On the Road to Recovery, Again . . .

As previously reported, re-injured my Achilles’ tendon at the Eastern Sierra Double Century in early June, and I have, for the most part, been off the bike since then. It has been an opportunity to work on strengthening my core and upper body. I recently started ramping up my cycling again and will begin easing […]

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June Updates: Two Double Centuries, Re-Injury, and More

Time has been in short supply over the past few month, and as a result I have not posted here as often as I would like. It has been about a month since my last post, and a lot has happened since then. So, I am writing this “mega update” post to fill in some […]

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Return to Camp 9

From my living room window, I can see the radio towers at the top of Mt. Pinetos, where the Camp 9 Fire Suppression Camp is located. Mt. Pinetos sits on the southern edge of the Santa Clarita Valley, along the Bear Divide, and it is part of the San Gabriel Mountain Range. The mountain beckons […]

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Turning the Corner?

It’s time for another update regarding my progress in physical therapy. As mentioned in my last post, my recovery from Achilles tendonitis and knee pain has been frustrating. Sometimes it seemed I was taking two steps forward and one step back. Sometimes, I wondered if I would ever fully recover. So, when I say that […]

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Assessing the Damage, Picking Up the Pieces, and Making a Plan

Physical therapy is going well, but it has been a rough week. Along the way, I felt like I had taken two steps forward and one step back. On Presidents’ Day weekend, I was able to ride two days. On Saturday, February 19, I rode 87km (as previously reported), and on Monday, February 21, I […]

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Little Progress, But I’ll Take What I Can Get!

I am still in the process of healing and recovering from the Achilles tendonitis that I have been dealing with in my left leg. After my second week of physical therapy, I believe that I am making some progress—Not a lot of it, but I’ll take what I can get! This week, I had physical […]

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Taking Baby Steps on the Road to Recovery

I got back on the bike today for the first time since January 23, when I was forced to make the difficult decision to take some time off due to achilles tendonitis and some knee issues. As previously reported, my physical therapy is going well, and the therapist told me I could get back on […]

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First Week of Physical Therapy Completed

I completed my first week of physical therapy, and I am doing well. Although it seems that I will be unable to resume training at full capacity for some time, I will at least be able to ride my bike this weekend… with some limitations. I’ve been instructed to ride no more than about 30 […]

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Injury Puts an End to Training (for Now)

I finally have accepted that I need to pause my training in order to recover from an injury I developed last month. Prior to Christmas, I had experienced a slight niggling in my achilles tendon, and then on Christmas, I attempted a 500km ride, but had to stop due to knee and achilles pain at […]

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My Attempt to Ride 500km

On December 25, 2021, at 11:59 p.m., I set out with a group of friends in an attempt to complete the Rapha Festive 500 in a single ride. The chosen route started in Diamond Bar, California, heading southeast towards Hemet, up Highway 74 to Mountain Center, and then a long descent into Palm Desert. We […]

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