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Cardiac Cycling Club International

Post by Viking on Sat Feb 22, 2014 9:52 am

Thanks to one of your members (marathonman60) I was tipped off to this forum. I won't go into great detail, but I am a 65 y/o cyclist who had quadruple bypass surgery 15 months ago. 45 years ago I was a racing cyclist. I've also competed in 10K running races and long-distance x-country ski races, but my competitive days are behind me (not my competitive nature, however.)

Last year I began using the Strava app on my iPhone to track my rides. You can use this free, but there are some additional features for "premium" members. One is to create a virtual "club" on Strava where riders can post their rides, have some discussion etc. I created the "Cardiac Cycling Club International" for that purpose. Personally, I believe cycling is almost the perfect exercise for recovery from heart attacks, bypass and the like since you can very precisely calibrate your effort to match your conditioning and training.

Anyway, I hope we can get more discussion here among cyclists. In the meantime, feel free to check out the Cardiac Cycling Club. Who knows, we may even create a jersey!

http://www.strava.com/clubs/CardiacCyclingClub

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Re: Cardiac Cycling Club International

Post by Dave Tuttle on Sat Feb 22, 2014 3:30 pm

Hi Gary and welcome to HEART!

We do have at least one other very serious biker here on the forum and I'm sure you'll be hearing from Bill soon. I too think cycling is excellent exercise, in fact if I didn't wear myself out running all the time I would do a lot more of it... Bill and I got together last summer for a few days and pounded out some pretty tough miles in the mountains of Pennsylvania plus we did a little kayaking too.

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We had a great time but he's way out of my league. You mentioned some 70 and 100 mile rides on your calender over on the inspire site. What and where are they?  I'm glad you've joined us here. We need more varied interests and with your passion for cycling and exercise, you're a great addition to the group.

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Re: Cardiac Cycling Club International

Post by Viking on Sun Feb 23, 2014 9:25 am

Dave,
In Minnesota we are blessed with some spectacular paved bike trails. In the winter, they are used by snowmobiles! Anyway, the 70 miler is part of the Great River Energy Mesabi Trail Tour. Details are found here:

http://mntrails.com/event/great-river-energy-mesabi-trail-tour-3

The 100 miler is called the Headwaters 100 since it is around the headwaters of the Mississippi. Up here, we can literally wade across the Big Muddy. Details are found here:

http://mntrails.com/event/headwaters-100-5

I live in Duluth at the tip of Lake Superior. This is an extremely hilly area, so the rails-to-trails thing offers a bit of relief from the endless climbing. I do a lot of riding on the Willard Munger State Trail. Once you get to the "plateau" about 10 miles from Lake Superior things flatten out a bit. Early in the season, I like to get my base miles on relatively flat terrain.

The biggest problem here is the length of our winters - usually a full six months. We are north of Toronto, Ottawa, and Montreal - so a lot Canadians live south of us! I started bike racing in Southern California in the late 60's but when I moved back home to Minnesota switched to running and x-country ski racing. I lived 3 miles from the nearest paved road and in 1972 didn't know what a "mountain bike" was. My fancy racing bike sat idle for many years.

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Re: Cardiac Cycling Club International

Post by RoadKillBill on Sun Feb 23, 2014 6:34 pm

Welcome, Gary!

Sounds like you've got some great biking in MN when it's not all frozen over. I am getting some cabin fever myself and looking forward to spring. I was an avid joy rider before I got mixed up with triathlon for 10+ years, but now I am getting back into touring. Spring can't get here soon enough.

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Re: Cardiac Cycling Club International

Post by mikenall on Sun Feb 23, 2014 7:23 pm

Welcome. I'm currently planning on being in Minnesota (twin cities) during the summer of 2015, with my bike, for the National Senior Games. I'm planning on the triathlon.

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Re: Cardiac Cycling Club International

Post by Dave Tuttle on Mon Feb 24, 2014 5:08 am

Looks like some great rides there Viking. I've always wanted to explore your area and probably will but ONLY in summer!

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Re: Cardiac Cycling Club International

Post by Rachel August on Mon Feb 24, 2014 8:53 am

Gary, my husband and I have been meaning to take Hwy 2 from the UP of MI to do some camping/canoeing up near the boundary waters.....in the summer of course.....sounds like we should coordinate a visit!!!

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Re: Cardiac Cycling Club International

Post by Gary E on Mon Feb 24, 2014 11:05 am

A big welcome from the Ohio version of your first name. I have a brother and at least twenty of his extended family living west of Minneapolis so I'm due a visit to your state this summer. Maybe I can hitch a ride with Rachel & Nate.
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Re: Cardiac Cycling Club International

Post by Viking on Mon Feb 24, 2014 11:58 am

Gee, thanks for the great welcome!

Everyone up here has major cabin fever at this point in time, and there is really only one cure: get outside! Except for the fact that I don't ride in the Winter (although a "fat" bike for riding on snowmobile trails is something I would like to try) I love the season. Then again, I'm a full-blooded Swede and there is a reason my people lived where they did and moved to this neck of the woods.

Yesterday I broke trail on my snowshoes through 15 inches of new snow for an hour. It's like walking up stairs with ankle weights. Good workout, but a real struggle for my poor dogs.

I'll do almost anything to avoid indoor exercise although I do a couple of interval training sessions on my stationary trainer every week.

Lake Superior is almost totally frozen over this year. That means a VERY cool spring and probably half the summer. We could very well have ice in the lake until late May or early June, and when the wind blows from the East it can be rather brutal!

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