Did you ride today?

Discussion in 'General Bike Discussion' started by John_V, Sep 1, 2012.

  1. newleaf150

    newleaf150 Deranged Touring Cyclist Tavern Member

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    No ride today per doctor's orders. In preparing for when that changes, I got my brother to help me take my Sun recumbent in to have the failing rear wheel replaced. He not only has a pickup truck, but can also pick up my bike without hurting himself. I could before and will be able to again, but it's out of the question at present.

    It may be months before I'm cleared for the saddle, but I'll be able to ride a 'bent before I can ride a diamond frame. I will be ready.
     
  2. John_V

    John_V Moderator Staff Member Mod Team Tavern Member

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    Have you asked your doc about easy spinning on a trainer? Since you’re going to be on a bent, it shouldn’t put any strain on you.
     
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  3. Dos_Ruedas

    Dos_Ruedas Well-Known Member

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    Good idea John ^

    I hope that’s a possibility newleaf
     
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  4. newleaf150

    newleaf150 Deranged Touring Cyclist Tavern Member

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    I wish! When I recently spoke to the surgeon on a follow up visit, he flatly said no to bicycling, whether recumbent or diamond frame, on trainer or off :(. This is due to the damage done to my abs in the course of the first surgery. Though the damage is healing, he felt it best to play it conservative. Something about almost dying inclines me to listen to him, even though I think his orders suck :D.

    The original plan was that I'd undergo a second operation to restore my body's normative functionality along about next week. Unlike the first surgery, the second is considered 'elective' since my life is no longer in danger as it was with the first.

    Thanks to Covid, local hospitals have barred all elective surgeries requiring time spent in ICU. That means I'm on hold for the 2nd operation until at least February. I get the sense that I won't be cleared for the saddle until sometime after that.

    On the one hand, that sucks hard. On the other, the very last thing I want to do is take an ICU bed from someone who might themselves die without it. Our local infection, hospitalization, and death rates are all spiking hard with no ceiling in sight. Even if it were up to me which it of course isn't, I can't see any justification for hurrying my own recovery at others' expense.

    I'll just be that much happier when I'm finally cleared to return.
     
  5. John_V

    John_V Moderator Staff Member Mod Team Tavern Member

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    This morning was the first morning this week that didn't require going outside in overcoats and heavy jackets. Decided to take advantage of that and go for a ride with Frankie. Unfortunately, while the temps returned to short sleeve weather, the rain forecast wasn't looking good. Low percentage of rain until around 1:00 pm. Since we got a late start, and we felt a few sprinkles during the ride, I decided to stop at 25 miles and not take the chance of getting wet and coming down with something. That would be all I need on top of everything else going on.
     
  6. John_V

    John_V Moderator Staff Member Mod Team Tavern Member

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    Well, it was a thought. The trainer is what I use during recoveries from injuries. And it's a good thing that I don't get injured bad enough to use it because I hate riding on a trainer.
     
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  7. newleaf150

    newleaf150 Deranged Touring Cyclist Tavern Member

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    Stay well, John_V! It does me a lot of good to read about you and other TwoSpokers enjoying some saddle time. Thank you for your support.
     
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  8. rola643

    rola643 Two skinny Js Staff Member Admin Staff Mod Team Tavern Member

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    Calling November a good month.
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  9. John_V

    John_V Moderator Staff Member Mod Team Tavern Member

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    It’s better than mine by 200 miles. It’s depressing that the mileage I rode last month was less than my normal weekly mileage before all this crap started.
     
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  10. rola643

    rola643 Two skinny Js Staff Member Admin Staff Mod Team Tavern Member

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    I'm sure it is but it sounds like you're back on the right track, just in time for winter :D
     
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  11. John_V

    John_V Moderator Staff Member Mod Team Tavern Member

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    40 miles with Frankie this morning in an overcrowded park with lots of kids as it warned up. Didn’t start till almost 1100 or I was going to shoot for 50.
     
