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Old 2017-07-17, 04:55 PM   #16
768 - It's in your DNA
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Originally Posted by JohnIb View Post
You've clearly considered the countless repetitions strain on your knee.
Have you considered the bad/unlucky UPD strain of your knee?
Just mentioning it to help inform your decision.

I think falling is over-rated. I just don't do it...it's a waste of time and energy. The compression from such an activity would be detrimental.

Today: quad stretches, rode 1.3 miles to the library to drop a book off, quad stretches, rode 1.3 miles home, quad stretches, applied heat, then iced. Then I'll walk 1.4 miles to massage and 1.4 miles home. Life as a retiree is tough.
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Old 2017-07-17, 09:40 PM   #17
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Hey! Stop whining or don’t. We have all got the fracas of ‘age-related syndrome especially at 60 plus

I have become accustomed to not being taken seriously as a competitive rider ‘cos my next stop is 70. Maybe circumstances make you a none-competitive rider?

I don’t compete against anyone except myself….unless I can see the last rider in front of me… then I have to be in front of him.

Sure you are recovering….best of luck….but whatever happens….happens. My best shot is to get into macrobiotics with a spot of engine oil and buy a multigym.
1 wheel, 1 day, 100 miles, 64 years...
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Old 2017-07-18, 04:35 PM   #18
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Nice work on your recovery, Harper, but I've been told several times
that I was the superhero of rehab!
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Old 2017-07-23, 06:16 PM   #19
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Originally Posted by harper View Post
Thank you. You are a wise man, Mike, and always the distributor of sincere and good advice. I, however, frequently ignore advice, either good or bad. I did listen to the advice of the PT, though. She said that the pain I experienced was typical from working those muscles too soon and too much and did not damage the joint. She recommended that I dial back the distance and level out the course.

I rode a bit more than a mile today and chose a route with only mild ascents and descents. I nailed 5 out of 5 freemounts which was really the goal of this ride. I was pleased with that because I launch off the leg with the new knee and had no trouble with it at all.

I followed the ride with quad stretches using a pull strap. Then I iced. If this goes OK I will probably make this relatively incline-free riding a daily regime and work up from there. After all, I'm trying to prepare for a ride that is entirely on a 2% downhill grade.
All the best.
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