After all the turmoil of a few weeks ago, things have been quite sedate since.
Weight-wise, I came out of hospital at 87Kg, dipped to 86.8Kg, but have muddled about in the 87’s since. A couple of reasons for the lack of progress there being…
I have managed to hop on the Spin Bike at home for 30 minutes each day, but because it’s not quite ergonomically right for my height and one can’t adjust the tension on that thing, 30 minutes is about all I can handle …the upside is that the conditioning in the legs has definitely improved.
The first week I spent at home on sick leave (and that was more about the ‘Take Care’ thing and I was able to do a little work, then week two I worked full time, but still from home, then after the two weeks I felt I had made enough progress to get back on the pushbike and on the Saturday, I
managed to ride into the salon in town, then home via Karori. I then rode to and from work on Monday and Tuesday, but it was wet so I worked from home on Wednesday & Thursday and rode again on Friday.
The ‘muscle memory’ etc has done well and I’m now feeling pretty comfortable on the bike, so today I gave the Spin Bike the flick and went for a ride. It was almost sedate as I made my way from home to town, around the bays to Evans Bay, then out through Shelly Bay and around the Peninsular. I started out with a jersey and my summer-weight motorbike gloves on and by the time I got to Seatoun, I was feeling a little uncomfortable in the nether regions, so as I crested the wee hill between Seatoun and Breaker Bay, between the temperature and the discomfort, I stopped to take the gloves and jersey off. That took a few minutes and I felt much better when I got back on the bike to continue around past Moa Point and along Llyal Bay to Onepu Rd, at which time I figured I should take that to go through Kilbirnie and over to Newtown so I could visit the boys at Boyles on Adelaide Rd for another break. 20 minutes spent chewing the fat there was good, then I made my way over to Aro Rd and over to Karori to see Ken (but the bastard wasn’t home again) so I got back on the bike, headed for home via Wilton, pausing to buy some fruit at the Crofton Supermarket and got home in just over 3hrs. 49km done with about 45-50 minutes of stops.
I don’t feel any skinnier but!!
Next week is a big week for me as originally I was booked to have the Pacemaker checked on Wednesday, then the TOE tests done the following Wednesday (2nd Sept), however both tests are now on Wednesday, so I’m wrapped, because the TOE tests weren’t supposed to happen for about three months. This test is where they shove an ultrasound device down my throat to get a close and unimpeded view of my ticker to establish if the hole in it is the likely cause of the strokes and if it needs to be sealed up.
Here’s hoping that this is a fix and Long John Silver can get back on his bike as at this stage, I have had to withdraw from the 2020 Nth Island 1600 in October and don’t know if the TT2000 in February will even be on the cards? In the meantime, I shall continue to ride up a storm on the pushbike!
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