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Meet the I Do It For ___ board

I’m having to fight the urge to jump in to design mode with the I Do It For Foundation website. I know that in a couple of months all the work I would do during the time will be replaced with something much better. There are better ways to spend my time at this moment.

However, I did want to take a moment to get up a page introducing you all to the charter members of the I Do It For Foundation board. We don’t plan to stop here. We are starting with three just to get the ball rolling. We hope to expand it as we are able to present possible members with a more developed structure.

For now, swing on by read about Mike McCaskill, David Mruz and Jonathan Pait. Again, please excuse the rudimentary web page. You can click on the page header to go to the I Do It For Foundation home page.

Meet the I Do It For ___ board.

Now, I’m going to go ride my bicycle!

End of a road to start a new one

Today at 2:10 PM, I’ll go to visit my neurosurgeon, Dr. Johnson. I have every reason to believe that he will tell me that I no longer have to wear my neck brace. Since my hand cast came off a couple weeks ago, that would mean that today the visible reminders of my May 22 accident will be gone. For months I have looked forward to this day, but this morning I realize that while it is an end of one part of my recovery, it is the beginning of another.

I’ll confess. I have cheated. I didn’t wear my brace a whole lot while on vacation last week.

I knew that when the neck brace came off it would be pretty painful. While the bones have healed nicely, I still have had a bit of neck trauma from the accident coupled with weeks of immobility. The bottom line is the muscles in my neck are a wreck.

The hope was that by taking the brace off a bit more last week, I could get a head start on the recovery. I knew that the bones were healed because we had originally scheduled my appointment during that week. Had I not been on vacation I could have removed it then.

Whew, when I first went several hours without it, I realized that just getting the brace off didn’t mean I was healed! The tendons in my neck were like hard rubber. Used to be it was the brace keeping me from turning my head right and left. Without the brace, it was the muscles.

By the end of the time without the brace, I had a headache and I was physically tired from holding my head up. It is kind of a weird feeling. You typically don’t think about your head. It is just there. However, when you go through a neck injury like this, you get reintroduced to the weight of your noggin.

Now for the good news. I have seen progress. If I can keep reminding myself to relax, I have found I can go longer and longer without the brace. I think I have gotten a weeks head start on recovery. I need it… the 2010 Ride for Mike is less than two months away!

My ace in the hole is Dr. Mruz of Eastside Chiropractic. At the beginning of this season I had quite a few issues due to a pretty bad crash at the end of last season compounded by overdoing it on the Challenge to Conquer Cancer ride that October. Dave took me on as a special project and he is one of the reasons why I was able to see such success during the first part of this season.

He is determined to get me moving again. He is going to be an important team member for a successful event this September. It all starts today once I leave the neurosurgeon. I’ll then head over to Eastside Chiropractic and start the road to strength.

It is a road I’m ready to ride up!

David Mruz demonstrates proper coffee sniffing technique

I’ve been thankful for Dr. David Mruz of Eastside Family Chiropractic for some time. After last season, I really messed my body up. Because of some injuries I was riding incorrectly on my bike. Doc straightened me out. He also helped me discover that I was riding on a bent saddle. With his help I’m now riding without pain.

Now I have another reason to be thankful. He has demonstrated the proper technique for receiving your Low Cadence coffee. He even sent some pictures to share with the readers.

Dr. David Mruz

First, show everyone that you got your pound of goodness

David Mruz

Second, breathe in the fresh aroma of newly roasted beans

David Mruz

Third, open... NO! You have to grind it first!

It has been fun delivering the coffee around to the various locals who have joined in support of the 2010 Ride for Mike by giving. You too can play a part. Everyone giving $15 or more to the ride and requests the coffee will receive a pound of the bean. Remember, 100% of what you give will go to the Michael T. McCaskill scholarship fund. The coffee is my gift to you.

Now it’s time to go get another cup! Get your own by contacting me at lowcadence@pait.org.

Tears in my eyes

I rushed off from work to make it in time for my fitting at my chiropractor, Dr. David Mruz of Eastside Chiropractic.  Since today was an off the bike day, I didn’t have to worry about getting in a workout. I just needed to get worked over!

No kidding, I have been limping around since my workout on Monday. My hip has had shooting pain as I walk and a dull ache as I stand or sit. Things were getting desperate and I couldn’t wait to get in to see the doc!

He set my bike up on the rollers as I changed into some riding shorts. Then it was time to put on my new Specialized S-Works shoes. Once they were on I climbed on the bike and started to spin.

Really, it never really struck me that the actual spinning of the bike caused pain. As a matter of fact, I told Dr. Mruz that the only time my hip didn’t hurt was when I was easily spinning on the bike. He listened to my information and then began to instruct me to place my feet and legs in various positions.

It wasn’t long at all before he told me to step off the bike, sit down so he could see the alignment of my feet at rest, and hand him the shoes. He took them and started to adjust the cleats based on where he marked the shoes to show the balls of my feet. Turns out the cleats can’t quite reach what he thought was the optimal location, but certainly he could get it to a spot where the pain would lessen.

I then climbed back on the bike. I pushed my feet down to engage the pedals. I began to spin. Then I began to cry.

Now, I don’t mean that I was blubbering or anything.  However, have you ever had pain or maybe were sore from a hard workout and then slipped into a hot tub or took some medicine that made the pain ease? Do you know how that can make you have a laugh come up from deep inside you? It is that incredible feeling of relief and release of tension.

Well, that is what I felt. It was first a relieved laugh and then I felt the tears well up.  I knew immediately that this was a change. My body just felt right on the bike. Spinning felt very natural.

Dr. Mruz said the way I was riding I was torquing my right hip and that was causing me to strain the muscles in my right leg. It started with a messed up saddle which lead to a messed up shoe.  We fixed the saddle easily enough by getting a new one.  However, because I was waiting for new shoes, it has taken awhile.

It was at that moment I realized that really spinning didn’t make me feel better. Sure, I didn’t have the shooting pain, but what was happening was I was winding myself up like a rubber band. All the tension was building and causing my muscles to fire incorrectly.

Now, I don’t expect to wake up in the morning healed! I don’t even expect to be pain free on my next ride. It is going to take a bit to work out the stress on the right hip structure. However, I do have great confidence that we have fixed the foundation. In time my hip will come back into alignment as I retrain it back to its correct motion.

Thank you, Doc! You’ve made a grown man cry!

Posterior and Posture

Forgive this extended video of my backside. However, I’m placing this up on the blog so my chiropractor can see the video before our meeting this Wednesday when he plans to put me on my bike. He is doing his best to help me past this knee pain and posture problems I’m having. This video provides some good real life data for him to consider.

It was a good ride. I can certainly see how these training rides are different from how I would typically go out for a morning ride. Jim was keeping me in my pedals the whole time. No coasting on those downhills! You’ve got to keep that wattage up whether you are climbing or descending.

The funny thing is that it actually makes descending even harder than climbing.  It is easy to hit 240 watts when you are climbing up a hill. It isn’t so easy to hit it when you are going down it! I found myself more out of breath coming to the bottom than arriving at the top.

Jim says these rides serve the purpose of preparing me for later rides when I am going to have to go harder for shorter periods. I’m training my legs to keep pressure on the pedals… on and on and on… It will become second nature when I’m pushing and feeling like I want to let up.

Good stuff.  With Jim and Dr. Mruz working with me, I really think my body is going to be ready for the next season. I’ve also got to keep focusing on the mental and teamwork side of the bike.

It will come.