2019 Cycling Stats

In the past I’ve posted a shot of my biking stats for the year. In keeping with tradition, here’s my cycling stats for 2019:

But with my surgery, most of those stats are really 2019 but missing the last five or six weeks of the year. I can’t help but think I’d have hit at least 8,000 miles and 500,000 feet of climbing if I’d kept riding between November 21 and December 31.

Besides which, this year is what I’m most proud of is one statistic:

111.2 miles / 26 hrs / 8,000 feet Continue Reading >>

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.


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.