Dec 13, 2020 08:23PM Claire_in_Seattle wrote:
I know that Lance Armstrong is a controversial person, but his example was very important to me starting out. I was never nearly as sick as he was at his worst, and he came back to win the Tour de France, a point that gets obscured by all the subsequent revelations. Literally a case of getting back on the bicycle. I will say that I think it was his example that prompted me to go for my fourth Seattle-to-Portland within six weeks of completing radiation. I took everything I had and every energy potion in my bag, but I did it!
The fun part was that I got to call my radiation oncologist, also a cyclist and 20 years my junior, a weenie. He forgave me.
I also shattered paradigms in Seattle oncology circles, being known as "that patient". To this day, I am proud of this accomplishment.
On the down side, I was cycling on rainy days during chemo, so have absolutely NO EXCUSES if I don't get out there when the worst that will happen to me is that I will get wet.
For may years, I didn't need to worry about what I ate, but in the past 5 years or so, this has no longer been the case. So it's a few months of deprivation to reset things. I am guessing that long distance bicycle rides will be a lot easier with 20 lb. less of me to haul around. No guarantees, but a girl can dream.
Off now to the hardware store to get replacement light bulbs for my tree. That will the best place for me to figure out what I really need and buy the items once. ACE, not Home Depot which is guaranteed to be a zoo, even with Covid. I tried Amazon, but far too many items that looked questionable. Sometimes, actually seeing and touching the item is what works best. - Claire