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.