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Brian

Posts: 854
Location: Newport

Posted: Wed Apr. 01, 2009 6:27 am
Man, what a week it has been. First I find out that my current employment status is very much in doubt. Then the very next day, the out of warranty frame breaks on my road bike and there is no way I am spending any extra money right now to replace it. On top of it all, my doctor has determined the persistent back pain I have been having the last few weeks will not get any better without rest. She told me road biking would be OK, but avoid any mountain biking for several months if I want to be able to play with the grandkids later in life. Looks like it is back to watching Nascar and drinking beer on Sundays :cry:
 
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Dan

Posts: 1167
Location: Newport

Posted: Wed Apr. 01, 2009 10:02 am
Yes it is a bad day just found out my dog Baron chewed all my tires on the bikes in the garage last night. I'll be damn if I am going to buy all new tires and have this happen all over again. I'll just wait until the dog dies then get back into biking in about 8 years.
Brian

Posts: 854
Location: Newport

Posted: Wed Apr. 01, 2009 10:37 am
I have some old tires that have hardened up beyond what a dog could chew through that you are welcome to Dan. I have no use for them now. BTW, congrats on post #666.

BTW 2, below is something you may want to consider to take full advantage of your new TT bike.

[b:8568493890]Armstrong perfects aero position with surgery[/b:8568493890]

During the height of his career Lance Armstrong was famous for taking every possible step to perfect his aerodynamic position on the bike because, during the Tour de France, "every second counts". Since his return to the sport, he has yet to dominate in the race against the clock. Insider sources have revealed to Cyclingnews that the American recently underwent a radical, secret surgery to alter his physique to help cheat the wind.

Following his crash in the Vuelta a Castilla y Leon, where Armstrong fractured his right collarbone, he flew back to his Austin, Texas home. Once back in Texas he had surgery ? supposedly to repair the clavicle which, doctors insisted, was broken into four pieces.

Sources within the Armstrong camp explained that initial reports that the break was a single, clean fracture were true. But the seven-time Tour winner had been told he could shave seconds per kilometre off of his time trials if only his shoulders weren't so broad. The American decided that, since he faced several weeks of recovery from the broken bone anyhow, he might as well go through with a plan which would shorten both clavicles and narrow the width of his upper body.

Doctors cut out a section of the right clavicle before putting the bone back together with a plate and screws, then moved over to the previously intact left collarbone to duplicate the procedure. The surgery marks the first time an athlete has undergone such a radical surgery to gain a performance boost.

The extreme measure was taken with a view toward the Giro d'Italia's stage 12 time trial from Sestri Levante to Riomaggiore which, at 61.7km, is the longest individual test of Armstrong's career and could well be the decisive stage of the tour.

"We did everything we could in the wind tunnel to shave fractions of seconds off of Lance's times ? Trek invented new technology to cheat the wind on the bike, Nike used space-age technology to create the world's most aerodynamic skinsuit... but there was no getting around the fact that Lance's frontal area was just bigger than other riders," a spokesman said.

"The surgeons took two centimetres off of both collarbones and then screwed the bones back together," he added. "With the titanium plates holding the bones in place, Lance is already cleared to get back on the trainer. He was so eager to find out how much more aerodynamic he is that we flew straight away to San Diego to do some tests in the wind tunnel. And boy, oh boy, all I can say is watch out!" [/b]
 
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Ryderjag

Posts: 884

Posted: Wed Apr. 01, 2009 4:51 pm
Bri,

wow.......that stinks. My bad news crested once I reached 211 pounds, but that does not compare. But to share some bad news, I have thrown my back out twice since turning 40. Once while I wrestled Kindergartners, and the second time was being challenged running up the ski jump stairs. SLow recovery but this time I will not push it.


On the Doc front, get a second opinion on your back. I don't think we are supposed to play with grandkids, just spoil them.

Beer. yes. Nascar. No.
Brian

Posts: 854
Location: Newport

Posted: Thu Apr. 02, 2009 6:14 am
Hope everyone had a great April Fools. Mountain biking on home soil only a few weeks away!
 
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Ryderjag

Posts: 884

Posted: Thu Apr. 02, 2009 6:22 am
A**HOLE! I knew the Armstrong thing was crap.........and Dan was crap, but you got me on the other. If I could drop you on a climb, I would.
Brian

Posts: 854
Location: Newport

Posted: Thu Apr. 02, 2009 6:51 am
I guess if kindergartners are getting the better of you I have nothing to worry about for awhile.
 
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