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I've been off the bike for nearly two years now. I've had all sorts of treatments and drugs for my knees, but none have been successful. I've occasionally tried riding my backup bike around the neighborhood, but it has always resulted in pain since last summer. I'm trying a new treatment soon, assuming the "counseling" goes OK, so I figured I may as well try riding a trail. Last night I took my good bike out of the closet to see if it was rideable. The shock needed a bit of air, the fork was flat, and the brakes were pretty low on fluid. But the Sram XO shifters still worked perfectly and so did my Joplin seatpost. Surprisingly, after pumping up the two flat tires, they held up overnight.

I had intended to try an easy one hour ride at New Melones, but it was just too much fun, and surprisingly easier than anticipated after two years of sitting on the couch. I ended up doing nearly three hours and if I had not run out of trail I would have done a good bit more. I figured the knees would be hurting later anyway, so why not add more miles? But I may regret it after that first step out of bed tomorrow morning.

As usual for this time of year it was pretty warm. The clipless pedals were pretty scary for the first few minutes and it took me quite a while to learn how to shift again. I bought a Garmin Edge 705 GPS with heart rate (HR) monitor just before my knees went out, but I only got in two rides with it. I never took HR monitors very seriously before, but it was great for this ride. After such a long layoff with no aerobic activity I had no idea what my heart would do. I forgot I'm really old now and my maximum HR is supposed to be 160, not the 190 when I ran. But I felt fine until about 165, and I hit 180 a few times. The HR monitor was especially useful on the long climb, in quite warm temperatures, toward the end of the ride.

I rode fairly cautiously, I expected to fall a few times, and perhaps not make some of the climbs. But no falls, I made all climbs, I felt great at the end of the ride, and I wish the trails were longer. As I drove away I felt a bit of pride when I saw at least a dozen people more than half my age pushing their bikes up the climb I had just ridden up. I stopped a few times to snap a photo with my P&S camera. Also below is the embedded map from Garmin Connect, here is a link to all the stats. The Garmin site has certainly improved since I last used it.

<p align="center"><img border="4" src="https://arnica.csustan.edu/mtbike/NewMelones4/images/IMG_1857.jpg"><br>
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Buckbrush, my favorite trail closed
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Barely ridden in the past three years!
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Water level still quite low
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Really low water level
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I put on some weight, but I'm getting it down very slowly recently.

<iframe width='465' height='548' frameborder='0' src='https://connect.garmin.com:80/activity/embed/33377780'></iframe>​
 

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:thumbsup:

Good to see you out. Hope there isn't too much pain tomorrow. You've now ridden almost as much as I have this year (stupid kids). :p
 

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Glad to see you back in the saddle, Steve. I haven't been at Melones in almost a year. It's amazing how changed some of it seems.

Fiona
 

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WOOTS!!! :band:

Looks like a superb ride, no falls, nice weather, long distance along your favorite trails... Nice to see you're doing so well. I'd been one of those walking up the hills as you pass by. Hope you don't hurt too much tomorrow.

New Melones is one place I've never been riding, but need to visit someday. Your pictures look nice and inviting, even for a simple P&S.

The new Garmin Connect is better in some ways, but worse in others compared to old Motion Based. They need a lot of work still. (Like I can't automatically join multiple GPS track segments from a single ride, like before in MB. I need to join tracks on my PC, save to GPX file, and then manually upload. :madman: )

I'm surprised your HR gets up to 180 BPM. Everyone's different. My Max HR is supposed to be 165 by the formulas, but I never get over 160. However, I output over 450 Watts at that max rate. At my usual and more sustainable riding rate of 140 BPM, I put out 300 Watts, as measured by riding 10 minutes at that heart rate on several different gym bikes. I really don't know what's normal though.
 

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Right on Steve!

That's very good news. ( you riding, not the low water levels, despite all of the silky smooth butter in your photos).
 

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Good clip, sir.

Do you have any plans on your knee issue long term? I wish you more pain free rides in the future.
 

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I'm hurting!

Got my narcotic pain reliever out but it isn't doing much good. I used to hurt after all my rides, it was just a matter of for how long?

At Sea Otter someone told me how easy it is to make your own business cards online and pick them up at Staples, so I tried it this week. What do you think? Don't worry, I don't sell many photos. I just do it for fun and I mostly do plants. I have the new Canon 100 mm L IS macro coming on Monday.

<p align="center"><img border="4" src="https://arnica.csustan.edu/mtbike/NewMelones4/images/card-2.jpg"><br>
 

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Yes

ron m. said:
Do you have any plans on your knee issue long term? I wish you more pain free rides in the future.
I'm awaiting some sort of counseling prior to proceeding with implantation of a neurostimulator. Also waiting for an appointment at Stanford University.
 

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Good to hear/see that you have out for a ride. Those are some great photos. The regular entrance into Buck Brush is closed (just a small section). The other trail still makes it accessable. I question the small section they have closed, as to what is exactly supose to grow back?? The berry patch will grow back with no problem they grow better than weeds. I think they want the other trail used more. They have it marked as a hiking trail but, it was made by bike riders?? I truley hope your knee pain is tollerable so you can at least ride one or two days a week. Ride on.
 

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Wherewolf said:
At Sea Otter someone told me how easy it is to make your own business cards online and pick them up at Staples, so I tried it this week. What do you think?

<p align="center"><img border="4" src="https://arnica.csustan.edu/mtbike/NewMelones4/images/card-2.jpg"><br>
ice shot here is something a bit more desecrate -- I would go even more descrete but blended what I twas thinking with your sample:

 

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I needed some good news this morning. Thanks for coming through.

I hope you feeling well this morning and ready to go again.
 

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It's good to see you on the bike again. I hope your pain becomes more manageable so you can come up and ride Annadel again soon :)

I like Diver's version of your business card, maybe even lighten the picture so the text stands out a bit more.
 

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Hey!

I kind of expected to see you out there since I met you on my first ride there 10 years ago. So can we still ride Buckbrush if we use the other entrance? The knees aren't much worse than usual today. If they get a bit better during the week I'm going back next Saturday morning.

Thanks everybody! I like some of diver's suggestions for the card and I'll consider them the next time I order. But this sample is blown up two times. The type needs to be fairly big to be readable on the actual card.
 

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Great news!
I guess you have to take it a small step at a time, but at least you can start thinking how nice it'll be to ride the Rim trail again this summer.
 

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Hey, I remember seeing your vids of the rim trail in tahoe a few year ago. Hope the knees get worked on and you can be out and about again.
 

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Steve great to hear you out on the bike again. When I first started riding I remember I used your info on Tahoe to plan my rides.

Wish i could have met you at Sea Otter....your pics were great!
 
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