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  • bioniccyclist 11:08 am on December 25, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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  • bioniccyclist 10:07 pm on December 4, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Here`s a list of the professional cyclists who cycled the most amount of kilometers in 2012. Divide by 1.6 for miles.

    1 Mikhail Ignatiev (Katjusja) 16 256,7
    2 Adam Hansen (Lotto Belisol) 16025,3
    3 Lloyd Mondory (Ag2r) 15 877,9
    4 Alexander Dyachenko (Astana) 15 634,9
    5 Jan Bakelants (RadioShack) 15 487,4
    6 Sébastien Minard (Ag2r) 15 487,0
    7 Alessandro Ballan (BMC) 15 055,1
    8 Kenny Van Hummel (Vacansoleil) 15 016,1
    9 André Greipel (Lotto Belisol) 14 978,3
    10 Ian Stannard (Sky) 14 970,7

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  • bioniccyclist 9:22 am on November 27, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    I just got back from a week vacation with LOTS of food AND a no-hold-back Thanksgiving meal. I still didn`t gain a pound. I have lost 20lbs in a few short weeks and will lose 9 more by Christmas. Promise!

    Health= freedom. Join me!
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  • bioniccyclist 7:59 pm on October 26, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    INTRODUCING: THE Bionic Cyclist Health!
    “LIKE” my page and will be able to read articles related to health and nutrition as well as follow my progress:

  • bioniccyclist 8:38 pm on October 16, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    So, after I started cycling, got back in shape, and lost quite a bit of weight, I`m afraid I have gained most of it back again. It seems I need a goal in order to…well stop gaining even more weight! Therefore, I wanted to let everyone know that I’m making a personal declaration that by Christmas, I’m going to lose 20 lbs. I’ll need all of your help to hold me accountable and cheer me on to reach my goal. Thank you!
    I will track my honest progress on my blog (www.thebioniccyclist.com) and on my Facebook page. If you are not already my friend on Facebook, send me a friend request (Terje Riisnaes) and go to THE Bionic Cyclist`s page on Facebook. I need all the cheers I can get.

    If you want to see what I`m doing, log onto https://www.goherbalife.com/terjeriisnaes/en-US

    • S.R. 12:34 pm on October 20, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Dette hoeres bra ut. Du har vist foer at du klarer de maalene du setter deg. Tumbs up. Go for it.
      We snakes……

  • bioniccyclist 9:30 pm on November 3, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    THE Bionic Ride: Some detail. 

    THE Bionic Ride will be an unusual bike ride (ride, not race) happening in your neighborhood for the first time ever on September 18, 2011. It will be as long or as short as you`d like it to be. As tough or as relaxed as you prefer. As big or as small as you want it to be. It will be important and enjoyable.

    I`m currently ironing out the details, but for now I`ll let you in on some of the secrets.

    Unlike most bicycle rides that are organized at a certain time in a specific place, THE Bionic Ride will be organized in smaller groups in different locations around the world, at the same time. The plan is to come together in spirit although in different locations. The hope is for the event to raise awareness for and interest in nurturing one`s heart, both literally and symbolically. It`s not meant to be a fund raiser!

    If you are intrigued and would like to be one to organize a ride in your neck of the woods, contact me (thebioniccyclist@gmail.com). For the time being we have one ride planned in Las Vegas and one in Australia(!). I will contact some of you in the following days, but if you beat me to it, that would be great. I will not turn anyone down. If you have questions, contact me. I will not pressure anyone…promise.. Also, if you have any ideas, no matter how wild, let the brainstorming begin.

    I have plans for marketing, sponsorships, locations +++..more on that later. Keep an eye or two on the dedicated web site as well (www.thebionicride.com)


    THE Bionic Cyclist

    • Ron 8:21 am on November 13, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Keep me in the lupe on your Sept 18 2011 ride. I will definately do something on that date.

  • bioniccyclist 9:41 pm on October 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Now what? 

    200 miles on a bike in one day has been checked off the list of things to do. What does a 45 year old in bad shape and with an artificial heart valve in his chest do next? I have goals, oh man, do I have goals!

    Goal one.

    Probably the least ambitious and certainly the least exciting of my goals for the future is the first one. I don`t expect anyone to be excited reading about it and I doubt I can drag it out much longer before you skip this entire paragraph. On or before March 13, 2011 I will do 100 miles on my bicycle in less than 7 hours. Not at all fast by anyone’s measure and not very long. Especially considering that I did 200 miles  in one day already. Nevertheless, it took me 25 hours to do 200 miles, so 100 miles in 7 hours is a challenge for me. I will do it in a cooler season so training in the heat will not be an issue. March 13 is by the way the one-year anniversary for the day I bought my bike. Not quite as significant as the anniversary of my heart surgery. I know.


