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  1. #46
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    Glad I decided to check in while on vacation. You have my empathy, NWG. Everyone is so right, about developing other interests. I have never had a serious crash (just minor ones), but I have had illness where I had to change my attitude about riding. I spent a whole summer riding to farm stands and doing easy rides. In fact, I have changed a lot of my attitude toward riding; it can’t always be about longer and faster. Try some meditation; you can use the CALM app for free, if you don’t already.
    Emily, you know Pamela Blalock? She is from my area, though she lives in western MA now. She rides with many people I know, including my friend Jack, whom I often mention. Small world!
    Chicago is awesome. We did a bike tour just after arriving. I dislike riding city type bikes with those high bars; don’t mind flat bars, but these, plus flat pedals were enough for me to feel scared to death in the beginning, when we were in real city traffic. DH and I were elected to be sweeps, as experienced riders, so I kept it to myself. But, we saw stuff we would have never seen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Crankin View Post
    Emily, you know Pamela Blalock? She is from my area, though she lives in western MA now. She rides with many people I know, including my friend Jack, whom I often mention. Small world!
    I don't believe I ever met her. My husband knew her from work at Northern Telecom in RTP (NC) before I started working there. It's possible that some of our time there overlapped, in the '80s, but we were in different departments, and I don't know when she left -- I worked there for many years. She doesn't look familiar to me, but her name certainly was, as she was legendary for her cycling skills, even when back here in NC!

    Glad you are having a lovely time in Chicago!
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    Thanks, Crankin. Not that first crash I've had and (shudder) probably not the last, but this one was the closest call, by far. One thing for sure, I have a lot of time on my hand to think about what I'll do this summer.

    Yeah, Chicago is an interesting place. While it is definitely not my kind of place, I regard my seven years there as well-spent. Loved the diversity of cultures and all the things to do. Lots of great bicycling if you know where to go and a strong bike community, too. For sure, you WILL learn now to deal with aggressive drivers.

    Interesting weather - again - for us. We're getting pounded with heavy rain and thunderstorms and back into the 90s for temps. Have flash flood warnings out for the entire weekend. Did my daily one mile walk, yesterday (I've set one mile as my goal, for now) on my bike trails. More flooded sections than I've ever seen and it's going to get worse. Should have worn waders. Caught myself trying to decide what fat bike to use on them. Of course, I'm still thinking of the trails in terms of my bicycling. Probably be safer, for the time being, to get out and do my walking on the pavement (if it ever stops raining).

    My husband and I go out for breakfast at our favorite family restaurant every Sunday morning. Debating whether I should do that, tomorrow. My face still looks awful - not so swollen, now, but mostly black and blue and scabby. I look awful. Keep thinking it would be kind of rude for me to go out in public, right now. Don't want to spoil anyone's meal. It's Father's Day, though, so I don't want him to miss it. Did I mention how important it is to have a partner in your life when you go though something like this? I am so blessed.
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    Just wondering how you are feeling, Joanie.
    So long as the wheels are still turning, life is good.

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    Thanks, Sheila. All things considered, pretty good. The source of pain has been the severe neck strain and that's gradually diminishing each day as the muscles ease up. They put me on heavy pain meds, but I really hate those things, so I keep use to a minimum. The neck brace is a matter of learning how to deal with all those little things, now that I can't bend or twist my neck or reach for anything above my head. My spirits are good, though. Still kind of overwhelmed with gratitude it wasn't worse. That will never change. As for trying to figure out what I will do with my summer, well, that's just another challenge and I eat those for breakfast. I'm fine.

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    You have a great attitude, NWG. I wouldn’t be taking the pain meds, either.
    We are on our last leg of our trip, sitting in our hotel lobby, waiting for an early dinner and then to the airport. This morning, we ate breakfast at a great healthy food place by the hotel, as the hotel breakfast, though free, really was horrible. Then we checked out and stored our luggage and went off to meet a friend from my childhood. I saw her 5 years ago to the day, at a reunion for the first time in 40 years. I was friends with her, really in elementary school, not even right before I moved in gr 10. We had a great visit, at a lovely hotel outdoor patio.
    We were going to go to the contemporary art museum because of the heat, but it was really breezy and didn’t feel that bad, so we walked to an outdoor art festival. Of course, it got hotter and some of the walk was not shady, and we have sandals on. A mistake, but ice cream for lunch helped. Then we walked to Navy Pier and back to the hotel.
    Have an hour to go until dinner. We probably won’t get home until 1:30 am, but we can sleep tomorrow.
    We walked 20 miles and rode 7 in 3 days.
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    So glad you are still able to take walks, NWG! When I fractured my jaw, I couldn't even take walks for awhile, as it caused the jaw to move about (painful). Once I got it wired shut, I could take short walks, and that was a blessing. I know what you mean about imagining riding on various trails/roads, though; something I always do. I enjoy hiking, but it isn't quite the same as riding, is it?

