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Captain’s log 2010.07

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Visit Dad – A Drive

Always wanted to drive back to the place where I’ve grown up (a part of it). So decided to ditch the bus this time. Invited my good friend kalyan. It was a good drive. On the way back Kalyan had to go somewhere. Was not sure of driving alone for hours. But after the first 20 mins, I enjoyed every KM . It was just me, the car and the road.

Chikmagalur with CAM

Booked for this ride about a month back. Punya also signed up for this. It was a fantastic ride and the climb to Mulayanagiri was epic. (considering that fact that I’m totally out of shape) More…

Chikmagalur with iFolder team

Couldn’t resist a drive to Chikmagalur (even though, I was there last week) when the team proposed a drive. Enjoyed those curvy turns in the hills and the coffee estates. Enjoyed the synchronous moments of the man and his machine. Pictures …

Den Hague for GUADEC 2010

Thanks to GNOME foundation for sponsoring my travel and accomodation. And to Novell for the rest. Had a productive GUADEC. End of a wonderful July!

Best is yet to come – Semper Exploro!!

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July 31, 2010 at 9:12 am

Mystical Mullayanagiri

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When I saw a mail in  BBC from Cycling And More (CAM) about a ride to Chikmagalur, thanks to the caffiene in me – was so excited and started to pull in people. Punya and Me signedup immediately and was waiting for the day.

Day 0

Action started a little early. Friday evening, I was getting late at work and had to deliver a package to my brother. Already late, I decided to use the Bike (fastest during peak traffic) and went around. Asked my bro to wait for me on the main road. A brief drop (felt like a environment friendly drug dealer on a bike :))  and I was on the way to the meeting point and made it on time. Meet other riders, loaded the bike and found my seat.

Day 1

Sleep deprived the previous days, I slept like a tree log. Thanks to CAM for arranging a comfortable bus. Woke up at 4 AM, bus stopped at Shalkaleshpur. Zombie walked to a hotel. Around 7ish – the adventure began. Started a bit late as I had to fix my rear wheel hub. Route was lovely. It was simply green. Enjoyed riding through some slushy area. Went off-course a little and reached the breakfast point. Punya’s bike got quite a bit of attention for it being one of a kind 😉 . By then, some faces were becoming familiar – Mohan, Biju, Arvind R, Arvind N, Manjula …

The real test started. There was a steady climb for several KMs .  The group thinned out . Finally Me and Arvind R teamed up. Few kilometers before Chikmagalur saw Manjula and Arvind N tailing us. All four of reached Chikmagalur on schedule. I should say that riding in a small group is more fun than chugging alone. During lunch, ‘Iron man’ Mohan and Ram joined us. Other riders were reaching Chikmagalur .

We were all pumped up looking at the hill that we would be climbing – Mullayanagiri. It was about 20 kms of pure climb. Took some pit stops during the climb. But the last 2 KM killed my spirit. Nothing left in my body, I was worn out. Stopped for a while. Recovered a bit and reached the top. By then Mohan, Manjula, Arvind R, Arvind N were at the peak already. Downhill ride was fun!

Rode about 110 kms.

Day 2

Did a leasurly ride to Belur. Rode with Punya through the lake and sunflower fields. Belur temple is Wow! Spent a little time there . Many started the second leg of the day – to Hassan. We (not Punya) decided to skip. Hopped on the bus. Sleepy … Woke up in Bangalore.

More pictures – http://picasaweb.google.com/johnnyjacob/MysticalMullayanagiri#

Some more here – http://cyclingandmore.com/previous-rides/july-2010-chikmagalur-mullayanagiri/

Written by Johnny

July 22, 2010 at 10:09 am

Posted in cycling, LIFE, Travel, Trek 3700

4 months after ACL reconstruction

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Very happy with my recovery. I’m riding again. Hoping to do my first century ride in next couple of weeks. Decided to put my running goals on hold (Sad & frustrating).  But I’m happy and grateful that I’m able to do more than what I thought four months back.

My dailymile log :

Kilometers in weeks

Kilometers in weeks

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January 24, 2010 at 1:50 am

Pedal in Paradise by TandemTrails

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Went for ‘Pedal in Paradise’ organized by Tandem Trails (Jan 9, 10)

Day 1 : I was there for one reason. To test my legs.  I was bit unsure in the beginning and was hopeful that if something happens I would be able to hop into the support car (Why?). I was hoping that I would be able to ride at least the first half.  Rashmin passed me and he said “come on …. !” and I was mumbling “I’m on.. 1.. 1/4 .. legs and ..blah “.  I have no clue what happened next. Felt like my engines finally started and I increased my pace. Joined the pack lead Samsheer. Then a downhill and I couldn’t resist it. Slipped into a higher gear and started to speed away. Few moments later a character showed up in my peripheral vision. Tommy joined me and we sped away. We rode hard. Tommy is a awesome climber. I compensated the lack of strong right leg (reason) with higher cadence during climbs. And I usually caught up with him on the downhills. I was crazy for downhills. At one descent I actually felt my bike flying over potholes. Rashmin later said that we were going 50km+ (probably more) on some downhills.

Day 1 - Briefing

Day 1 - Briefing

Day 2: A leisure ride. Enjoyed talking with the group. I guess Tommy had trouble riding slow 😉 . At times I acted as a the wise-one and gave ‘tips’ to Venky. He was politely listening :).   The climax was simply brilliant. It got over with a very very steep climb. My heart was thumping very very hard (unhealthy rate). It was simply brilliant.

Day 2 - From Right : Me, Tommy, Sameer, Venky, Shamsher?, Srinivas?