    Goal two.

    Very much more ambitious, possibly even impossible to accomplish, but I do believe in you! Yes, I said “you”. On September 18, 2011 (by now I hope you know the significance of this date?) I will organize a bike ride, world wide (!) There will be much more details about this later. In the mean time, check out the web site (pretty much a “coming soon” site for now) which also reveals the name of the ride. (well, actually this link does!) http://www.thebionicride.com


    Goal three.

    A new personal goal. In July of 2012 I plan to participate in and complete the http://www.deathride.com/ This is an extremely challenging bike ride in California. It`s 129 miles long with five mountain passes, a total of 15.000 feet of climbing. Wanna do it with me?


    Thank you to those of you who suggested other rides. I really appreciate it even though I have chosen different challenges. I hope that many of you will be up for THE Bionic Ride. For now, I hope you are a little curious. If you just can`t wait for the details, send me a few words and I`ll be happy to spill some of the secrets before I make them official. The total rundown will appear both here and on the dedicated web site for the ride.


    Don`t change the channel.


    THE Bionic Cyclist.

  • bioniccyclist 9:53 pm on September 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    The one-year anniversary, the day, the ride. 

    The one year anniversary of my open heart surgery has come and gone. My goal was simple, the plans were clear. I wanted to complete a 200 mile bicycle ride on or before September 18, 2010. Here is what happened.

    September 18 this year was in many ways like Christmas, or any other big holiday, in the sense that I felt like I had been planning and preparing for a long time yet, the day itself snuck up on me. The week before the 18th, I was eating carbs and drinking water like it was going out of style. I wanted to have enough energy and liquid stored in my body so that I wouldn`t go dry or hit the wall due to lack of energy. I`ve done both before. Less than a month ago I spent a day and a night in the hospital with dehydration and  heat stroke. The bike was ready, I was ready and I had food and drinks prepared. A nice selection of high carb energy bars were spread out on the island in my kitchen. They were accompanied by bananas, gels, sport drinks, bread, raisins, and even some protein drinks that were intended for post ride fuel.

    I managed to sleep a couple of hours after work on Friday the 17th. The plan was to start at midnight in order to put in as many hours/miles as possible before the heat. I would go 40 miles in one direction, turn and go back home ( I have mentioned this before and thought it was 37 in each direction, but my map lied a bit. It`s actually 40), then go 12 out and 12 back and repeat the 24 mile loop until I reached 200 miles. That was at least the plan. My wife would be my service car for the first 80 miles, after that I would use our house as food and drink station since I would return there every 24 miles. Nine minutes past midnight and I took off. (see picture)

    THE Bionic Cyclist, ready for take off. September 18, 12:09AM

    The first 12 miles seem relatively flat when you drive them in a car. It is however a false flat for the first 9 miles,    then you hit a hill that might surprise you if you`re not prepared. You might remember this hill from one of my very first posts. I didn`t even make it to the top then. It was dark, but some street lights here and there mad it a little easier. Since there is a olt of road work going on in this area, I wanted to ride here only once in the dark.

    After 12 miles I went down hill for 23 miles or so on the freeway. The freeway has a broad shoulder so I felt safe. After that, there was a mile or less through a small town with some street lights. This is where my wife gave me drinks and some food for the first time. Then, 26 miles on a very lonely and very dark desert highway. Eagles might have gotten some inspiration from this place when they wrote “Hotel California”. ( “On a dark desert highway….”. It`s so lonely out here that I saw less than 5 cars going the 26 miles out and 26 miles back. I saw, or rather heard, more lizards and snakes in the bushes than I saw cars. My wife was anxious about several things regarding my ride. One of them was the freeway, another was this lonely stretch. Did I mention it was lonely? She gave me a can of pepper spray to keep in my pocket in case I was attacked by mountain lions or coyotes. That might sound like a silly thing to do, but both of those animals are seen out here frequently. Especially coyotes.