    I also empathize with your not being sure about going out in public. I looked pretty horrific for awhile with my swollen face and then terrible bruising, so I pretty much hid inside our RV for awhile until I looked more human. When my face started looking a little better, I wrapped a scarf around my horribly bruised neck and just went for it. I am sure some people noticed, but ultimately, you have to live your life.

    This was me, with most of the worst swelling down (still some remaining), but with horrible bruising that caused lots of nasty colors in my neck a couple of weeks after my crash. Pretty scary, but if I dressed appropriately, it didn't show too terribly much. I also switched to much smaller band-aids for my cuts when we went out in public. I had a stitch under my nose and one on my chin.

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    I really do feel for you! This is not a fun time, but keep remembering "this too shall pass". It takes awhile, but things will get better. (Me now, for a comparison):

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    Cranking, that is a lot of walking! Sounds like you're having fun. Made it down to Navy Pier a time or two, myself.

    Emily, yes, that is very similar to how I look right now, except it's confined to the left side of my face, mostly, and concentrated around my eyes and forehead. I'll need to buy foundation by the gallon if I expect to cover it all. Thanks for sharing the pic. It helps give me courage.

    Rain and storms, today, so only got in a half mile of walking before another storm cut it short. Did walk at high speed, though, to beat the storm back to the house. My walking was out on the road, though, and Star was not a happy camper for being left behind. Just can't risk putting her on a leash and having her make a sudden lunge. She's very welcome behaved on a leash, but still ... Will take her for a walk on the trails, tomorrow.

    On a positive note and one more bike related, I am thrilled that my husband insists that he continue his daily road ride around the neighborhood for the sake of exercise, even if he has to ride without me, for now. His fat bike needs some work and tuning, but I can't bend over to do that kind of work, right now, so we'll have to take it in to the shop. He is addicted to that fat bike of his and I'm good with that. Rides it on the road, year round. Fat bikes are as safe and stable as a bicycle can get, not to mention super comfortable.

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    It is a hard call to decide when to go out, when one’s injuries might gross people out. But, you will find your comfort zone. I was in a car accident in high school and had 3 scars, a broken nose, with considerable bruising and blood vessels broken in one eye. When I went back to school, the eye was still a bit weird and some people were freaked out. The ones who were stoned handled it better!
    At the airport waiting for our flight. I am exhausted from the heat and the walking. I hope I have enough sleep to get in a little ride tomorrow morning, before it goes up to 90.
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    Covered up with as much make-up as I could stand (I rarely use, any, now) and gave it a try for our breakfast outing. I did fine. Only people who commented were people that knew me, anyway.

    Must be a bad week for wipe-outs. A neighbor saw me walking on the road this morning and asked me what happened, of course. He then told me about a young gal who was pumping hard on a tri bike, going the other way on one of our neighborhood roads, when he passed her in his truck, just this week. She was heading down a long hill at high speed. At the bottom of the hill, the county is in the process of putting in a new culvert. It is marked with a caution sign. For now, it's just covered with rough gravel and yet to be paved over. I know the spot. Rode over it a couple of times just before my accident.

    The gal apparently knew the hazard, too, but remembered it too late. She jammed on both brakes and went too heavy on the front. Yup, did a nasty endo. My neighbor saw it all in his rear view mirror. He reversed, quickly, and gave her first aid. He said her face now looks like mine, but she got beat up in a lot of other places, too. Nothing broke, though. Called an ambulance and that's the last he heard of her. She's in my thoughts, whoever she is. As we all know, accidents happen with any kind of biking. Please be careful, everyone.

