Category Archives: Tues/Thurs 7:45am ride

Endless ramblings regarding the every Tuesday & Thursday-morning bike ride, leaving Olive Hill & Canada Road at 7:45am, rain or shine

Monday’s Doc visit, Tuesday’s ride

While everyone else was outside looking (indirectly) at the eclipse, I was waiting for an appointment with my hematologist/onocologist that was scheduled three months ago, when an eclipse not only would have been the last thing on my mind, but, that far out, August 21st 9:50am wouldn’t have rung any alarm bells. Three months ago, I was, frankly, scared to death, as a series of blood tests were bringing me what seemed, at the time, to be seriously-bad news. Let’s face it, if you have a choice, you’d rather go through life without having to see an oncologist. Yeah, well, that was then, this is now. Unlike that first visit, I almost looked forward to this one, because after the initial bad news, things stabilized, and as I learned more about my particular situation, it seems safe to say that, among bone-marrow cancers, mine (Essential Thrombocythemia with a CALR Type 1 genetic mutation) is the best choice.

My primary concern was adding a platelet-reducing med that’s known to cause heart issues (bad for cycling!) as well as possibly accelerate a progression of the disease to something much worse. I’m not sure my concerns about heart issues held much weight with her, but the possibility of making things worse down the road is tough to argue, plus the specifics of my genetic defect make my bone marrow’s excessive platelet production less dangerous. In the end I settled for an increased dosage of my daily poison (chemo drug) and, best of all, move from a weekly blood test to monthly. So sure, I missed the eclipse, but gained confidence that I’ve got my bone marrow issue under control. Sure, I’m still producing too many platelets, but it’s fewer than before and it’s rock-solid stable, nothing scary happening. Even my hematocrit is returning to normal levels.

Not to say I felt super strong on the Tuesday-morning ride though! There might have been some effect from the increased dose of my chemo drug, but more likely it was just a high-gravity day. Thankfully, both Marcus and JR were kind to me on Kings and set a pretty easy pace, easy enough that I could even carry on a conversation most of the way up. No fog on top so I was a bit over dressed, but I’d rather be a bit warm than cold. Older Kevin is off on a bike ride in Spain while younger Kevin still has another two weeks off the bike while his arm heels. They missed a really nice day on the regular ride.

The Sunflower picture? No excuse needed, ever, for pictures of Sunflowers!

Tuesday’s missing (but eventful) ride plus Thursday

Thursday, one Kevin riding, one Kevin missing in action
Tuesday… so long ago… as if it were a fog… which it was! Very foggy morning, especially up on Skyline where it was as wet on the pavement as if it had rained. So icky up there that Kevin (my son, not the pilot) was on my wheel and missed seeing one of the many sections where pavement has been missing and went down, pretty hard. Hard enough to break his handlebar in two, and possibly hard enough to cause a very minor fracture in his left arm. We’ll find out mid-day Friday if that’s the case, when he goes to an orthopoedist. So if you come into the shop in the next few days, and hopefully only the next few days, you might see him in a sling.

Today? Just myself and older (pilot) Kevin, much less fog, quite a bit warmer, but pretty slow paced. I started out feeling really slow but of course, as the ride went on, felt better and better and better. Kevin’s bike wasn’t of the same mind though, with a stiff link that caused us to stop a couple times to see if we could make it better.

It’s been a pretty rough past few weeks, dealing with the finality of our Los Altos store closing, needing a couple of employees for the sales floor in Redwood City, and now Kevin’s possibly-busted arm. That’s three things, right? And bad things usually come in threes? That means we’re out of the woods and everything looks up from here! –MikeJ