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Shoulder Healing, Left Knee Happy or So I Hope

My shoulder surgery was two weeks ago; the shoulder shows promise, but the physical therapy / recovery end of it is no picnic. And darned if surgical anaesthetic constipates badly for an entire week. MiraLax to the rescue and all is finally back to normal.

As for my left knee, it is a happy camper having been off the bike for two weeks. Going back in for a bike fit adjustment to compromise with it so I can (hopefully) get back to some rigorous training. Nothing is for certain there on what might please the Left Knee, but at least an MRI shows nice healthy tissue.

As long as things all work out on both 'joint' fronts then I can’t complain.

But I’ve lost ~6 weeks of key early season endurance training, and the Everest Challenge for 2013 has been moved a month earlier to August 2013:

Everest Challenge Stage Race and Fun Ride (8/23-25, 2013) Yes, circumstances have pushed us to either earlier or later than the weekend we would really prefer. But this is our new home on the calendar.

This is the one everybody talks about, and looks forward to every year. The toughest back to back days of climbing at altitude. Anywhere. Same course as 2012, including the *extra* bit up Waucoba Canyon. This will be the permanent EC course.

Even better support, more goodies in the goody bags, more Free Friday Feast, and more of everything you love about the best road race – and fun ride – on the planet!

Well, this sucks: late August can be HOT. As in 100° or more with a tandoori oven effect in certain canyons. Bring the IVs for those who forget to take the right amount of electrolytes.

So now I have one less month to train at the end of the season on top of being at least 6 weeks in deficit so far, which makes 2013 even more of a challenge. But so long as I can ride and ride hard within a month, I’m game.

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