December 14, 2016 – Time continues to positively fly by and I am still incredibly pleased with my new chrome parts.
Starting about the 6 month mark I began increasing the intensity of my mountain biking and spin bike training. While I’m definitely not back to 100% strength I feel like I’m heading in the right direction and feel like my progress is accelerating. I’m deliberately trying to not overdo it so each ride I’m holding back a bit but less and less as time goes by….
At this point I’ve backed off the gym a little in favor of more specific bike training. I’m riding more, and harder and also hitting the spin bike for over an hour of intervals a few times a week. I’m really enjoying the progress and the exercise! Last weekend I jumped on my hard tail mountain bike and went for a long cruise to see how my body would react to many hours in the saddle. I did a bit over 52 miles and about 2700 feet of climbing and sampled all kinds of terrain from paved roads to dirt roads to almond orchards to canal banks to foothill trails and bike path and everything in between. I didn’t push hard and spent nearly 5 hours on the bike and could not believe how good I felt. I considered it a test run and a very successful one at that. I’m still holding out hope to participate in a very, very difficult 100+ mile gravel race in February and after this ride I’m convinced it is quite possible I can get myself into enough shape to be able to do it.
I cannot be happier with how I’m feeling and my decision to have my hips fixed! I hope everyone else is doing well also!