I have an upcoming crazy / stupid / bad idea ride coming up. It’s one of those rides that makes people pause and say “wait, you’re doing WHAT?!” and I couldn’t be more pleased. This comes on the heels of my one year spinal fusion anniversary, and it seems like a fitting celebration if you ask me.
Time flies when you’re busy. On some level I knew that the spring was quickly evaporating, and work travel combined with general life had kept me off the bike. Once we hit June I realized that my epic-stupid-crazy ride was less than a month away. Uh oh. Time to start training, or tapering, or give up, or something.
Unbeknownst to me, I had chosen to ride a route that contained a Strava segment called “meth teeth” in southern Missouri. I mean, what could possibly go wrong?! I was coming off of a great 115 mile ride earlier in the week and felt invincible.
I had been itching for a long ride for months, maybe even a year, and I decided it was time to test the systems and strive for a comeback ride. April has been a great time of testing out my body and its limits. Calf surgery to remove a muscle and release an artery was in early March so I’m quickly moving away from that fiasco. My spine and core muscles have been feeling solid with all the extra physical therapy. A few early tests went very well, so I planned a series of rides to further push my body Read More
I bet a lot of you don’t know that 5 years ago I had back to back right foot surgeries (yes, I’m aware my body is a disaster zone). I had survived one surgery in February, only to discover that the tendon didn’t reattach and I had no ability to stand up on my right tippy-toes. The calf wouldn’t flex that way and pull up the heel because it was unattached at a critical point in my foot. I was completely devastated, wrecked by the thought of another surgery. Living alone with half time custody of my toddler, being helpless Read More
Deciding what to wear while cycling in inclement weather is tricky. It can take a lot of trial and error to get it dialed, but riding in most conditions is A LOT more comfortable once you know how to dress. It’s a horrible feeling when you went through the painstaking process to figure out what to wear last year, but you wrote nothing down so you spend the first few rides of each season miserable. I’m here to tell you about a system I’ve honed that could help you out. The picture above is me, sitting in the car after Read More
What a difference a year can make. It was this time last year when I started falling down the stairs, unexpectedly, intermittently. At first it was subtle …
I pedaled ahead, and Little Man kept dinging his bike bell 3 times, what he had declared as his “I want to go home” signal. I shouted back to him, too bad, you promised, we are NOT turning around here. I sighed and was waiting for him to start yelling or whining. Instead …
At the end of my post-op appointment, I tentatively asked the surgeon “How much biking is too much biking?” He looked me straight in the eye and said …
I know exactly why I told pretty much no one that I was having surgery until a few days prior. I can actually say it out loud now that I’m on the other side.