OK, finally gonna try serious cycling again - wish me luck! UPDATE: returned and feeling great!

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    Jul 29, 2012 12:10 AM GMT
    For the first time this year I'm going out tomorrow morning (Sunday) for a serious ride, see how far I can get. The ill effects of my cancer therapy have finally faded enough to where I think I can attempt this.

    And I really must, or else I'll never be ready to ride to Key West by November. I was actually in better shape for last November's ride, in the middle of my cancer treatment, but it was the surgery immediately afterwards and the continued hormone injections that took the wind out of my sails, that I'm still feeling even now.

    Well today 2 things happened: we ran across a friend on her bike, right after she had just completed a 50-mile training ride for the SMART Ride that I'm doing in 3-1/2 months. And then later in the afternoon we attended a fundraiser for a team that's also in the Ride. Both reminding me how far behind I am, in both training and personal fundraising.

    So OK, I got the message, and devoted the rest of the afternoon to prepping for tomorrow. I've now set out my cleated shoes, bike socks (a lovely personal present from the Saris bike rack company staff that I wear with pride), racing helmet, SMART Ride bike jersey & shorts, gel gloves, and Camelbak water backpack for this Florida heat.

    Yeah, I freely admit I'm something of a boutique rider, but it helps motivate me, just like I do with my golfing, everything customized & personalized. Playing the part helps me do the part. Are any of you the same way?

    Went over the bike, it's also ready for more than just the local errands it's been doing lately. Though just before November it'll get new tires & tubes, new brake pads, and the handlebars taped. Also set the car bike rack out, so my partner can drive it to me if I have a mishap. Always have a rescue plan if you're riding a good distance from home.

    I'm really excited, and will let you know how it went when I return. I'm thinking 20-25 miles to get started. Wish me luck! icon_smile.gif
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    Jul 29, 2012 3:04 PM GMT
    UPDATE: Did 20 quick miles as I had planned, first time in 9 months. Despite the temp already being 86 F by 10:15 when I finished, feeling like 102 with the humidity. The CamelBak hydration backpack is a godsend, I was sipping water for half the ride, never feeling thirsty or dehydrated in spite of sweating profusely.

    Only thing bothering me this minute are my Achilles tendons and my wrists, but they'll get better with regular riding. What didn't hurt was my butt (wore chamois briefs), and I never got winded nor ran out of steam, which actually astonished me. Being too weak was my greatest concern, but didn't happen - I felt great! YAY!!!

    And after a 9-months break with all my cancer treatments and how weak I was at one point I'm actually very surprised. I guess it's possible for even a 63-year-old body to bounce back. Now if I can just lose all this weight I gained... icon_sad.gif

    I've gotta be able to do the 18-20 miles between pit stops nonstop on the November ride, totaling 100 miles the first day. But for training purposes I want to go twice that, at least 40 miles, preferably 50 or 60. That develops the stamina to do those 20-mile intervals back-to-back, with only a 10 to 15-minute recovery at the pit.
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    Jul 29, 2012 10:36 PM GMT
    Does this mean you're gonna do the whole ride?

    I'll probably be ready for the whole ride, but there's no way I could get enough donations since I keep flip-flopping all over the country.
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    Jul 30, 2012 3:18 AM GMT
    paulflexes saidDoes this mean you're gonna do the whole ride?

    I'll probably be ready for the whole ride, but there's no way I could get enough donations since I keep flip-flopping all over the country.

    Yep, I'm doing the whole ride again. BTW, rider registration closed a few weeks ago, reached our limit early this year, nearly 700 total participants so far. So regrettably you can't ride anyway, but we still need crew. And crew doesn't have to raise any money like the riders do.

    Though I was kinda hoping you'd be buzzing us with your plane, maybe glitter bomb some of us. icon_biggrin.gif

    http://thesmartride.org/
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    Aug 14, 2012 10:56 PM GMT
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    paulflexes saidDoes this mean you're gonna do the whole ride?

    I'll probably be ready for the whole ride, but there's no way I could get enough donations since I keep flip-flopping all over the country.

    Yep, I'm doing the whole ride again. BTW, rider registration closed a few weeks ago, reached our limit early this year, nearly 700 total participants so far. So regrettably you can't ride anyway, but we still need crew. And crew doesn't have to raise any money like the riders do.

    Though I was kinda hoping you'd be buzzing us with your plane, maybe glitter bomb some of us. icon_biggrin.gif

    http://thesmartride.org/
    Just got word a few minutes ago that "my" plane may actually be "mine" very soon. If that happens, don't be surprised if I change plans and actually glitterbomb you guys...and get pics of it. icon_lol.gif
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    Aug 15, 2012 12:38 AM GMT
    paulflexes saidJust got word a few minutes ago that "my" plane may actually be "mine" very soon. If that happens, don't be surprised if I change plans and actually glitterbomb you guys...and get pics of it. icon_lol.gif

    OMG, that would be so great! We'll talk directly, and I'll run the idea by the Ride committee. I'm not sure about a banner, that might be judged a safety distraction for the riders, I dunno what the committee's views might be. But your aerial photography might be very welcome. I'll explore this on my end.
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    Aug 15, 2012 1:10 AM GMT
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    Aug 15, 2012 1:40 AM GMT
    rnch saidcongratz icon_exclaim.gif

    Thankz! And we just returned from a fundraiser for a SMART Ride team an hour ago, our 6th so far. I'm a member of a rider team myself, but since we're also on the SMART Ride organizing committee we attend as many other team fundraisers as we can, to "show the flag" and help all the teams with their fundraising.

    BTW, here's some pics of a training ride our team did in May. My partner is in several pics, including the group shot under the canopy, him on the far right with the Pride Center's Deputy Executive Director's arm around his shoulder. Just 2 hours after this pic was taken my partner was in a hospital ER suffering from a full stroke. icon_cry.gif

    But he's OK now, and gonna do another Ride as crew, his 9th since he helped found the event. And I'm riding again, too, though my cancer doctor disapproves. What the Hell - are we saving ourselves to live some extra years in a nursing home? Not MY plan! LOL! icon_biggrin.gif

    http://www.pridecenterflorida.org/2012/05/photos-get-back-on-your-bike-day/

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