On The Way

I’m writing from Paine Field in Everett waiting for the flight down to San Jose. Today I have several pre-op appointments, including a 90-minute baseline bike test that they’ll use as a before data point. Eight weeks from the surgery, I’ll return and do the same test again and we’ll see what kind of change I have.

Since last Monday, when I scheduled my artery surgery for this coming Friday, life has turned into an insane exhausting emotional whirlwind.

Family stuff has been challenging, with Benji extremely anxious about my leaving and Ian supportive about the surgery but not best pleased with the timing — which, admittedly, could hardly have been worse if I’d handpicked the worst time. I’ve tried to make everything as easy for them as possible, but it’s still just… difficult. Continue Reading >>

Rainy Day Picture: Day 13

Whoops, I realized I missed a rainy day: Friday, November 15. Sorry.

Saturday, November 16, 2019, 1:50 pm

Rainy Day Photography: Day 13
The Montlake Cut on a day of light sprinkles.

Almost every time I ride across the Montlake Cut, I want to stop and take a picture. It’s so interesting in every way.

You can’t see it in this picture because of how it’s framed, but you get a clear view right up the Cut, across Lake Washington, to Bellevue and the Cascade Mountains beyond. Looking west, you look into South Lake Union, Seattle, and the Olympic Mountains.

At sunrise or sunset it’s spectacular. Even in the dark, you get city lights on water. Continue Reading >>

Surgery Decision

I’ve decided to do surgery for my leg.

If this was a clickbait post, the title would be something like Shocking Decision You Won’t Believe or She Wouldn’t Give Up Cycling Despite Severe Pain. How Far Will She Go?

Fortunately for all of us, I don’t write this blog for money, I don’t worry about SEO for the site or each post, I don’t track my blog’s Google analytics, and I don’t count visitors. I write for me, and I don’t assume anyone else will read what I put out there. Continue Reading >>

EIAE Update: Stanford Report

Yesterday Dad and I flew to California to meet with Dr. Jason Lee, the nation’s leading expert on EIAE. He estimates he’s done surgery on 60 to 70 athletes with this condition. That’s far more than the scant half-dozen (max) Dr. Shalhub has seen and operated on.

Here’s what I learned about EIAE and my options at Stanford.

TL;DR: Skip to the summary.

Diagnosis

CT Scan

First, I had an appointment to do a CT scan a couple hours before seeing Dr. Lee. He has a specific CT protocol to look for what he thinks causes the symptoms (see below!). Continue Reading >>

Foggy Photography

It hasn’t rained in a long while — most atypical for Western Washington in November. But we’ve started getting seasonally appropriate fog, which does add an ethereal look to everything. I didn’t get any pictures of that, but I’m experimenting with trying to get a shot of drops illuminated with my headlight.

I don’t think the phone camera is well suited to that challenge… But I’ll keep trying.

Chilly but Beautiful

Dad and I met up for an extended ride home this evening. By “extended,” I actually mean we added 25 miles to a 20-mile commute. Perfect… and my toes even defrosted in the shower. We didn’t set any land speed records, but I find it difficult to keep up a fast pace when it’s pitch dark and the temperature hovers around freezing. We still had a nice time.

We rode south through Bellevue to Factoria, over Northup Way into Issaquah, and then around the south end of Lake Sammamish. A straight shot north took us directly home. Continue Reading >>