Author Archives: thewaywardcyclist

Taming a Noisy Tacx Genius Trainer

This winter I noticed my Tacx Genius growing louder and louder until it eventually became such a nuisance that I contacted Tacx support.  As it turns out, Tacx trainers have a tendency to become very loud over time.  The trainer’s … Continue reading

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Quick Update for the ARVD Crowd + the 1st Video Made in USA

After a backlog of comments from people with ARVD or heart rhythm issues, I decided it was time to post an update and answer a few of the questions regarding ICDs, ARVD, and heart rhythm. I’ll start with the ICD. … Continue reading

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February Music Playlist

For a special tribute to February, this month’s release of the Global Cycling Playlist caters to both slogging miles and sloshing snow.  I’ll leave the exact usage up to you. 50 songs, 3hrs 4min (thus far). One song was omitted … Continue reading

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New Years Gift of Music (92 tracks to get you through the cold)

My New Years gift to you… a playlist to get you through long boring trainer rides and/or surviving the against the elements on cold outdoor rides this winter. This diverse playlist, which is updated regularly, attempts to gather the best … Continue reading

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Road Shoe Shootout!

In an effort to find the perfect cycling slipper, I’ve tested a few recently and figured I’d share the experience. Of course, shoes are highly subjective to the foot occupying them so I’ll try to keep an empirical tone. Tested … Continue reading

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The Road Ahead….

The biggest issue for me in these last 4 months while I’ve been banging my head in a sedentary underworld is: “what now?” I’ve asked the question to both my doctors and although I’m diagnosed with one of the few … Continue reading

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Science & Shepard’s Pie

At this point, I still have many questions regarding my diagnosis how it all adds up to the relatively morbid diagnosis of ARVD. On one hand I’m much more accepting of ARVD than I was 8 months ago – so … Continue reading

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Rider Down.

Checking in here at Johns Hopkins for the visit that would tell me if my heart is healthy to ride on through life, or if the railroad switch was pulled sending me into the fascinating world of ARVD. Although my … Continue reading

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Off To See The Wizard….

     It’s been a while since my last cardiac update and it’s nice to hear from others who are interested in ARVD or have the misfortune of being in the same boat. It’s been 9 months since my epicardial surgery and … Continue reading

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Once, we pedaled…

In light of the recent drama surrounding professional cycling, many pros are wondering where to stand during the aftermath. Caught in the awkward space where they grew to stardom within a Petri dish of rotten principles and over-lookers who turned … Continue reading

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Wolf!!!!

Today I visited Mass General Hospital only 3 weeks since my open heart epicardial surgery. I last left the doctor under the pretense that I would never be able to run, jog, skip, paddle, pedal, climb, lift, hit, throw, skate, … Continue reading

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Part 2: We Fixed It! And you might die.

By far the worst part of the whole experience was the hazy communication regarding my condition. The doctor who performed the Epicardial Ablation is very good. So good, he’s busy keeping up with the demand and it’s no surprise he’s … Continue reading

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Part 1: Epicardial Ablation

On Sunday my wife and I drove down to Boston which was a story in and of itself with massive traffic jams and a flaming car explosion worthy of a box-office hit. We managed to use the GPS to our … Continue reading

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Preparing for the big day…

It’s been a while since I last entered a sporting competition with any sort of training or ambition to “win”. I had to step down from these notions more than a dozen years ago. No one knew why, I didn’t … Continue reading

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On The Road Today

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She’s Not Wasted! … An Addict Emerges From Rehab

Trying not to go too much into detail but the Addict SL frameset that I rode throughout Europe for several years turned up stateside with a crack in the seat tube, originating from the front derailleur tab. It sat in … Continue reading

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Trying to Be the Good Guy

Early on my ride today I spotted an iPhone 5, literally dangling off the side of a bridge about to be pushed into the ocean or trampled by a car. I picked it up, put it in my pocket within … Continue reading

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Specialized S-Works Shoe Review

I determined that my Sidi’s were not going to last another season and thought the S-Works would be a nice return to innocence. After all, the Specialized “Pro” model from 2000 was my first real road biking shoe. Around the … Continue reading

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