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recuperated • strobe • fatigued
push on • persevered
  1. She was sick for two weeks, and she still hasn't completely.
  2. This is the time of day when I feel very and want to take a nap.
  3. Having a personal trainer really forces you to when you want to give up.
  4. It's important that you keep a light with you when you run at night.
  5. It was hard to find the perfect apartment, but they until they found it.
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586 Bike Worries

Terry talks about bad weather, illness, and vehicles. (Part 5)

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Just to give your body a chance to recover and recuperate.

'Recuperate' is very similar to recover, or regain former strength.  We also use this to describe when someone recovers from an illness.  Notice the following:

  1. He will need a few weeks to recuperate after surgery.
  2. You need rest and good food to recuperate your strength.


Put a strobe on the back of my light, anything I can do to increase my visibility.

A 'strobe' is a blinking light.  The light goes on and off at a rapid pace and is used so cars can see you when you are on your bike.  Notice the following:

  1. The strobe light at the dance club made my head hurt.
  2. When we danced in the strobe light, it was like being in a movie.


Do you get sick or do you get fatigued or things like that?

If you are physically tired you are 'fatigued.'  Notice the following:

  1. The walk from the store fatigues me so much now.  I am really getting old.
  2. My legs are fatigued from walking around all day.

push on

Part of the trip I guess is just pushing on.

To 'push on' is to continue forward even though something is difficult and requires a lot of force.  Notice the following:

  1. He pushed on slowly through the rain.
  2. Even though you feel you will never reach the end you have to push on.


Most days you can persevere and struggle through.

To continue toward a goal even though there are many obstacles and difficulties to conquer is to 'persevere.'  Perseverance implies keeping a strong motivation and having little fear of failure.  Notice the following:

  1. You have faced bigger problems than this and you have persevered.
  2. She has had some difficult experiences in her life, but she has persevered and become stronger.


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