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Cycling and Blood Clots?

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Cycling and Blood Clots?

Cycling and blood clots are generally not topics that enter the same conversation.  Cycling brings to mind sport, physical fitness, and a healthy lifestyle, where blood clots bring to mind cardiovascular disease, stroke, and generally poor health.  Recently though, cycling and blood clots have been used in my conversations together every day.  

My right leg has been a mystery to me ever since I began racing.  Even though it is my dominant leg, and I tore the anterior cruciate ligament in my left knee, my right leg was always the weak one.   It would always fail before my left leg would even feel an effort on the bike, and be weaker when beginning strength training in the off-season.  My right leg would fill up with this incredible burning pain, far worse than the normal lactic acid burn, in time trials and on long climbs, where my left leg would be fine.

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Ride of My Life

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The Ride of my Life

1995. Man, what a year. That was the year I thought I was gonna be a big time bike racer. I graduated from WSU, packed up my stuff and set out on an adventure that began with big dreams and goals in San Diego, and would end in my facing a harsh reality at the top of a twenty mile climb in central Oregon. It was there that I finally faced reality; I never was meant to be a big time bike racer. Isn't bikin' cruel that way?

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Tour of Willamette: A Pack Filler's Ride

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A Pack Filler's Ride

The Tour of Willamette, a five day stage race in Eugene Oregon, is perhaps the gnarliest bike race in the U.S. With its steep narrow climbs and fast twisty descents, this predominantly local Northwest race is as close to European style racing as it gets. The race consistently draws its 120+ rider field from California, Canada, Washington, Oregon and Idaho. The tour also traditionally attracts pro teams seeking a hill climbing pre DuPont tune-up, or so they say (if you ask me, the riders that get sent here to suffer in the rain did something to piss off their team director). In the past Coors Light has shown up.

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