Thanks for all kudos, comments, encouragement and support ! It really help keep my motivation flowing.
Retired old curmudgeon with a passion for bicycles.
My cycling story:
I started riding around 1977 on an old bike. Kept riding and got a little better. Started doing longer rides and time trials. Got a new bike in 1987, my Silver Scapin. I wasn't a strong rider but I joined a local cycling team for couple of years. Raced a few mass start criteriums but mainly enjoyed time trials and kept riding. Work and family took over cycling for a few years and I stopped cycling from 2000 - 2004. Gained a whole lot of weight. Was involved in 2 car bike accidents while commuting to/from work (1993 & 2007)
The fall of 2004, I returned from a business trip and went to the doctor with a sinus infection. I was overweight (by a lot) and had high blood pressure, high cholesterol and Coronary Artery Disease. So, I was put on meds to control my BP & cholesterol and I began making life changes. I had 2 coronary artery stents implanted in November of 2004 and began Cardiac Rehab in December. Started to exercise again and after completing Cardiac Rehab was allowed to ride again. I continued to ride. The stress of work ended at the end of 2010 when I retired and we relocated to be closer to our family.
Now I really had time to ride but by 2014 felt really held back by the blood pressure meds. Kept talking with my doctor and eventually my Primary Care Provider and my Cardiologist discontinued all my BP meds !! The effect was dramatic as I felt like a new person and a new rider. While in Cardiac Rehab in 2005, I was also diagnosed with Premature Ventricular Contractions (PVCs) and they have now gotten more frequent. While my PVC frequency was just slightly under the limit for ablation, our decision was to monitor it for right now.
September 2016, diagnosed with Stage 3 Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD). I'm learning more about what this means for me.
As a Cardiac and CKD rider, I advise listening to and become a partner with your doctors but be sure to advocate for yourself. It is your life... take charge of it.
While I recognize speed is relative my motto is: Bike Fast / Live Slow... Ride On !
Keep spinning my friends and enjoy the ride !