Starting to Rebuild

Well, 2016 was a difficult year with two operations.  In June 2016, I had my hip replaced after suffering severe leg and back pain for about 3 months.  Shortly after that operation, my leg was still hurting.  My doctor got me an MRI and discovered a golf ball size cyst on my spine that was pressing on the nerve that went down to my leg.  I had it removed in September 2016 but continued to have leg pain.  Apparently nerve damage can take up to a year to totally recover.  So I spent much of 2016 on my back or moving around very slowly.  And the doctor said “Don’t lift over 10lbs.”  Good luck with that.  We moved into a new house December 16, 2016, and guess what, we had like about 1000 boxes that had to be moved and unloaded.  Needless to say, I did not get on my bike once during 2016.

BUT YESTERDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2017, I RODE MY BIKE FOR THE FIRST TIME IN A YEAR AND A HALF AND COVERED 10 MILES.

It felt good and I felt good after doing it.  So I’m back and the REBUILDING is starting.  My friend, Larry Rostetter, was the one who suggested I get out with him for a ride.  He has also asked me to do a “duathlon” with him in March.  This would involve me riding a 14 mile course around an airport in South Carolina.  Larry would do the running.  At this point it may be possible.  We’ll know in two weeks if I have REBUILT enough.

We have also signed up for a ride in Spain in September that will follow the Camino from Leon to Santiago.  It should be an interesting trip.  And then in 2018 I plan on doing another cross-country bike ride to celebrate my 75th b-day.

So that’s it.  I will probably be posting more often now that I’m able to get back on the bike.  Hope you follow my adventure.

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