Here’s a lovely little film about, well, abiogenesis. That’s quite a mouthful, just think of it is seeding the stars, planets really. Enjoy!
This showed up in my email today via the Brooks Despatch, the newsletter from Brooks Saddles. While the video is more or less an extended advertisement for their saddles, I actually love it because it has great scenery, great bikes, great saddles (I ride ‘em as documented many times here), and NORMAL CLOTHING!
Yes the blokes in this video are riding bikes and look like normal people. In the US we seem to have this, some would say unhealthy, fascination with tricking ourselves out in racing kit, even when we are simply going for bike ride.
While I’ll admit to being careful about what I wear when I ride long distances, underwear that doesn’t bind or have painful seams, things that dry quickly after a rain shower, and so forth, I mostly look like a normal guy. I don’t have special shoes, in fact I wear plain old sandals (though with socks to prevent chafing). I love these guys in the video.
The helmet thing. They don’t wear helmets. I generally do, though not always. It’s up to you.
Finally, I’d love to do this ride. In fact, I’m going to do this ride. Tomorrow. Okay, maybe not tomorrow. I am going to do this ride though.
Now that my hip is fixed I figured I’d better keep it that way and, because I can move again and be mostly pain free, it was time to up my activity.
It’s been a while since I’ve posted…a whole month. To be honest, that’s how little I’ve thought about my hip recently. It’s not that things haven’t happened, it’s just, well my hip feels completely normal for the most part so I just don’t think about it.
It’s been three months since my surgery and this past week I had checkup. My incision has almost completely healed and has filled in very well. I no longer have a ‘pit’ on my leg. It’s not quite done but oh well. I was told by my surgical team that out of about the last 100 folks they’ve only seen in this in 2 or 3 folks. It’s not normal but it happens. Basically it seems my body rejected a bit of the suture. I’ve had a few minor scrapes and cuts since I had surgery and they’ve all healed normally so this isn’t something systemic thank goodness.
My team also commented on how well I’ve done physically since surgery. As I reported I was kicked loose from PT early. Since then I’ve continued to stretch, walk, and yes, bicycle. I’m back to cycling more or less normally. I haven’t done any real long rides (meaning 50+ miles) but have been very happy with rides in the 20 mile range. My team said I’m doing very well for someone after only three months – in fact they did a double check to make it hasn’t been 6 months.
One of the best things that’s happened is that I was able to dance at a friend’s wedding this past weekend. I haven’t danced for years. I’m not a big dancer (well I am kind of big so when I dance I guess I qualify), but it sure is nice to be able to do it when I want!
The wedding was on Hawaii Island so I had to travel…in fact I’ve traveled a lot lately, Olympia Washington, Boise Idaho, and Hilo. I’ve not been flagged by the TSA, no bells have rung and I haven’t been pulled aside for extra scrutiny, besides the normal random checks of course. That’s great because I’m told that sometimes hip replacements to trigger the devices, sometimes they don’t. I don’t.
The only other thing I can think of is that I have a six month check up scheduled, but barring complications, I probably won’t be posting on my hip till then. All is good. If you need one, don’t wait.
There’s just not a lot to say about this anymore, but a final update or two are probably still out there in the future when I meet with my plastic surgeon again next week and my hip team again in late July. Let’s go from the low points to the high points…
My incision is still healing. It is healing. It is just healing slowly. I’ll see the plastic surgeon again next week and get an official answer on this, but to me it looks better than it did a week ago, two weeks ago, and, of course, when it was downright nasty.
On the other hand, here we are eight weeks out from surgery, and I have no trouble from the replacement itself outside of the incision (though technically I guess the hip itself in “inside the incision”). Let’s be realistic, I’m fifty-six and ache a bit from time to time. That’s probably not going to change no matter how much stretching and exercise I do (though that does help a lot), but my hip really isn’t part of the equation anymore. Thank goodness.
The highlight of the week has to be my twenty mile bike ride yesterday. Twenty miles isn’t a particularly long distance, at least not for me or the friends I tend to ride with here or on the mainland. But it’s the longest I’ve done since getting back on the bike two weeks ago. I could have gone further but the sun was going down and…well…it was time to go home and eat. Besides I really don’t want to overdo it. I haven’t added any hills yet, but probably will see how it goes later this week. At the rate I’m going, and with the breaks I must take due to travel, I expect that by mid-August I should be back in the shape I’d need for a nice long ride to Haleiwa. I’d also be willing to do a wee bit less but haul camping gear. In fact I’d love to go camping in August…who’s up for Malaekahana?
And finally, at least for now, I’ll be flying soon and am perversely looking forward to finding out if I set off the sensors at the airport. Will they want to check my scar? It’ll be an adventure.
That’s it for now!