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March 05, 2009



I have been road biking for a few years and my heart rate always soars to about 170 to 180. My resting heart rate is usually 60 to 70. Today, after a hard 30 mile ride in the wind, I noticed a pulsating in my navel area. This coupled with some unexplained bruising on my feet and legs, alarmed me. I googled "pulsating abdomen" and came up with abdominal aortic aneurysm. I immediately called my cardiologist and have an appointment for tomorrow at noon. Meanwhile, I am totally freaked out. With the prospect of never riding again (which I absolutely love) and facing risky heart surgery...very unsettling to say the least. I am a 48 year old mother of four. I will try to get back to this post with my doctor's results. Thank you.

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Bill Bean

  • North America is eventually going to figure out that, for all the right reasons, we need more bicycles on our roads. Dust off your bicycle and go cycling. And if the gas-burning dinosaurs start to crowd you, it's your road and you paid for it. Take the lane for yourself.

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