame. So the goal is to stay active all winter.
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