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Old 07-05-18, 06:19 PM
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Bulging disc in 1990 at age 30. Partial discectomy eliminated the constant excruciating pain, but upright cycling of any distance would cause pain to recur.

I went 'bent after two years of trying fitting, exercises, PT, etc. Eventually I stopped listening to friends' helpful advice and started listening to my back.

Since that time I discovered ultracycling and randonnduring. I suppose I'm retired from ultras (for now), but reached my goal of 400 miles at the National 24 Hour Challenge at age 54. I've completed multiple SR series, one 1500k, four 1200ks including two PBPs. I can ride an upright some now without issue. I commute year-round, and no longer own a car.

I think that's a decent success story.

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