I am a mechanical engineer born in 1953 with a lifetime interest in outdoor activities and fitness. My lovely wife of 44 years, Karen, and I live in Morgan Hill, Ca, a bit south of the San Francisco Bay Area. I have gone through and rehabbed from three major surgeries: two hip replacements, and a … Continue reading Welcome
I go in for my rotator cuff surgery today at 2:00 pm. After that I'll be in a sling for 4-6 weeks. I don't type too well left-handed and don't know how soon I'll be allowed to use the right hand for typing (I'll find out at follow-up with Doc next Thursday). I do have … Continue reading Surgery Today, Posts May Be Sparse and Short For a Couple of Weeks
I like to read about the adventures of intrepid endurance athletes. Long-distance hiking, multi-day ultrarunning, paddling, and cycling are among their activities. Some adventures are in pretty remote and exotic places. For the most part the authors seem to be enjoying themselves, although they definitely go through some rough patches, so I find it inspirational. … Continue reading Stayventuring
It was a beautiful day today so I headed into the hills south and west of Morgan Hill. I took the bike path along Little Llagas creek and the drainage through an adjacent neighborhood on the way out of town: Next I went south on Santa Teresa Boulevard towards Gilroy, then right on Day road … Continue reading A Nice 3 Hour Ride to The Southwest
I sold my Bike Friday Superpro. It was a great bike for travel and smooth roads which served me well for six years. But it's more suited for less clumsy riders. For me, it's big wheels from now on. I bought a Specialized Sirrus expert carbon with the proceeds. This has 700C wheels (about 28") … Continue reading Nice Ride With New Bike- Big Wheels!
I just read the interesting book State of Slim: Fix Your Metabolism and Drop 20 Pounds in 8 Weeks on the Colorado Diet by Dr. James Hill, Dr. Holly Wyatt, and Christie Aschwanden. Overall, I recommend this book for motivation and good tips. Actually following their program to the letter is optional but it's still … Continue reading “State Of Slim”: The Colorado Approach To Staying Healthy And Fit
I just reached 250 followers. Thank you all for your interest in my site! I remember months ago when I was doing a lot of work to gain new followers, such as finding other sites with similar content, about the outdoors, exercising, good nutrition, etc. I'd comment and like their posts diligently. Doing that I … Continue reading 250 Followers. Thanks!
I went to a followup with my Orthopedist yesterday. This was also the first time I saw him after my recent fall. He concluded after a lot of manipulation and "push on my hand this way, does that hurt?" that I had further torn my rotator cuff. He had been on the fence about whether … Continue reading A New Adventure Awaits- Rotator Cuff Surgery
I was nominated for the Liebster award by Joyfulstephanie which was an honor because I enjoy her blog also. This is an informal award which allows bloggers to recognize fellow bloggers. After being recognized, bloggers can "pay it forward" by nominating 5 other bloggers. To do so we are asked to: display the Liebster logo, … Continue reading Thanks, Joyfulstephanie, for nominating me for the Liebster award!
TAVR stands for transcatheter aortic valve replacement. It is a minimally invasive procedure where the replacement valve is inserted through the femoral artery. No heart-lung machine or opening the chest. The new valve is actually jammed right inside the old one, which is shoved out of the way. Needless to say, this is a great … Continue reading TAVR For Minimally-invasive Aortic Valve Replacement
I've been following my own advice about focusing on health, not weight, since march 8. And it has been going well, I'm more relaxed and am eating healthy, and am still active. But in that time period I was less active on average than usual because of my collarbone rehab. I usually wear comfortable clothes … Continue reading Update-Focusing on Health, Not Weight