    I reached the turnaround point, 40 miles from home, in one piece. Pepper spray can untouched. This stretch is fairly hilly. There are no Mount Ventoux size climbs here, but some hills that make your heart beat go up quite a bit and that make your legs tell you that they are still there. On purpose, I went very slow. I didn`t want to burn myself out and I didn`t want to crash. Back again to where the 26 mile stretch started, I met my wife for the third time. I had to wake her this time. Poor girl didn`t get much uninterrupted sleep that night. She did a great job helping me and supporting me that night as she did during my many many hours of cycling before THE ride. I had done 66 miles at this point, 6 more than my longest ride since I bought the bike. I felt great. A little cold (it was 66-68 degrees at this time), but generally energized and in good spirits. I was just getting on the bike again after i had taken a short break and refueled with more food and drinks when I lost balance and fell. Not in any way a serious fall, but I cut my knee so it started bleeding enough to worry both my wife and myself. It doesn`t take much when you`re on blood thinners and your blood takes three times as long to coagulate as for a normal person.

    Around ten miles before I came home, I discovered that my bike wouldn`t let me use the lowest two gears without slipping. An adjustment for sure, but one I was not able to do myself. I probably should be able to make an adjustment like this, but not this time. I made it home fine. 80 miles down and it was daylight again. It was time to start riding the 24 miles loop over and over again. I made it once. I desperately needed the two gears I wasn`t able to use and had big difficulties getting up the hill (the one form my old post and earlier in this one) without them. I mad a choice to cut the loop short and thereby avoid the hill. I just had to make a shorter loop more times. It might sound like this would be an easier loop, but since I avoided the uphill, I wouldn`t be able to go downhill either. This meant that for about half of the 200 miles I would not have a single chance to rest while going downhill.

    At around 100 miles I started to feel that I was on a long bike ride. My seat started hurting and the knee I banged at the 66 mile “incident” (that sounds a little more serious and not so clumsy…or?) started to ache. It was time to bite my teeth together. I said this on Facebook at the time: “Half way and then some. 105 miles. I’m beginning to hurt now. I could list the body parts that hurt, but I might as well say everywhere. Time to kick the will power into overdrive.”

    The temperature went gradually up now that the sun had been up for a while. I rode for a couple of hours in 90-100 degrees and decided at 141 miles/105 degrees/3PM that it was time for some rest. I did not want to risk my health. I noticed that my pulse went up from 110-120 to 150+ due to the heat. I took a shower, had a good meal(see picture),

    plenty of liquid and actually managed to sleep for a little bit before I got back in the saddle at 8PM/83 degrees. I`m not sure if I see it myself, but my wife assures me that I look horrible in this picture. I think I look pretty good. I even Photo Shopped off a couple of banana pieces that were stuck to my face! Getting back on the bike after my break was rough. My muscles were cold, my knee..who am I kidding, everything hurt. I left this note on Facebook only 27 miles after I had satrted up again: ” I’m at 168 miles now and I’m aching absolutely everywhere, but I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.”

    I didn`t plan for the long break, but I`m very glad I was smart enough to take it. I honestly think that I would have gotten myself into trouble if I had not done it. Since I did take the break, I had to ride a few more miles in the dark and those extra miles I had to ride in an area with road work everywhere. It`s annoying in day light, having to steer around rocks, holes in the ground, barriers and what-nots. In the dark, I simply didn`t see all those things, at least not all of them. So, I fell into holes and flew over bumps too many times to count. Those things are NO fun when your crotch feels like it`s been operated on with no anesthetics already. Back and forth on my loop. At the end I realized that despite the fact that I hurt all over and despite the fact that I was very ready to take a nap, I had actually quite a bit of energy left. I sprinted the last few miles and was veeeeery happy when my computer showed 200 miles. I did it!

    It`s difficult to describe how I felt. I`m not the only one to have biked 200 miles in a day. It`s not even that long compared to what some people do. For me, the success, if I may call it that, means that I might have had heart surgery, but I`m no heart patient anymore. Does that make sense?

    Today, I had my one-year check up after surgery with my cardiologist. After EKG, ultrasound and plenty of tests and measurements my doctor told me that my heart, which before my surgery had grown so much that it had moved a little around its own axis, has now moved back in place and has shrunk down to normal size. You have no idea how that makes me feel!

    Keep your eyes on this blog for things to come. Have I got plans or what!?

    Don`t change the channel.

    THE Bionic Cyclist

  • bioniccyclist 5:59 am on September 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    It is time 

    One year ago today, I was dreading the pain I was about to experience as a result of necessary open heart surgery. I had do to it to improve the quality of my life. In the long run, save my life. Today, I`m celebrating that decision by reliving the dreading and indeed the pain. Funny thing is I`m 100% certain that this time I will be in much more pain than last year!

