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Thanks Moggy,
I'm feeling a lot better now I'm allowed to drive again. Done about 400 miles this week on bike and felt great.
I'm looking forward to camping in the spring now.
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Thanks Moggy,
I'm feeling a lot better now I'm allowed to drive again. Done about 400 miles this week on bike and felt great.
I'm looking forward to camping in the spring now.
Hey! I wouldnt dream of giving you medical advice, but would you please tell us how things are going with your health now?

Hope you're OK and riding that bike!
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From the heart

Flyingdoctor, just be there comfotably, no matter what, and the fringe benefit is you might increase your ability to handle any situation. Being there comfortably can be achieved with a little practice drill.

First, make sure you are not tired, hungry or thirsty, etc. close you eyes and sit silently without doing anything, thinking, moving etc for as long as it takes until you can actually be there comfortably without doing anything. If you don't get it during the first couple hours, that is OK, just schedule in more hours the next day.

Second, make sure etc... do the same with your eyes open, until you can sit there comfortably without doing anything with your eyes open.

Third, make sure etc. and sit with your eyes open in front of another person, at first have the person sit there quietly until you can sit in front of another person with your eyes open comfortably without doing anything.

Fourth,make sure etc... have the person try to distract you and get you to react (no touching). When you can sit comfortably in front of another person with your eyes open and the person cannot make you react, or be uncomfortable, let me know. It is OK if the above takes a couple years to achieve. Just keep trying and don't have another heart attack, it makes me nervous.

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Caminando, it is exactly one year to the day since my heart attack. How strange that you posted on this thread today of all days.

I'm feeling great and enjoying life. I have been lucky really as I've not had any complications. As for the travel I just picked up where I left off. I decided I wanted a new bike so I bought a New Tiger 1050 in March. I've put 15,000 miles on it this summer. I went to the TT then 17 days in the south of france. I had another 17 day trip to Scandinavia in September. It's true that it alters your outlook on life. I kept putting stuff off, but no longer. Next year I'm having the whole summer off. I plan to go to the States and have at least 6 weeks in Spain and Portugal. As much as I'd like to give it all up and just go I'm compromising with a quick 3 month trip!

My advice to anyone in the same position as me last year is to use the recovery time for planning the great trips you're going to be making in the future. Be positive and get the maps out!

Thanks for all the support from everyone on the HUBB. It helps more than you could know.
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Hi Flyingdoctor,

congrats on your anniversary!

Nice to see you've done so much this year and already have plans in place for next year.

I must admit that this years TT racing was one of the best weeks of my life, great people, fabulous roads, awesome event. I'll just get a pot of tea on the go and have a rekkie through my photo's of the event!
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Caminando, it is exactly one year to the day since my heart attack. How strange that you posted on this thread today of all days.

I'm feeling great and enjoying life. I have been lucky really as I've not had any complications. As for the travel I just picked up where I left off. I decided I wanted a new bike so I bought a New Tiger 1050 in March. I've put 15,000 miles on it this summer. I went to the TT then 17 days in the south of france. I had another 17 day trip to Scandinavia in September. It's true that it alters your outlook on life. I kept putting stuff off, but no longer. Next year I'm having the whole summer off. I plan to go to the States and have at least 6 weeks in Spain and Portugal. As much as I'd like to give it all up and just go I'm compromising with a quick 3 month trip!

My advice to anyone in the same position as me last year is to use the recovery time for planning the great trips you're going to be making in the future. Be positive and get the maps out!

Thanks for all the support from everyone on the HUBB. It helps more than you could know.
Hey! thats the spirit! I admit the silence worried me a little.

Think positive, live longer!!!! Could be any of us!

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Heartfelt (sorry!) congratulations on your anniversary Flyingdoctor.

I'm really pleased that you have treated your cardiac rehab in such a positive way. I had a heart attack in april '96 aged 41 and I found that it really knocked my personal confidence. A major problem was well-meaning friends and relatives who told me to give everything up and sit quietly at the fireside. You are bound to have had this as well so I understand how much positive support means. Keep on listening to your body - you know better than anyone how you feel - keep on enjoying life.

In my case I took up cycling to get fit and lose weight, four years later I took part in a small triathlon and then in 2003 I completed Half Ironman UK. That really brought my confidence back. I'm now a born-again biker and, thanks to the HUBB, October 2008 will see me and my deauville in Morocco.

Enjoy your travels in 2008 and I look forward to seeing an occasional update from you.

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Heartfelt (sorry!) congratulations on your anniversary Flyingdoctor.

I'm really pleased that you have treated your cardiac rehab in such a positive way. I had a heart attack in april '96 aged 41 and I found that it really knocked my personal confidence. A major problem was well-meaning friends and relatives who told me to give everything up and sit quietly at the fireside. You are bound to have had this as well so I understand how much positive support means. Keep on listening to your body - you know better than anyone how you feel - keep on enjoying life.

In my case I took up cycling to get fit and lose weight, four years later I took part in a small triathlon and then in 2003 I completed Half Ironman UK. That really brought my confidence back. I'm now a born-again biker and, thanks to the HUBB, October 2008 will see me and my deauville in Morocco.

Enjoy your travels in 2008 and I look forward to seeing an occasional update from you.

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You too, Drew. (see my post on hotels in Marrakesh)
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Like some of you, I had a heart attack aged 45 years and 6 days old. I was out riding a 650 KLR in the hills around Brisbane on a 38 degree day,and just keeled over. I woke up 5 days later to find out that my life had changed forever. It took the doctors another two weeks to be able to move me for an angiogram, and then I had a stent fitted the next day. Although I was very fit at the time, apparently a combination of emotional and physical(heat) stress caused the attack. A few fortunate factors enabled the paramedics to restart my heart, and therefore my life. Luckily for me, there was an ambulance with all the right gear onboard only a few minutes away. The surgeon who looked after me said that I had had "The heart attack you have when you aren't supposed to have a heart attack"

Today, almost seven and a half years later, I have only 8 more sleeps to go before leaving on my trip of dreams- riding a bike from the UK back to Australia.

The one thing that it taught me is that life is very short, so I am going to make the most of it. So, to all of you out there who are procrastinating, I say go for it as you never know what is around the corner.
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I am 42 and doing nothing to keep fit, over-indulging the vino to unwind at night and expect to be immortal if a bit over-weight!

This thread makes me think - I really am just existing - you folks have had a warning and done magnificently well. I should learn a lesson and make some effort to shake myself up a bit.

Enjoy the trips and keep posting with your adventures! Cheers!!
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Hi Kenny. I'm getting as much done as I can. Life isn't about work and pensions it's about living. I bought a little XT250 Serow as a winter ride and love it. It's meant that I could keep on riding through the bad weather and keep my "big" bike out of the crud. Thing is I've become addicted to my "little 'un". I just got back from a weeks camping in France on it. Funny I was the only bike on the ferry, both ways! I chanced the weather and had some lovely sunny days on the Normandy beaches. I keep taking the tablets and keep on riding. I got back yesterday and the sun shone all the way across the Channel. I was dozing in the sun listening to Pink Floyd and thought, "I really do not have a care in the world"

Quijote, you will not make a more sane decision in your life than to learn from others mistakes. Too many cigarettes, curries and made for an enjoyable and sociable life but there is a downside. I still have a medicinal Guinness and the occasional curry but I try to eat right and stay healthy so that I can keep doing the things I like. I do more of the things I like and try to avoid the ones I don't. My lawn hasn't been mown for 2 years, it's still made of green grass and it only gets about a foot high and then it dies off again, lifes too short for gardening.
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