    As for me, I almost made it to 2.5 miles on my walk, today (which I now call my substitute bicycling ). Hit 2.2 and called it good. Our neighborhood roads are all up and down, so very pleased. Very hot and humid, though. Bugs were bad and that was out on the road. Can't imagine how bad they would have been on my trails. Those are still too wet and slick for safe walking.
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    I bet going out for breakfast was worth putting on the concealer! You are lucky your DH is also retired, so you have someone to talk to while you are recuperating.
    Our flight was uneventful, but I read the whole flight, which woke me up a bit and then I could not fall asleep, despite being exhausted. It seemed like I fell asleep pretty close to dawn and woke up at 8:00. Couldn't get myself out to ride while it was still cool, though. I finally went out around noon and did a little 9 mile ride. Being it was 90 degrees and getting humid, I was surprised I could move at all. But, I achieved my goal of making myself feel better and more awake. My back, hip, and groin are screaming, though, because of all the walking, no foam roller and little stretching. I seriously need to get myself in better shape, as I am seeing changes in my body I do not like. It's not so much weight, though I could lose a couple of pounds, but rather gained inches in my hips, and some not so toned/muscular skin on my arms, abs, and back. It's not horrible, but if I don't do something now, I will pay. So, I told my DH I wanted a few months of personal training for my 65th birthday, which is in November. My instructor of my class is having a baby in August, so when she comes back, would be a good time to start. She gave up her business career to do full time training and teaching, and I trust her.
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    You're probably suffering from some jet lag, on top of everything else, Crankin. I really, really hate flying. It takes me several days to get back on track. Staying in shape for me is now a never ending battle. I'm in my 60s, too, and it does take longer to fight back and get in shape. I feel your pain. That's why being sidelined from biking biking, right now, has me a little nervous. Can't stand exercise for exercise sake, but the biking really isn't exercise for me. Just something I'd still do even if it wasn't good exercise. I'll figure out something, even if it's just vigorous walking. Only need something temporary till I can get back on the bike.

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    I don't usually get jet lag from just a one hour difference in time, though I suffer terribly when flying to California or Europe.
    I got into bed at 7:45, and again, despite complete exhaustion, I didn't fall asleep for a long time. My alarm woke me at 4:50, the normal time I get up for my boot camp class. I did go, but I did not ride there. I could have slept another 3 hours. Thankfully, the class was more weights/strength today, because cardio stuff may have killed me. The 3 sets of burpees almost did.
    I am going to rest tomorrow and I have a 35 mile ride on Wednesday.
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    We had been planning to ride today but didn't end up doing so. We're still at my mom's in NC, not great cycling, but the reason for not going today was that my DH had several lesions taken off at his dermatologist a few days ago, and he still has scabs and sensitive spots on his nose (2). He didn't want to risk the sun, even with sunscreen. Secretly, I didn't mind, as it is so hot and humid right now, and by the time we could have had breakfast, gotten ready, driven to Mom's, and gotten our bikes out and hit the road, it would have been 10 am. That's just too late to ride in this heat and full sunshine. In Florida, though it's hot and humid as well, there is a lot more shade where we ride, and more clouds in the sky too. The roads we have to ride on around Mom's have zero shade, as they are newer neighborhoods with smaller trees.

    So that's my story, and I'm sticking to it. We have so much to do here in the couple days before we start out on the road back to Florida on Thursday morning, that it looks like we won't get another ride in while we're here. So, a rather long hiatus as by the time we get to ride again, it will be two full weeks without riding. By then I'm hoping I'll be missing cycling so much that the heat and humidity won't sap my motivation!

    NWG, that gal's crash (endo) sounds like mine (other than the reason for endo'ing). She is very lucky if she just got banged up but didn't break any bones -- or teeth. I hope she'll be okay. Glad you were able to get out and enjoy yourself a bit!
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    Looks like we're all in the same boat as far as doing what we can with the weather we have. Our recent heavy rains have pushed our lake level as high as I've ever seen it. My trails are still walkable, but lots of washouts and tree limbs, down. That will just have to wait, though, for any repair. For now, I'm content to just walk every day around the neighborhood out on the roads. Yeah, old trail warrior me is now very glad to have nice roads to walk and, eventually, bike, too. One thing in my favor is that I've never balked at riding my trail bikes, even my fat bikes, out on the road. Who says a road bike has to have skinny tires?

    Been a crazy first month of summer, for sure.

 

 

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