    Like last year I`m relatively sure I will make it, but not totally sure. Unlike last year, if I don`t make it I have only my self to blame. Unlike last year I feel good about the way I have treated my body the last 365 days.

    Thank you to all of you who have supported me. For those of you who know me personally, I`m sure you understand that it will be an emotional weekend for me. It`s good to be alive folks!

    My 200-mile/321.87km day will begin midnight tonight PST, 9AM Saturday morning in Norway. I will try to post updates on Facebook as often as possible. That`s my way of soliciting “you-can-do-it” from you online 🙂

    Time to go to work, take a short nap and then start counting miles. The forecast has changed a little, but not much: night time 67F/19C degrees, day time 102F/39C.

    Don`t change the channel

    THE Bionic Cyclist

    • steinar 8:35 am on September 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Ja. da er dags. Tenk hvor fort ett aar gaar.
      Du har jobba maalbevist mot denne dagen. Det staar det respekt av. Vi er sikre paa at du greier det maalet du har satt deg. Men husk at helsa kommer foerst. Det er ingen skam aa gi seg hvis det blir for toeft. Selvsagt ett hypotetisk spoersmaal. TVI! TVI! Lykke til og take care. Vi krysser fingerene for deg. Mvh INR senior

      • bioniccyclist 1:20 pm on September 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Takk for det. Naa er det bare noen faa timer til det braker loes. Helsa er som du sier det viktigste. Varmen er egentlig det eneste som gjoer meg litt usikker, Men, som en klok mann sa “Pain is temporary, quitting lasts forever”.

  • bioniccyclist 7:59 pm on September 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    One week left! 

    The big day, the day I have been planning for and preparing for is coming up in seven days. I am not as well prepared as I should be, but am I ready? Mmmmmmaybe…that`s as good of an answer as I can give you right now.

    The heat has been my enemy. It`s not like I didn`t know that I live in a hot area when I started this, but I have had more trouble handling the heat than I anticipated. Being from the cold north originally, my blood wasn`t exactly thin from birth. (I know, I could make so many jokes right now, being on blood thinners and everything), but I have always considered myself being relatively tolerant of high temperatures. I`ve lived here in the desert for the last six years where we have 120 degrees F consistently in the summer. That would be 45-50C. It`s one thing to live here and stay in the shade or even better, in an air conditioned room when you need to. It`s something else to exercise in temperatures where you can fry an omelet on your front porch. I do mean that literally!

    Twice this year have I been hospitalized with dehydration. One of those times with a heat stroke. The other time with renal (kidney) failure. Both times has it been my own fault. I simply have not been smart about hydrating myself and listening to my own body. I don`t mean the ticking of my heart valve either. Perhaps as a result of the hospital visits, definitely as a result of me being a dumb ass, I have not met any of the goals I set earlier this year. I wanted lose a certain amount of weight, I wanted to do at least one 100 mile ride by the end of July, and I….wanted so many things really. So far I have not lost a single gram since my last post (which was way too long ago), my longest ride has been 60 miles and I feel very very unprepared. UN-prepared might not be exactly how I feel, but at least under-prepared…if that`s even a word. I have by the way ridden around 1200 miles (2000km) since March.

    One part of me that is ready though, is my will power. I know I will not give up unless my legs stop working. I will start next Saturday and I will go for as long as I can.

    I`ve received a few questions regarding the 200 mile ride. Some of you seem to think it`s a race I have signed up for. It`s not so. It`s only me. I`m doing my own thing. The good things about that are that I can plan my own start time and decide where I ride.

    So, where and when? I will start at my house, then go about 38 miles in one direction, back again to my house, 12 miles in one direction and back to my house again. I will repeat the 24 mile loop until I reach 200 miles. You do the math. I will have a service car (my wife) with me for the first 76 miles. After that I will return to my house every 24 miles for drinks and food. I`m anticipating a total ride time of between 15 and 20 hours. I will start at midnight September 18 (Friday night). If you live in the area and would like to come out and experience some schadenfreude, let me know. Send me an email (thebioniccyclist@gmail.com) and I will tell you exactly where and when the pain will be on public display.

    I hope to be able to post some updates live here as well and if all goes well I will post a few short live video updates on Facebook. (add “terje riisnaes” as a Facebook friend and you will be able to see these clips).

    Until THE day, thats it!

    Don`t change the channel

    THE Bionic Cyclist.

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