Skip to main content

Healing Sunday

Today's been all about healing and rounding the corner on my back injury. I set the alarm in order to eat an early breakfast and start the prednisone pack. Saturday was a day without meds, although many were still in my system and I was a little loopy. They wore off early this morning as I woke to increased pain instead of the alarm. I'm not one to jump at meds as the solution, but after the last week I was desperate. 

I caught up on the Ladies Tour of Norway and was thrilled to learn that American Shelley Olds won Stage 2. That put her in 2nd place overall, leaving the top step to American and Stage 1 winner Megan Guarnier. Another American, and Megan's teammate, Evie Stevens won the Mountain Classification. I can't wait for UCI Worlds in Richmond, these ladies are going to put on a show on home soil and we'll be there to witness it!

Megan won Stage 1 and the General Classification. Shelley won the Crit and Stage 2 plus the Points Classification.
Evie Stevens always has great podium faces

Now that my heart was happy with all the awesome news from Norway, I attempted to make my mind and body happy with yoga, stretching, icing, and meditation. Then, because I felt like it, I went back to bed. 

In the meantime, Terry was up and grabbed the mail from Saturday. I woke to a surprise from the UK! Sarah (aka @_pigeons_) had sent a swag bag from a couple women's races that she attended. My heart was even happier that someone had gone to the trouble to collect all these goodies and ship them across the pond for my enjoyment. I do support Sarah's patreon account in order to help her attend the races, but I didn't expect her to send a jersey, autographs and so much more.

Women's Cycling Swag Bag from Sarah!
Sarah attended the Ladies Tour of Norway this weekend and captured great content - talk about happy!
Check her out on Twitter and Website

With a brand new jersey, I had to attempt a ride. I was starting to feel a little relief so figured I could do about the same effort as Saturday. I had to turn back early, but stopped and took a few pictures and then went to the pool for some cool down laps and stretching.

In less than 100 days we'll be skiing - need to take advantage of the last few months of cycling
Loving my new Sprint Classification jersey from the Energiewacht Tour

The rest of the afternoon and evening have been dedicated to more healing. We relaxed on the back porch listening to the waterfall and reading. I took breaks from my book for icing, stretching, eating, and house chore sessions. Part of it is mental and my determination to improve, but I have to admit the meds are also helping. I know this isn't the end of it, but at least I've turned the corner.


Backyard Oasis

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Penguin Allergy

I had an interesting visit to the allergy doctor yesterday. It appears that the only way I can be allergy free is move to Antarctica, continue to avoid celery, and just in case I have a penguin allergy - don't get a pet.  I guess I could test that theory with a quick trip to the zoo.

Word has it, that this spring and summer are horrible for allergies here in Utah.  A dry winter, strong winds, little rain, and who knows what else have affected almost anyone you meet.  Until I ran into the food allergy issues last year, I didn't think I had allergies to anything.  After yesterday, I'll have to plan an extra 30 minutes whenever I fill out a medical form.  I'm new to the allergy thing and have many friends that have lived with it their entire lives and get shots to manage - I'm realizing it's a real pain.  So, here's a recap of how I ended up worrying about penguin allergies.

I came home from Malaysia in November with a nasty head cold, exacerbated by the plane…

Local Training Roads

After three great days of riding at CampoVelo Weekend, I was ready to get serious about spring training back in Utah. With no weekend trips and only two work trips in the last two months, I could take advantage of our amazing local roads. Even better, I'm doing it on a new bike! I've been looking for the last few years, but finally pulled the trigger on a dreamy Pinarello Dogma F8.

I take our local roads for granted, concentrating on intervals or chatting with friends rather than taking photos. We have some of the best training roads in the world, as many pros and others have discovered. It's been great to see so many people out this spring enjoying our not-so-little secret.













Women's Cycling Kit Review

I have a hard time turning down a new cycling kit, especially if it represents and supports women's cycling. In addition to riding in the best gear out there, I can proudly display my support and jumpstart a conversation or two about women's cycling.

Over the winter, I've added a 2013 Specialized-lululemon, 2013 Vanderkitten, and 2014 Women's Cycling Association (WCA) kit to the collection. I'm still waiting on the WCA kit, but the others have had some saddle time and will have plenty more.

My local cycling team is primarily sponsored by Skullcandy and the kits are made by Utah company DNA Cycling which also provides team sponsorship. While our cycling team isn't women's specific, I'm very proud we are associated with DNA as they support our local pro women's team DNA Cycling pb K4. (Just one of many kits on my wish list) 
Let's start with the facts. I'm 6 feet tall and for my height, have long femurs and even longer torso. When not wearing…