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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Shoulder update

Today marks 3 weeks since I let Doc rebuild my left shoulder.So far, this one is progressing much faster than my rebuild from 2009 on the right side.  At 18 days post-op, I was allowed to remove the side pillow from the sling, and only have to use it at night.  That's huge, in my mind!  I also got to start ROM exercises with it, doing basic pendulum swings 3x a day.  The incisions are healing nicely, and being much smaller than in 2009, there won't be nearly as impressive a scar.

Doc asked how it felt, and I said it didn't hurt, unless I moved it too far.  That merited the raised eyebrow from Doc.  Then he asked if I was sleeping in my bed yet.  I replied that I had been sleeping in my own bed since I got home from the surgery!  He didn't believe me at first, saying nobody sleeps in their bed the day of the surgery...(except me!)  When I insisted I was telling the truth, and that I had even begun to try sleeping on my surgical side (left), Doc just looked at me and said, "You're just weird!"  DH and I both just laughed.

I am trying so hard, to behave, with my restricted activity.  I want to go out and ride, and thankfully, DH takes me out on the tandem on the weekends if it isn't raining.  We got 33mi in this past weekend, which was grand.  I want to get started on full blown PT, and to get lifting again...but that will have to await Doc's orders.  I sure don't want to screw up this repair, by diving back into lifting too soon. So I make due with bodyweight squats, lunges, Romanian split squats, one arm planks, leg lifts and crunches.  It's not a lot, but at least I think it is limiting the loss of muscle tone, in the legs anyway.  Plus there is riding the rear wheel trainer.  I can usually stomach 45-60min of that, and have been trying some HIIT workouts (high intensity interval training).  Hopefully this will give me enough in the legs to make a go of the 2015 Hotter 'n Hell bike ride at the end of August.  I SO want to do a sub-7hr century!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Maintenance time

DH was able to ride into work this morning, but got a pick-up after work due to more rain.  As we unloaded his Allez, he discovered a bit of lateral play in the rear wheel.  Hmmm...loose cones, or bad bearings?

So after dinner it was time for bike maintenance!  After adjusting the cones, he determined it was necessary to disassemble the rear axle.  One set of worn bearings and a pitted cone later, he opted to swap out the wheel for a spare one until parts could be sourced to repair the damage.

And since the bike was already in the stand, he decided to clean it, including the chain.  Now anyone who rides, is likely familiar with a grungy greasy chain, no matter what lube you use (except perhaps old school chain wax...).  

I retrieved an old metal coffee can from the garage, along with the Purple Power degreaser.  After pouring a bunch into the can, we dropped in the gunky chain, and began to swirl the liquid around to dissolve the mess.  Then I had a good idea!  No, not the Good Idea Fairy, a genuine good idea.  
Do you know what the black crud on your chain consists of?  Well, waxes and oils and dirt to be sure, but a lot of it is metal filings.

What's a good way to pull those bits of metal out of solution?  Why, a couple of rare earth magnets!  We have a bunch, so I snagged three of them to use. 
Just stick 'em on the outside bottom of that metal coffee can, and swirl the solution repeatedly, as the degreaser slowly dissolves the wax and oil, freeing the metal bits to wash out of the chain.

See that black ring in the middle of the picture below?  That's a bunch of metal filings, now stuck to the can bottom because of the magnet on the other side.  So when the chain is done soaking, the filings will be left behind!

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Mother's Day, in color

Wishing all my friends out there who are mothers, and their mothers, living or beyond the veil, a happy Mother's Day today.

Mom, with the tulips
And to my own mom, you know that I  love you! 

My second mom.
 And to my late mother in law, my 'second mom', thank you for my husband.  I miss you!

Monday, May 4, 2015

May the Fourth be with you!

Happy Star Wars Day everyone!  May the Fourth be with you!

And since yesterday was the Spring Open House at the Rescue Ranch, I was blessed with a chance to fulfill a promise and a mission I accepted last October.  That was to deliver, in person, a special copy of The Book of Barkley to a special man and his dear wife.  These folks understand what it is like growing up "different", and they understand and support adopted animals.

It took 7 months due to his schedule--after all he has been busy with all sorts of promotions, and travel etc.  But yesterday, amidst such gorgeous weather, dogs, and friends, it was Mission Accomplished!
Peter and Angie, God bless you for your friendship and support of the TIRR Rescue Ranch.  It was great to chat with you both yesterday an to finally deliver the book to you.  I know you will enjoy it.  May the Fourth be with you!

Saturday, May 2, 2015

A little Serenity...

A clip from our tandem ride today.  Yes I rode and it's only 4 days since my shoulder surgery.  It was a lot of fun, and didn't hurt,