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Cycling Stats

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Categories: Lookout Mtn Cycle Time

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Cycling has been a little bit on the back burner the last few months, mainly due to the cold weather.  It is just bitter coming down Lookout.  I am absolutely the funniest lookin person with my ski gloves on, barely holding on to the handle bars and braking, wearing my 900 fill down coat.  Not to mention the balaclava.  I looked like someone that robbed the little store by Buffalo Bill’s grave and stuffed my fluffy coat silly.  Anyway, here are my Garmin 550 Edge stats…

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Bristle Cone Pine

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Categories: Golden

There is an amazing find in the backyard, well actually in the neighbor’s backyard that backs into, well close to mine… its a bristle cone pine tree!  I’ve looked all over it to see if I could find a seed cone and none, maybe in the few months to come.   

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food!

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Categories: Food!

What to write about… I could write about the beauty of Golden, or about my many failed attempts at summiting Lookout Mountain, or I could write about somthing with infinite possibilities, food.  I love almost all food and I love to share my favorites with others who are to shy to go out and try something new for themselves.

On Friday, I experienced Vietnamese food.  I had soup called “pho” which has multiple varieties such as chicken, beef, pork, or even tripe.  I tried the chicken soup and it was amazing.  The faint licorice taste combined with the mild green onion flavor created amazingness in a bowl for me.

My favorite food of the day: Chocolate.  In particular, Dark Chocolate with Lemon and Pepper.  The lemon refreshes the heavier tast of the cocoa and the pepper adds a slight crunch without adding any spice.

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“We’re Golden”

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Categories: Golden

Its amazing walking down to the river, strolling by fossil trace, riding up Lookout, looking at the stunning sunrise and sunset on the Tables through those autumn wheat colored grass lenses… when one offers a drink and you think, I’m Golden… but you can sure pass that beer!

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Visitor

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Categories: Urban Creation

He was obvious and in contrast on the warm ground, a visitor passing by on a beautiful September day…  I placed him at the crown of my prized maple and watched as he prayed.  I prayed as his delicate body lay in the cold.  I brought him in and with his calm breath, we went to sleep.  Head turned, he quickly glanced at me, arms reaching out with curiosity.  We again went out together and watched the leaves thrusting in the sunshine, a few others were around but were of no interest.  He and I had a moment together, one of life.  It is nighttime and sleep is good, and after a cleansing and mutual prayer, his breath is calm…  His favorite color was green just like mine.

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Update – Congenital Heart Defect

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Categories: Health

On Sept 8th, Dr. Jeff Rubinstein tried to attach the Amplatzer device.  It took approximately 3 hours but it was not successful.  The rationale is unclear although I continue to have significant right-left shunting, continued symptoms and the diagnosis remains.  I have been referred to another physician named Dr. John Caroll at the Anshutz Uuniversity Medical Center in Aurora.  I will be going through further testing using more sophisticated technology to determine the cause and placement and to attempt to repeat the procedure in the future.  UPDATE: 10.16.09:  schedule another TEE, but this time it is in 3-D. woooooooooo. 11.08.09:  It is unclear  what I may have/combination of issues I have at this point.  I am wearing a monitoring device and a CTA was performed, awaiting results. LATEST: 1.28.10: I may have a pulmonary shunt, referred to National Jewish Hospital, the place to go supposedly.  Appointment not until April though.

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Congenital Heart Defect

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Categories: Health

I now have been diagnosed with a Patent Foramen Ovale (PFO) heart defect.  Many times this will be evident at birth or early childhood but who knows of Germany hospital’s method for identifying defects or issues that may arise later in life.   Looking back during my young adulthood, I noticed signs such as trouble in endurance sports, frequent and temporary dimming of vision associated with low blood pressure during rest or the temporary numbness in my arms during daily strolls around the neighborhood.  In 95, I was told I had a heart murmur.  The last five years, I’ve had optic migraines which are visual disturbances without associated pain, shortness of breath, palpitations, not progressing in my cycling with increased training, and have become cynotic during exercise.  These symptoms have caused some concern.  The procedure to correct the PFO is a lot more simpler now, as open heart surgery has been replaced with a femoral artery cath procedure, where a cath containing a small closure device of material and metal is inserted into the hole defect and then secured in place.  Recovery is an over night hospital stay, 2 months of healing, 6 months of Coumadin and a lifelong prescription of aspirin.  I am waiting for my procedure to be scheduled.  UPDATE:  diagnosis of ASD or something else, recent results are now varied.

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Physics of the Impossible

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Categories: Recommended Books

I frequently think of this book by Dr. Michio Kaku, Theoretical Physicist.  My interp is that it embraces the idea that the things that were once impossible are in fact possible today simply by the curious people who explored them.  They used their mathematical and theoretical expertise just as Dr. Kaku eloquently has done in this book, bringing the past into the present and the present into the future.  He also has written another favorite book of mine entitled, Parallel Worlds.

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