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Rode 24.3 miles on Saturday; Flank pain update.

Monday, September 5, 2011 by  
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Bike on a Trail photo for September 3, 2011.

Bike on a Trail photo for September 3, 2011.

I had an amazing bike ride on Saturday morning. The weather was far from what I’d term “cool”, but there was less humidity than normal and the temperature was in the mid-70s when I set off on what wound up being a 24.3 mile ride. Of course by the time I completed the ride the sun was high in the sky and it was in the 90s, but I very much enjoyed the brief hint of fall weather we’ll soon be enjoying.

I saw quite a few animals while I was biking (I’m sure they were enjoying the slightly cooler air, too), but I didn’t stop to take many photos. I came across this small heard of deer grazing just off the trail, and had to grab a quick shot of them.

A small group of deer watch me carefully.

A small group of deer watch me carefully.

So in yesterday’s blog I mentioned that the right flank pain I’ve been experiencing became pretty serious on Saturday night. I was in considerable pain yesterday morning, and was even considering going to the ER. Looking for some relief, I fished through the medicine cabinet and found a bottle of Lortab that was prescribed to Lisa for a dental procedure she underwent last year. Lisa wound up not needing the meds, and so the bottle sat forgotten. I decided to take one (yeah, I know–you’re not supposed to do that) and less than an hour later I was feeling 100% better (and very loopy). I was able to go outside and work on the pinstripe removal project relatively pain-free.

So the interesting part is that as the day wore on I expected the pain to return. It did not. This morning when I woke up the flank pain was back to “normal”, which is to say it’s there, but very tolerable. Weird. I’m still going to make an appointment with my doctor first thing tomorrow morning. I suspect that if this is a kidney stone the longer I wait the more difficult it’s going to be to deal with it.

Even though the flank pain is OK right now, I’m not going to ride this morning (and not riding is killing me, because I really want to). If the pain I was experiencing Saturday night and yesterday morning returns when I’m 15 miles from the trailhead, I’m screwed. I wouldn’t be able to walk, let alone bike.

I’m not in the mood to sit around, so I’m going to do some projects around the house.

And, on the subject of the pinstripe removal, mission accomplished–almost. The heavy duty Easy Off and cotton swab trick worked amazingly well. The paint and clear coat are absolutely perfect, and there’s not even the slightest trace that the truck ever had pinstripes… well, except for along the passenger side of the truck bed. Wouldn’t you know it, but that part of the truck has the pinstriping under the clear coat. Obviously some paint work was done to the truck after the pinstriping was completed, and a clear coat was applied covering the pinstripes. So the only way to get them off is to carefully wet sand through the clear coat, remove the pinstripes without harming the underlying paint and re-clear coat. I’m not much of a body man, so I’m going to have to leave this to the pros.

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