How much PAIN is enough?

We have all experienced different levels of pain, but how do you know when enough is enough? Chronic pain, the pain you live with because of a long-term condition (joint issues, disease), takes its toll on your body and your psyche in many ways.  It’s like your body’s alarm system constantly going off which puts […]

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Why 10 Knee Surgeries

I’m 55.  I’ve had 10 knee surgeries. It started with birth.  I was born with a condition called “discoid meniscus” that affects only 1 – 3% of Americans.  Instead of having a disc shaped meniscus in the lateral compartment of my knee, I had one that looked more like a hockey puck.  This in itself […]

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My BIG Announcement & the Journey

I finally made a BIG decision….31 years after I was told I had severe osteoarthritis in my left knee. On November 9, 2017 I will have my knee replaced with a custom joint from Conformis. That’s 31 years of figuring out how to prolong and preserve my knee while finding a way to stay active, […]

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The Essential 5 Stretches for Post Ride (and for your knee health!)

The Question: What are quick stretches can I do after a ride? From Joseph K: “I’ve taken one of your spinning classes and at the end of each session there are a few minutes of stretching and deep breathing as part of the cool-down. However, when I’m out for a group ride we usually end […]

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Will PRP help your aching knees? PRP Explained…

Is PRP for you? Here is a great question from “T Hand” that prompted me to write about Platelet Rich Plasma: “What is the expectation of PRP injections for those of us who have had knee problems for a number of years?” – T Hand There are some exciting developments with the field of biologic […]

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Do your knees ever feel like a rusty hinge?

As a hinge gets rusty, it becomes restricted and harder to move.  It stiffens up when it’s been sitting for too long. They creak and crack with movement. They no longer swing freely and remind you that each movement takes work. With your knee there is the deep ache of joint discomfort or sometimes the […]

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Ride C2C: Wrapping up Leg#1 – Our top lists

I had a few people ask me, a little perplexed, as to why I wasn’t still on my bike and did we already dip our tires in the Atlantic? The answer is – we “only” had 4 weeks to ride (as we will in every summer), so no, we did not ride 3,000+ miles in […]

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Ride C2C – What we fixed with Duct Tape and notes to self for next year

These are some “notes to self” for next year. Bring DUCT TAPE!  (We bought some on Day 2) Things Fixed with Duct Tape: Shnozzle air pump bag for air mattress – without duct tape we could not inflate our mattress. Bottom of Purse – from Vietnam Doug’s Bham sticker (kinda stuck) 2 Books – they […]

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Ride C2C Day 22 Choteau to the Great Escape from Great Falls

7/9/17 Day 22 Choteau to Great Falls – the End! Miles: 54. Total Miles: 1043 Depart: 6:30am – Arrive Great Falls 11:10am – Escape from Great Falls 4:00pm – Arrive White Sulphur Springs 6:30pm Beautiful sunrise and after a quick breakfast (more canned peaches & granola) and bad coffee (the water was not so good), […]

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Ride C2C Day 21 Dupuyer to Choteau

7/8/17 Day 21 Dupuyer to Choteau Miles: 34. Total Miles: 989.6 Depart: 7:00am – Arrive: 10:00am Choteau Mountain View RV & Tent After getting beat up in the heat and wind all day yesterday, we are so glad that today will be a short day and … No wind! It was a pretty chilly start…we […]

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