Monday, February 17, 2014

250 Miles and Feeling Good Again

Putting on miles watching the Olympics (time includes an interruption)
My last post was a little bummin' due to some knee soreness, but I'm relieved to report that I've fixed that. My stationary bike isn't ideal for a taller rider and I got into the bad habit of bowing my knees out. Last Monday I was conscious to put my knees back into alignment and the dull pain I had been feeling went away immediately.

For better or worse, I also took four consecutive days off. That wasn't the plan, but there was a reason each day and I decided a stretch of rest wouldn't be the end of the world. Two of the days were due to early morning meetings at work (6:30 AM...why?) and on Saturday it was all I could do to fulfill my obligations as a youth baseball coach. For those of you not in Washington State, outdoor baseball here is a struggle. Our league tryouts Saturday included four hours at about 40 degrees and a light rain. It took me a few hours to recover and then it was off to an indoor practice. I love coaching, and it does keep me active, but we're coming into the season where there's not much time left after work and baseball.

A thought on the Olympic snowboarding... I watched the seeding runs for women's snowboard cross from my exercise bike yesterday. One rider launched off a big jump, got a little bit sideways, and smashed her head on the ground. She was knocked unconscious instantly, before she even came to a stop. I saw this in women's slopestyle as well, where a hard hit knocked a woman out and broke her helmet, all before she slid to a stop. The commentator called it "rag dolling." It was an apt description, but I couldn't help think of the euphemisms NFL announcers used just a few years ago to describe concussions, such as, "He got a little ding on that play." The NFL finally knows concussions are a crisis, even if they haven't solved it. When will snowboarding?


Michele said...

Glad to see you are still pedaling and making progress. Overall the important thing is that you are keeping it up. You will begin to notice changes in your stamina soon.

Yes, I am doing the STP! My son in Port Townsend will do it with me so I will not ride alone. Plus we will have a support car with our spouses! This will be the most challenging ride I will attempt, thus training is key.

Can not understand 6:30 meetings. whew, that is waaay too early!

Love the Dutchies winning in speed skating!

Rob Hamel said...

Keep racking up those miles!

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