Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Update and 5 Borough Bike Tour

Well, it has been a good 8 months since my last post! It has been a rather difficult time for me since I last wrote. Been in and out of doctors' and specialists' offices with a severe ankle problem. It would appear that my tarsal coalition has been exacerbated somehow...I don't believe it is related to biking though. Basically, I have a bone fusion that I was born with in both ankles that limits my range of motion and can cause pain if inflamed. After xrays, MRIs, CTs and other tests, there really is nothing that can be done.

The only thing preventing surgery at the moment is a shot of cortisone that was shot up into my foot and ankle bone. Seems to be holding off the inflammation and pain for now, but after months of being in and out of casts and crutches it is great relief.

Now that I am on the mend, I signed up for the 42 mile NYC 5 Borough Bike Tour and completed that on Sunday. It rained the entire time. It reminded me of my first few days along the Oregon coast - and how much I miss biking! It was a fun tour, but a lot of congestion led to a lot of stopping. I think I prefer the open road. I'll stick to that in my future biking adventures.

Anyhow, planning new trips and new adventures at the moment, but also needing to get back to work...it has been over a year of unemployment and I have enjoyed every minute!