Although it has just been just over 3 weeks since my last race, it seems like an eternity. It is crazy how much of my life revolves around training, bike riding, etc. When that focus changes, somehow the adventures still continue. The kind without race reports, but I am keeping busy and getting stronger. It has been a constant roller coaster of good days and bad. My first weekend 'off', I traveled to Seattle to celebrate my good friend Pam's 40th birthday, spending some long overdue time with her and her family. This was instead of going up there and then racing Enumclaw. I took the train and even brought my bike. I think I have found my new way to get to Seattle. The weather was nice for a few days and Pam and I even got to take a bike ride together. I can not remember the last time we did this.
|Long time friends! Pam and I.|
|Pam & Evie helping me with my PT exercises.|
|Never a dull moment with Kirin and Evie.|
The tables turned on Monday, May 23rd. Just 2 short weeks after my problems were 'diagnosed'. I had my first day that was almost pain free. After PT that day, something just clicked. I could stand up and sit down unassisted. And I saw the light at the end of the tunnel. Things were getting better. I moderated my efforts on the bike, being very mindful not to over do it. And I kept feeling pretty good.
The week progressed and then this last weekend we spent at the cabin. I was excited to have my bike on the car headed out of town. I did a record of 3 days of riding in a row. I am keeping my rides at about 2 hours, but increasing the difficulty. I am back riding in the endurance zone, putting pressure on the pedals, climbing hills. It is progress. It is definitely a reality check. But it is also just a reminder of how lucky I am to have my health.Not a day goes by that I take it for granted.
|Saturday night dinner|
|Sunday hanging out.|
|drinking a little|
|the fun never ends|
|Took a ride with Patricia Dowd, visiting from Montana & long time friend Carol. Another person I haven't ridden with in years!!! So nice.|
Now with Mt. Hood just around the corner, I am grumpy I am not doing it, but I am supporting a houseful of master riders and some women 1/2 friends. I will be driving the car for the 1/2 women on Friday's stage and helping with Tour De Hood. I will get to ride, but I know how much it sucks to be at a race you would rather be racing and be helping instead. I have been here before. But you have to give back. And if you can't race, staying away doesn't make the pain of not racing go away. I wish everyone luck and safe riding. It's going to be epic!