Day 2 - From Right: Me, Tommy, Sameer, Venky, Shamsheer, Srinivas

Thanks to TandemTrails team for a wonderful weekend. Would be joining you guys sometime later…

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January 20, 2010 at 1:40 pm

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ACL Reconstruction recovery journal

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Tore my ACL while playing badminton. An awesome jump, delivered a smash at a impressive angle. On landing I slipped twisting my ankle and entire weight of my body fell on the right knee. After 15 minutes I was walking out of the club with the idea of a 10k ride (cycle) back home. Probably I was high on adrenaline/endorphins. But as soon as walked 20 meters, I couldn’t take another step.

Friends helped me out. Few days later a MRI confirmed the ACL tear. Sought opinions from 3 surgeons. A day later I was scheduled for ACL Reconstruction.

Day 0 : Wheeled into surgery. Got shots of anaesthesia in my spine. 5 minutes into the procedure I started feeling my knee again. Then some new shots to my neck and i’m out for next 4 hours. Woke up in recovery room. Crying with pain in my thigh and knee.

Day 1 : High fever. Unable to move my leg. Felt like a dead log.

Day 2 : Realised that morphine (a better refined form .. Fentanyl ?) is being pumped in to me 24 hours.

Day 3: Fever continues. Unable to therapy. But was on CPM.

Day 5 : First time moved around 10 meters (felt like 5 km) to physio rehab. Was able to walk holding support ramps. Did some weight excercises. Morale boost.

Day 6 : Fever started fading.

Day 7 : Discharged from hospital. Realized I lost so much muscle mass. Right leg is very lean.

Day 8 : Woke up at brother’s place. Good food. Ate like a hungry pig.

Day 11 : Regained some strength in the thighs. Able to move around confidently with support.

Day 16 : Moved back to my own place.

Day 17 : Afraid to bend my knee. Looks like I’m resisting to bend the knee.

Day 18 : Able to sit with around 90 degree bend in my knee. Noticed some muscle development.

Day 19 : 90 Degrees knee bending 😀

Day 21 : Mental battle is tougher than actually bending the knee.

Day 22 : Walking without support (crutches). Yay!

Able to handle stairs without support.

Day 25 : 95 – 100 Degrees. Moving to Squat exercises.

Started riding on a stationary bike. Able to walk  small distance with little limp.

Day 31 : 115 Degrees. Knee feels stronger.

Day NN : Recovery still continuing. Yet to build muscles. And regain those remaining degrees. But I’m confident now that i would be back to 110% in few months (yeah .. months!).

I should confess that I’m not a very fit athlete. I’m just a ordinary clumsy guy who started playing a bit. So this is my recovery timeline. Rehab is the tough part. Painful and needs a good amount of will power to keep doing it. It is going to take a long time to get back to my running (hopefully a marathon!). Can’t wait to get back on my bike (cycle).

One thing I kept remembering was this “Pain is temporary. Quitting lasts forever” (Lance Armstrong). In this case it is literally true.

Notes :

  • Do research. Learn about the injury and the procedure before you go in. Helps a lot. Realize that you have options on the graft being used.
  • Ice is the best pain management you got. I personally don’t like pain killers.
  • Most of the online materials on this subject give times lines for fit athletes. So don’t get discouraged if you are not. Keep at it.
  • Mail from nice people at Bangalore Bikers Club

Misc :

  • Fun when you are on a stretcher and pushed around. Profound 🙂
  • Scary part was not the surgery, but the catheter in my arm. Got over it after a day.
  • Enjoyed the royal treatment. People always around you. don’t have to do anything. Everything is there as soon as you think about it!
  • I was without a laptop for about 15 days.
  • Long phone calls from stoned friends. 😉
(Would try to add more information and keep this post updated ..)

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November 8, 2009 at 6:13 am

A fun ride to ‘Jain Farms’

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Around 12 bikers started by 6:00 (i guess) at Sarjapur ORR junction. Series of climbs. Fun. I was impressed by my pace it was bit more than my morning rides. So riding in groups make a lot of difference. Reached Jain Farms after 80 minutes.I didnt’t know that we would be crossing into TamilNadu !

Guyz went for a 10k run. Breakfast, Table tennis (I’m awesome at it. Right! ;-)) and swimming.(big no no for me)

Head winds added a extra 30 minutes on the return ride. At some part of Sarjapur road I lost sight of the lead pack. I knew that one rider was behind me. I was so tired I thought I was on a highway to Delhi till I saw some familiar apartments on the horizon .

People were talking about TFN. Me ? I dont know  yet !

Thanks a lot Ravi, Anil and everybody (:) )

Had fun !

Update : Report by Anil

Update : Pictures from Prashant

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May 9, 2009 at 1:37 pm

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Dirty bike.Yay ! (STR Apr 11 2009)

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This weekend wanted to go for a ride. STR (Staurday Trail Ride) was interesting. Saw some pictures from their previous rides and was wondering whether I would be able to actually match up with their pace. Anyhoo we (me & Kalyan) started @ 0545 and reached the rendezvous point @ 0600. Met the other riders and off we went. Well, i saw the black tar road only for few minutes. The lead pack jumped off the road and it was dirt road (most of the time).

We were tailing and was slowing down the group. Awesome group of riders. Very patient with us 🙂

I simply loved the ride. Some of the stretches had surprises. Then tried some jumps (ahemm 😉 )

And my bike is dirty ! Finally .. felt like i did some justice to trek over this ride .. Hoping to do more.

Paro’s report : http://ride-bike.blogspot.com/2009/04/off-sarjapur-road-11apr09.html

Abhi : Some pics / Vids /Trail route : http://bikeszone.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=2677#p23152

Some lessons :

– Carry more water and some chocolates.

– Train more.

– Be with the lead pack ..  🙂

– And try to take some pictures 🙂

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April 12, 2009 at 2:08 pm