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  12. newleaf150

    newleaf150 Deranged Touring Cyclist Tavern Member

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    Today I was tested. Darned near failed, too. Kinda wish I had: I went to the LBS with my brother and picked up my recumbent. The new wheel is beautiful, the fixed bike even prettier, just begging to be ridden. Sadly, I remain under Doctor's orders to stay out of the saddle.

    I obeyed, but it was a near thing. Boy, do I miss the saddle. Seemed so wrong to wheel my bike across the parking lot and load into a truck when we're just a few miles from home by MUP... I fear these next couple of months are going to be long.
     
  13. John_V

    John_V Moderator Staff Member Mod Team Tavern Member

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    I think the Corona virus finally got to Mother Nature and the fever made her delirious. She obviously has us confused with Canada because it was 38º when I got up this morning. o_O What Floridian has that kind of gear to ride in this kind of weather? Yesterday, we had the A/C on in the car and this morning we're scrambling to find warm clothes. What is going on here? Looks like another weight gain day in the house. :mad:
     
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  14. maelochs

    maelochs Old, fat, and slow

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    I have the gear .... tights, sweatpants, extra socks, long-fingered gloves, scarf or bandana, wool hat, wind/waterproof vest, bandana over the face .... What Southerner is crazy enough to go out in this weather Regardless of what gear s/he has?

    Here in Flatahoma, weight gain has been the order of the season ... I am not sure my bike can support me anymore ....

    At least it isn't raining.
     
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  15. FRISKY

    FRISKY Maturity Challenged

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    "flatahoma"?
     
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  16. maelochs

    maelochs Old, fat, and slow

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    A ghetto region in between Oz and the Magic Kingdom ... a little known area which combines the worst features of a DisneyWorld parking lot, a drive-through liquor store, a rain forest, the Sahara desert, and every road in urban New Jersey ....

    Citizens must pledge to uphold Flat-Earth theory, which apparently often includes a belief that bicycles are a creation of the devil ("Ain't seed no Bike-a-cycles in the Bible .... an' I don't wanna see 'em on the road, either ... unless they are laid flat so I kin drive over them.") It is illegal to own a pick-up truck with running boards lower than the top of the driver's head, while standing (or slouching ...) The only positive is that most drivers are too poor to be able to afford using their coal-rolling equipment.

    Dogs must be kept on leases unless they have a propensity to chase or bite, and any square inch of land with more than five blades of grass has to, by law, be paved over or developed into a tract housing neighborhood.

    There are two hills, one on each side ... of every highway overpass. In all other cases, developers are required to bulldoze any inclines into the nearest flood plain .... prior to building a tract housing neighborhood there, whose septic tanks are below the water table.

    Without tourism the place would be .... well about as bad as it is anyway. So .... Y'all come visit.
     
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  17. MilesR

    MilesR Mom's Taxi Tavern Member

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    You lost me at worst features of a drive through liquor store.
     
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  18. John_V

    John_V Moderator Staff Member Mod Team Tavern Member

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    Well, I'm confused with this weather. We dug out some jackets this morning because we had decided to go to Sam's Club, since I wasn't riding. When we left for Sam's Club the jackets were still needed and the heater was on in the car. Left Sam's Club and went to get some blood drawn for my Urologist appt on Monday, went to Moe's for lunch and when we left Moe's, the A/C was back on in the car for the ride home. It's why we don't layer here in Florida. A hour or so of riding and you have to shed all the layers. Then you have to figure out how to carry them around with you.

    If the island wasn't so small, I would move to Guam. 72º year round. I loved it when I was stationed there.
     
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  19. rola643

    rola643 Two skinny Js Staff Member Admin Staff Mod Team Tavern Member

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    Thought I'd post this here. Got a little laugh from a friends FB post this evening.
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  20. maelochs

    maelochs Old, fat, and slow

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    I was going to ride my trainer but this freaking elf just sat there and wouldn't get off ..... I didn't Want to slack off .....
     
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