Friday, May 17, 2013
Got preliminary result this afternoon - lung cancer. This is now the 4th different cancer I have gotten.
This mass was not showing 6 months ago, so hoping we can catch it in time. Waiting for the full biopsy results and see if additional tests are needed. Then we will see what my doctors and I can work up as treatment.
Thanks, Wayne D for making the "Army Strong" coment on my facebook page. That's the inspiration for the "photo" with this posting.
Monday, May 13, 2013
While there, got a call from high school friend. he and his wife was in town (knew they might try to stop by). Met them at Village Inn for pie and coffee. Nice visit.
Relaxed a little at home. but by noon, the weather was just too nice to say inside. Knowing the I will be in the hospital for sever days this week, I loaded the hybrid on the car rack and drove to the Wabash Trace trailhead.
Was debating of ride there or take the hardtail to Silver City to ride The Trace. Buth knowing the fridge is pretty bare, wanted to have a steakburger at Freddies after the ride. So, it was a ride to and around Lake Manawa.
Beautiful day for a bike ride and lots of folks on the trails. Low 60s, sunny, and a very light breeze from the NW. The broken trail surface reported on the 7th, has been replaced (See photo). While the construction tape was not stretched over the trail, the concrete was looking a little damp,, yet. I opted to walk around the trail section - don't want to leave tire tracks in concrete!
While riding, another friend called me and wanted to stop by. End of the ride, loaded the bike on the car rack and headed to Freddies for a late lunch. After food, stopped at the Trails Center for a short visit. Wanted to see if they had "Adventures in SouthWest Iowa". The cover of Summer 2013 issue is a photo I took on The Trace.
Chuck stopped by for a short visit. By this time, I was exhausted. Early to bed.
Saturday, May 11, 2013
Race weather was near perfect with clear, sunny skies and temperature near 60 degrees. A cool wind was blowing from the NW at up to 25 mph. Thankfully, most of the course is in the woods which provided some shelter from the wind.
Today's photo is of the start of the Category 2 race.
Photos I have taken of the race are posted on my Race & Events photography web site. http://win-photo.photoreflect.com.
Photos posted on the web site are proofs for ordering purposes. When photo files are orders, I will process the original camera RAW file and touch-up in Photoshop Elements before sending the file to the customer. Enjoy.
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Parked at the Wabash Trace Trailhead, planning to ride over to Lake Manawa. Had printed a couple photos of "Tom", the wildlife photographer (see http://naugabike.blogspot.com/2013/04/a-short-warm-ride_30.html) I have met several times on the Lake Manawa Trail. Hoped to see him on the trail today. Met him about 2.5 miles into my ride at the junction with the tail to the campground.
Short visit (might have missed him had he not stopped to visit with a recumbent rides I see regularly on the trail) and gave him the plain paper prints.
Continued my ride to the Indian Creek Bridge. Lots of folks out on the trails this afternoon. Talked briefly with other riders at the bridge as i drank some water and decide to ride on around the lake.
Stopped at Wright Road, planning to turn on the read flasher to ride through Lake Manawa streets. No luck. Changed batteries and still no luck. Have to try other batteries for the light is dead. This caused me to change plans to ride the bike trail instead of the streets.
Veteran's Memorial Trail pavement has some damage along East Lake Manawa Drive (just before the pumping station - about mile 4.6). For some time there has been damaged pavement replaced with gravel, but today I saw broken up concrete and have to walk the bike through the section. (see today's photo)
Riding North on Lake Manawa Trail along Mosquito Creek, I saw Zach (Xtreme Wheels) at the railroad underpass. Short detour where he and his friend John were stopping for refreshments. Nice visit there and finally headed back to the car.
Topped off the afternoon with a double steakburger and fries at Freddies.
Thursday, May 2, 2013
Last weekend, I received the June issue of Bicycling magazine. I took issue with the Bike Snob's column "Four Wheels or Two". Basically, he claims that if you are a recreational rider, "there's no reason you shouldn't be able to step outside, clip in and stay clipped in until you get home".
I sent the following letter to "Bicycling" magazine:
I sent the following letter to "Bicycling" magazine:
Four Wheels or Two
The Bike Snob is true to his name in his column. I am not a racer. but a recreational cyclist. In this area, there are a lot of us. Many of us are older and riding for our health. For safety, we prefer riding bicycle paths.
In my case, I live out in the country. It is 2 hilly miles on gravel to get to pavement. Then, the paved 2-lane highway is dangerous with just gravel shoulders and heavy traffic. Not a place for a 65 year old recreational rider with a mechanical heart valve.
I would like to ride to my ride, but it is just not feasible. We want to get out for some exercise and fresh air for a relaxing 10-20 mile bike ride. The only "training" we are doing is training for life. Get over yourself and enjoy the ride.
The photo here was taken when I headed in to the car to start it up this morning before coffee run. There was about 2" of snow on the windshield. The gravel road was covered with ice and slush.
Temperature is supposed to top off today in the 30s. Warming up for the next week, but also forecast for rain into next week. Sure not looking like much bike riding soon.
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
In the morning, I was still tired from the ride Saturday, so slept in. Kitting up for my ride, i realized that I had not eaten, so grabbed an apple to eat on the drive to the trailhead.
Aired up the tires and lubed the chain on the bike. Already, I could feel the humidity (though it was only in the low 70s. Headed out of the Lake Manawa Trail. Took it easy, but still feeling pretty good - a decent speed up Mosquito Creek.
A little over 2 miles into my ride, I saw "Tom" (a wildlife photographer - "birder" friend) on the trail. Stopped to visit with him. After all, I was not in any hurry. Drank some water before heading on down the trail. I started realizing that this was not going to be a good ride! Was happy to get to the Indian Creek Bridge for rest and consume fluids. It was obvious, it was time to turn back to the car.
By the time I got back to where Tom was photographing a nest of owls in a tree across the road, I was a little light headed. Stopped long enough to take a couple photos of Tom, drank some water, and popped a Shot Blok in my mouth. On down the trail to car.
A mile from the car, I had to stop to drink the rest of my Gatorade and almost the rest of my water. Slow ride with the wind (what little there was). Seemed it took all my energy just to load the bike and exchange shoes. Glad I still had some of my ice water in the cup in the car.
After resting a bit, I warmed up a pizza from the freezer. Drank lots of water and washed doen the pizza with PowerAde Zero. Processed the couple photos (that's my wildlife photographer friend Tom) and crashed into bed.
Don't want to duplicate that ride! It was about the worse I have ever felt finishing a ride.