Showing posts from October, 2012

Lunch Time

Having a little picnic in the park with Betzi turns 20 miles into a three hour ride.

Towing Betzi and 1,250 feet of climbing slows things down as well. It's all good!

Typical Ride With Betzi

Pics from my ride today with Betzi. This is typical of the rides I take with ma doggie.

Off the Statins

I've spent the last two weeks trying to figure out why my chest muscles are sore. I stopped exercising my upper body at the first sign of soreness  A few days ago the muscles in my shoulder and middle back started to hurt to the point where I had to take hydrocodone to be able to sleep. Then like a hammer over the head I remembered "duh, muscle soreness and pain are a common side effect of taking statins to reduce cholesterol".  I don't do we'll with drugs, my liver enzymes are way up with statins. I started a generic Lipitor (atorvastatin) 10mg about three weeks ago, the combination of muscle pain and my liver getting zapped is enough, I'm done with statins. My cholesterol was already in a good range and I know I can make some simple modifications to my diet to lower it naturally. Bottom line, after 30 days I'm now off the stuff. If not monitored statin caused muscle pain can become a dangerous although rare condition known as Rahbdomyolysis where the m…

Still No Leg Cramps

Since the last time I posted on leg cramps back in April I am still leg cramp free. In addition the occasional night cramp that I would get in my calf muscle has not reared it's ugly self. At least five days a week I do some resistance training for my calf and hamstring muscles. This is in addition to a simple and basic upper body workout I do at home at least twice a week.. I don't want to have a marshmallow upper body sitting on a set of hardened recumbent legs. Right now my resistance training for my legs is done at home using elastic bands. It's not so much building muscle as it's forcing my leg muscles to do full and hard contractions. As I mentioned previously it seemed that my leg muscles had developed a memory from many miles of cycling. The the repetitive motion of turning the crank does not involve a full contraction of the various leg muscles used for cycling. It got to the point where I could be standing around the house and if I tried to do a full contrac…

Riding the 700

Since I decided not to sell the 700 I've been splitting my rides between the 700 and the Expedition. I look back and try to understand why I would even consider selling the 700. I think it comes down to when I had my heart attach ten months ago, I was riding the 700 and riding hard when it hit. The 700 became the enemy, it let me down. Other then one short ride thereafter I never really got "back on the horse".
I'm "back on the horse" and I feel no fear of being thrown. My unjustified fear was the enemy and not the 700. Both the 700 and Expedition are my allies. The fitness level I achieved before the heart attack, riding my trikes, played prominently in my speedy recovery. I was destined to have a heart attack, I unwittingly prepared for it my loosing weight  and making by body strong. 
I now take regular rides on the 700. I'm starting to challenge myself by riding more miles and increasing my average speed relative to the amount of climbing (gain). M…

Byron a NPS Volunteer

Byron is now a National Park Service volunteer with me at Cheeseboro Canyon in the Santa Monica National Recreation Area. We'll be spending Saturday mornings together as the eyes and ears for the law enforcement rangers. The Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area is a vast 150,000 acres that is covered by a handful law enforcement rangers. Our volunteer presence on busy Saturday mornings at Cheeseboro canyon frees up the rangers to watch over other parts of the Recreation Area. We call them in for help when needed.

For the last 12 years most of my time, and now Byron's time, is spent answering park visitor questions and getting people out of trouble. Cheeseboro Canyon  is a very popular mountain biking area and has it's share of  cycling accidents. Usually all I see are bumps, bruises and trail rash but there are also the serious cycling accidents that may require an air rescue helicopter to extricate the unlucky cyclist. May their crushed helmets serve notice to…

Cool Autumn Day