An update, in case some of you may have noticed a lessening in participation on my part. I’m working through the fact that I have to dial back on how hard I can push it on the bike. For those who don’t know, I have a bicuspid aortic valve; something I was born with and can’t do anything about. Found out about it in 2016. Not trying to be mysterious – had the overdue followup with the cardiologist. On the plus side, he said to keep riding, it’s the best thing I can be doing. No intervention needed at this time. He even said I’m the healthiest patient he has. The first time I saw him three years ago he told me “don’t overdo it.” I failed to ask him what he meant then. This time, when I went through my usual cycling activity and said that, on occasion and for short spurts, my heart rate might hit 170, his response was “don’t do that.” Another plus, he saw no reason to do another stress echocardiogram before November. No real change in conditions since 3 years ago, but it’s not going away. It will, at some point, require open heart surgery for the valve job. That’s really not something I want to do until it’s absolutely necessary. He sternly recommended keeping the heart rate at 150 or less. Bottom line, I can still ride wherever I want, but I’ll be slower than before. I’ll be judiciously walking steeper parts that I may have bulled my way through in past rides. I don’t really want to subject anyone else to having to wait. I still love riding, and I’m not going to stop. I just figure I’ll be doing a lot more solo rides because it’s not fair to others to make them wait. Anyway, not looking for sympathy; just letting all y’all know why I’m not participating as much.