Monday, February 28, 2011

I'm a happy guy!!!

 I got the results of my various prostate cancer tests.  All negative!  Therefore, no beam radiation treatments!!
I'm good to get back to my training regime!


Sunday I zeroed my altimeter at the corner of Franklin and Oak and rode east up into the hills to the Company Ranch road.  Highest elevation gain noted on the bike computer was 669 feet.
Pretty good workout!


Latest additions to the bike; a handlebar extender and a headlight.  I needed the extender to get the light above the handlebar bag.

It has a steady light for night riding or strobe flash for daytime.
Good idea!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Gmaps Pedometer!

Gmaps Pedometer is a cool website where you can "click" your ride route and it will show how many miles you have gone, the elevation along the way and even the calories consumed!
Above is Tuesday's ride out the A&W Haul Road.
It shows negative values in the graph because my starting point was higher than the Noyo River


This is yesterday's ride out Oak Street / Sherwood Road.

Give it a try at Gmaps Pedometer.
Cool!!!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

I found it!

The question is, when will I be able to do it!

I should have a better idea after a visit with my urologist this coming Monday.

Meanwhile I am cranking out 15 miles a day!  Tomorrow I will have put five hundred miles on my Surly Long Haul Trucker!!

Whoot Whoot!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Ego boost!

I started swimming at our new pool a little over a year ago.  I could initially only do two laps before I was whipped!  But I stuck with it and increased a few laps week by week.  Since January of this year I am swimming one mile each week day morning!  Of course, once I got comfortable doing the mile, I started timing myself.  Early on I was coming in at around 49 ~ 50 minutes for the mile.  I then started mixing in some faster laps and got it down to 43 minutes.  This morning, starting slow for ten laps and fast for 26 I set my personal best at 37 minutes!!  This gives me hope that my biking ability will improve too,  over time.  

Speaking of biking, I'm finally getting back into it after my week of sloth!


Thursday, February 17, 2011

Up in the air!

Still not riding my bike!
Still learning things.
I learned it is fairly easy to get excited about doing an adventure.
It is really exciting to study various bikes and finally decide on one and then actually end up with it with the help of a generous brother.  Googling racks and panniers and picking out the ones I want and waiting for them to arrive.  Very exciting.  The newness of riding a bike with clipless pedals, drop handlebars, the strangeness but comfort of chamois riding pants, biking gloves.  Fun stuff but then....,
Discovering that miles don't come as easy as they did when I was a kid.
Discovering how dangerous riding the highway is.
How heavy a loaded bike is.
How up and up and up a hill is.
How "fear and trepidation" piles up in the middle of the night, "I can't do it".
How it is raining and windy and there is talk of 40 "beam radiation" treatments to my prostate.
How I have lost my way, my edge, my enthusiasm.
I am in the world of can't, shouldn't, and doubt.
I hear people say, "Hey!  There's the guy who is going to ride across the country!"
Who me?  Me and my big mouth.  I want to run and hide.

I guess this is all part of Ronnie's 70th Adventure.

I will be so glad when all this "what and if" finally comes to an end on that still undetermined day and all that's left is....,
what is.



Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Adventures


I had another appointment with the VA at Fort Miley in San Francisco.  This time I took my bike and rode across the Golden Gate bridge, first on the east side and then on the west!


 I got to see aspects of the Golden Gate Bridge regular car commuters never get to see like, the underside!!


And to be able to stop and watch sail boats from on high!


From the San Francisco side looking back to the north.


The view north at the low point of the suspension cable in the middle, east side!


Perfect weather!


Again looking north from under the south end.


And from Fort Miley in the evening.


The following morning it was time for my Fleet enema...,


And my prostate biopsy.  Oh boy!  No more bike riding for a couple of days.
There is talk of starting beam radiation during the month of March.
We'll see.
All part of my 70th Adventure!!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Gray Whale


I stopped by Mackerricher's State Park Gray Whale display during yesterday's bike ride.  Impressive.
I see the hiker/biker fee is $5.00 per night.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Just do it.

I did twelve miles on the bike yesterday.  Just took it easy and pumped up only a couple of hills.  I am able to go up some hills in higher gears than I use to when I started out.  My legs are getting stronger but it is slow going.  I am also spending more time in the "drops", the lower handle bars.  Using the drops definitely adds power and less wind resistance.  Of course it is harder on the arm and neck muscles but they too are getting better, slowly.