The Wake Up Call – Time To Get Serious

Today I had a regularly scheduled followup appointment with my doctor after having blood drawn last week. You see, I was due to have some of my perscriptions refilled and he wanted to update my lab results before sending the refill order in. I can understand that. It makes perfect sense. It just didn’t go as well as I had hoped. I’ve never been a fan of going to the doctor either when I’m sick or when I feel fine. And I do feel fine – other than knowing I look like a Walrus that has pulled itself up onto the beach. You’ve all seen the Animal Planet show and know what I’m talking about. Those guys always reminded me of Jabba the Hut. As I said earlier, the visit didn’t go well at all. Not only was my blood pressure up but so was my weight and several other key indicators (cholesterol and glucose). The doc (who is a great guy) and I had a long talk about my exercise and eating habits. It’s the same talk we had about six months ago. I must not have listened. In short, I’m at the point where he recommended two things: More meds. or Exercise and better eating. He was clear that he’s a fan of the latter. So was I. I asked him to give me some time to fix the problem and he agreed – for one month. I have one month to start making progress on some of my issues before he looks at starting me on more/different meds. As I left there I knew I had...

Cycling After Being Sick

I spent most of last week being sick with sinus and allergy problems. So much so that I missed almost two full days from work and spent a lot of time in bed on meds. Because of that I didn’t get any time on the bike during the week. About Thursday I started to feel human again and was looking forward to getting a Saturday ride in. Saturday morning finally rolled around and I did get a ride in. The conditions weren’t ideal (see pic below), I was still a little weak from being sick, but I couldn’t resist the urge any longer. Out the door I went. Surprise, Surprise, it was Windy Looking at the weather report on Friday I knew I would face some wind no matter what time I rode. I’ve gotten used to it after being here in Dallas for just over a year now but it still makes me shake my head when I see weather reports like the one below. Maybe you can see the problem (it’s spelled WINDY): The wind would actually get worse later in the evening and I saw one report of gusts up to 41 mph. Ridiculous. It was probably gusting to 20 mph when I rode. The problem though is that even though I’m riding a loop down at White Rock Lake, the wind swirls due to surrounding hills and you end up facing a headwind on most of the ride. So much fun. Almost Bought the Farm I was only about a half-mile from the house and came to a four-way stop intersection. As always I slowed...

How to Treat Road Rash

As cyclists, who hasn’t gotten their fair share of road rash? I know I have. I ran across this cool article today on wikihow about How to Treat Road Rash. There’s a video too. Check it...

I’m still around but healing

I tell you, the crash in Ride 23 has just ruined my ability to exercise. My shoulder is fine now. It was sore for a few days but is 100% good to go now. My knee is whats causing all my problems. I believe when I hit the sidewalk I bruised my knee pretty bad. It’s till tender around the edges and one of the scarpes I have is just below the knee cap. It hurts everytime I bend or move it. I’ve started icing the whole area twice a day and that seems to be doing some good. I do believe it’s getting better each day but it’s taking longer than I expected. It’s killing me to not be able to ride. This just sucks. In the meantime, I’ve been making a huge push with my mortgage acceleration business. I sent out a bunch of marketing packages earlier this week to local realtors and will follow up today with phone calls. If you haven’t heard of this program, I invite you to check it out. I can show you how to own your home free and clear in one-half to one-third the time and potentially save tens of thousands in interest. All this without refinancing, without changing your monthly mortgage payment, and without adjusting your current living lifestyle. To find out if this program is right for you, and to see if you qualify, is free. Contact me if you want to know...

Ride 23 – Crash and Burn

Well, it’s been about a week since I rode last. Not all my fault but some of it was. A business trip out of town and rain wasn’t my fault but laziness was. Because of that, I was planning on calling this post “No More Excuses.” You see, as I’m riding I’m concentrating on riding good but also letting my mind wander to different things. One of the things I think about is what to title the post for that day’s ride. Because it had been a week since I’d ridden, and because I felt bad about it, I was set to title this post No More Excuses. Before the end of the ride, though, events would cause me to change it. My alarm went off at 5:00 AM as always for a weekday ride. I’d gotten a decent amount of sleep last night and felt ok. Maybe too much because I felt like I was in a fog for the first few minutes of the ride. After that, though, I began to come back to reality. The weather was good and there was actually a little chill in the air. That was nice considering the 90F days we’ve been having recently. It was chilly enough that I rode with my jersey zipped up. No moon in the sky so it was dark. Starting off my legs felt….weird. They didn’t feel bad and didn’t feel great. They just kind of felt there. It was a weird feeling. They began to warm up and for the first time in a long time, I started to feel it in my quads...

Not riding this week

As some of you may have noticed, I haven’t posted any of my rides this week. Well, there’s a good reason…I can’t ride right now. We had a family get together on Sunday afternoon and I burned my right hand pretty good on a hot pan. I picked it up with a towel but it burned me right through it. The palm of my hand was singed a little but the worst damage was done to my middle and index fingers. The tips of both of those fingers were burned and I have another spot on the second joint of my middle finger. The locations (and pain) of the burns makes it near impossible to grip anything let alone hold onto a handlebar while riding. So, until these burns heal some (hopefully by Monday next week), I’m going to have to take some time off from...
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