Category Archives: Ride reports (not Tu/Th)

Ride reports for everything *but* the Tuesday-Thursday morning ride

If you need a PT (Physical Therapist) for anything cycling, Todd’s your guy! Saved today’s ride, and maybe France too.

You do NOT want to experience this on a ride! Kevin's got serious pain in his left knee, feels like he can't make it home, and with France just 10 days away...
You do NOT want to experience this on a ride! Kevin’s got serious knee pain, feels like he can’t make it home, and with France just 10 days away…
It wasn’t supposed to be a tough ride. Hold the power down (250 watts max) and re-introduce Kevin to the routine after being off the bike through three brain surgeries for his epilepsy. We chose the old familiar… Old LaHonda/Pescardero/Tunitas Creek. Things didn’t go quite according to plan.

Old LaHonda wasn’t too bad, just slow. Not even sure how slow, but keeping the wattage down, it was probably in the 27 minute range. A bit odd being passed by quite a few people, and a bit tough a few times keeping Kevin from going into “target acquisition mode” those few times we managed to creep up on anyone. He’d had some issues with his knee a couple weeks ago, when he got out for a short ride in-between surgeries, but so far, not too bad.

The Cookie Face Test shows a surprise... helmet hair! Just a hint of if, despite how short his hair is, having been shaved off for his surgery.
The Cookie Face Test shows a surprise… helmet hair! Just a hint of if, despite how short his hair is, having been shaved off for his surgery.
Haskins, the climb over Pescadero Road, was also pretty slow. Knee still OK. Coming into Pescadero it got a bit cooler (fog moving in) and ouch, a bit of pain. Maybe it will go away after lunch.

Riding into a mild headwind on Stage Road, things started looking not very good. Kevin was taking it really easy but the knee was getting worse as he went. I suspected some connection between the colder weather out on the coast, and hoped that heading back inland soon would help. Tunitas was now out of the question; that steep & nasty run up from San Gregorio to Highway 1 via Stage would kill him. We headed up 84 instead, enjoying a nice tailwind that helped keep the power down and the pain away from his knee. Yeah well, by the time we got to LaHonda, it didn’t much matter whether the road was tilting up or flat. We stopped about half a mile east of LaHonda to consider our options and yes, got desperate enough to try and call for a sag (neither wife nor daughter answered their phones though).

What to do. This is one of those times you’re very fortunate to have a former employee and friend who’s now an extraordinary Physical Therapist. That would be Todd Norwood, who works out of Agile Fitness in Palo Alto. The plug is very well deserved. Todd suggested that he ride up near the front of the saddle, and try to keep his heels level. Thankfully I carry enough tools with me to fix or adjust most anything, so I both moved his saddle forward and tilted it down a bit at the front, to keep him from sliding back. Amazing difference! Pain greatly reduced; he was able to make it over the top and ride home. As we neared Skyline I was thinking how much life had changed in the past hour; had we sagged in, and not had a good idea what was going on and/or a way to effectively deal with it, Kevin’s trip to France was in serious jeopardy. Now, there’s hope. He’s got some exercises to do and we’ll see if the changes I made to his seat positioning allow him to get back into the groove.

Seems like this year, not much is coming easy! Next year ought to be a breeze by comparison. 🙂

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Fresh meat on the morning ride; later on, Kevin’s first day back on a bike

IMG_0228kingsYet another nice morning to ride! I’m much happier this time of year; as it warms up, my weight finally starts to drop and get back down to where it should be (under 170). I like running out of notches on my belt.

This morning it was Kevin (pilot), Karl and new-guy Eli. Eli’s a summer employee in our Redwood City location, and turns out besides selling bikes, I might find it useful to hook up a toe line on the climbs. I hung back a bit to ride with Kevin, who was bogging down a bit, likely because he’d already done a swimming workout before the ride.

Seemed like a tougher ride than the 98 Strava “suffer score” implied though.

Kevin's back! I mean seriously, that's his back. First day on the bike in quite some time.
Kevin’s back! I mean seriously, that’s his back. First day on the bike in quite some time.
But today was more significant to Kevin (the kid) though; this morning he got his (57!!!) staples removed and, after work, his first time on a bike, riding home, in weeks. First time other than a couple stints on a trainer. He’s got just 13 days to go before France; this was cutting things about as closely as possible. Three brain surgeries behind him, and now, an electronic implant that is going to begin its job of trying to short-circuit his epilepsy seizures within a week. It was originally thought it would be quite some time down the road before the gadget collected and downloaded enough data for his doctors to analyze and program prior to “turning it on” for real, but today his main doc told him they had some good data; come in early next week and they’ll start it up.

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