Back in the Saddle

I’ve mentioned here before that a long time ago in a land far, far away I was a serious cyclist. I had been wary of riding post-surgery given that I didn’t know how my vestibular system would respond. Turns, out — pretty good. I ride this dual-suspension mountain bike that eats up most of the hard jolts, I try very hard to stay hydrated, and now I’m able to to ride again! I owe my return to the trail to a friend of mine, Dave Wiseman, who lives nearby and builds beautiful fat tire bikes. With Dave as my chaperone, I took a couple slow tours of a ten mile trail near my house. I’ve gone out five times since, twice in the rain, once in over 90 degree heat, and once I got lost, but I have been able to cut twenty minutes off my original time! My ride today was 10 minutes faster than Friday’s, at 12.8 MPH.

When I redline on a hill it causes me to feel pressure in my head. Dr. Hain says that’s something I just have to try and push through, but I also don’t want to get the major dizzies 10 miles from home. If the swimminess and pressure sticks around post-ride, I take a betahistine (miracle drug) and Aleve (works best for my head), then drink a bunch more water. After a while the swimminess goes away. At this point I’m pretty certain that seriously anaerobic heavy-duty mountain climbing at max threshold would not be possible. I have a sense that I could ride myself woozy pretty quickly if I weren’t careful. Maybe training will push that threshold higher. Maybe it is what it is. Either way, it was good to be passing people again. (Once a racer, always a racer.)

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