Saturday, May 25, 2019

ICE Sprint FS E8000 First Impression

Riding the ICE Sprint FS E8000 is a game changer for me. 
Farther, faster and higher.

For the last few years I've set self imposed limits so I wouldn't pay the price of an aggravated piriformis as well as shin cramping due to a partially atrophied calf muscle. I limited myself to 30 miles or 1,000 whichever came first. Anything beyond that and I would risk feeling sore and old. 

With my new ICE Sprint FS E8000 I haven't found my limits. As long as the battery has power I feel as if I can keep on going. I'm about ready to buy a second battery to take on longer rides. Plus I now carry my charger with me. I don't want limits.

I'll have more to say as I continue to explore my limits. For now Larry Varney's review in BentRider pretty much sums up the ICE Sprint FS E8000 with one comment I'd like to add. I ride in an area where avoiding hills is not an option. On a climb where I would be grinding out 3-4mph on my Catrike 700 I can now do an easy 10mph in Boost mode on the ICE Sprint E8000 while barely breaking a sweat. Even at 12mph it's easier than 3mph on my 700. On climbs is where the E8000 truly proves itself. On Saturdays I may take a detour or two to check out a garage sale even if I have to climb.

Love this trike and I don't use the word love often for material stuff. It's serious fun.

Monday, May 13, 2019

Picking Up My New ICE Sprint E8000

 Dana, owner of Bent Up Cycles, building up my new ICE Sprint E8000.

Dana and Marilyn
I met Marilyn at Bent Up Cycles while Dana was building up my new ICE Sprint E8000. Marilyn is a long time costumer of Bent Up Cycles with a impressive cycling history. She is currently upgrading her HP Scorpion to a Shimano Steps  

Final adjustment

Friday, May 10, 2019

Piriformis Syndrome...Confirmed

WARNING ... Boring medical stuff about Piriformis Syndrome post hip replacements.

I always suspected I had Piriformis Syndrome but held off confirming it until I was on Medicare. I'm now on Medicare and I'm no longer paying $900 a month (was more before ACA) for shitty health insurance with a $7,000 deductible that forced me to think twice about seeing doctors. 

Thanks to Lyndon Johnson and democratic socialism I now have real medical coverage. So it's now time to take care of a few medical issues. First my aching butt. I always suspected I had Piriformis Syndrome after my 2013 hip replacements. Sure enough a ultrasound confirmed that my Sciatic nerve runs through my piriformis. A condition that only a small percentage of humans have. What makes it worse is that my piriformis is constantly inflamed since having my hips replaced. There is also a  layer of scar tissue on the piriformis from the hip replacements. Maybe that's causing the inflamation? The relief from chronic pain after an injection of cortisone in my piriformis further confirmed piriformis syndrome and not something spine related. Five days of no Ibuprofen and then slowly back to by aching butt when standing or walking for any length of time. Next stop physical therapy. PT helped in the past and I feel it will be even more productive now that I have a specific condition to zero in on.

Next up...carpal tunnel syndrome followed by nerve tests to figure out why my right interior gastrocnemius atrophied after my right side hip replacement.

A final word of caution. If your thinking of having a hip replacement I suggest staying away from Dr Andrew Yun in Santa Monica California.

WebMD - Piriformis Syndro

Spine Health - Video