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Riding Post Stroke
 ytribike member offline
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posted 5/22/2018
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2010 was a banner year: deciding to train for a triathlon, I got on a bike for the first time in decades. What a happy reunion!! All was good until almost two years ago when a stroke left me half paralyzed and with impaired balance. As anyone who has had a stroke knows, the sedentary lifestyle is our greatest enemy (healthwise).By doing daily exercises to strengthen the knee and ankle, I am now able to ride a recumbent stationary bike at home. (I.e., presuming someone will place my foot on the pedal.) This website is a blessing for logging rides and hearing bike talk. Motto: Any day is a good day to ride.

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posted 5/22/2018
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So glad to hear you're fighting like the frog in the crane's mouth! Have had some physical setbacks, but nothing like a stroke. Have found that as I get older I don't tolerate the cold as I used to, so I now ride a lot more locked in a trainer. I have gotten used to it and Netfix along with Hulu has made it much more tolerable. Keep on pedaling - any day moving is infinitely better than the alternative.

 handyhannah member offline
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posted 5/22/2018
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Welcome to the forum. Keep up the good work of getting on that bike and pedalling after your stroke. . Good way to do your own physical therapy. Look forward to more of your posts.

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posted 5/23/2018
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Good for you for taking the positive steps you can.

This community is generally a supportive one with lots of wisdom and experience. I hope you continue to find inspiration and motivation and maybe even some support here.

I didn't check to see but the cycle time century challenge thread is one originated by another rider who only rides indoor equipment and tracks only the hours you put in on the bike. You set your own goal there and get to interact with others as they post about their successes and challenges in progressing and sometimes even trash talk a bit (oh, and pay tolls along the way - or even claim your own toll booth and collect some tolls).

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posted 5/23/2018
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Wonderful that you are able to use the recumbent. All the best to you as you continue to heal.

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posted 5/25/2018
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A cyclist friend of mine was quite impaired by a stroke. The solution for him was a tadpole recumbent tricycle. It allowed him to cycle for fun and transportation without his left-side impairment and balance problems getting in the way.
Thanks for your post.

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posted 5/25/2018
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wish you the best enjoy

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posted 5/25/2018
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Best of luck to you, ytribike, and welcome to BikeJournal!

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posted 5/26/2018
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You are an inspiration to all of us. Keep up the good, hard work. I, too, have gotten less interested in riding in the cold. That's why the Trek 7300 and the Cycl-Ops are ready to go at the drop of bad weather. Put the Cyclocross through the paces today. Keep us posted of your progress.

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posted 6/2/2018
at 9:24:48 AM
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I salute you for taking the initial steps towards steady riding again. One foot in front of the other, is what it takes.

Probably the worst thing you can do is over do it on one of your rides; then you have to take a day or two off for recovery; not good. Vary your times from day to day, but ride every day, is the routine that works for me.

Please keep us all posted of your progress.
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