Some filler

Hey everyone how’s it going?! I hope your new year is going well and that you’re on track to make a breakthrough in some area in your life. As I work on my next post I thought I’d fill you on what’s been going on.

The weather has been conspiring against me.

We have had some weird weather this past month. It seems like it snows on my days off and then warms up on the days I have to work. It has made outdoor riding, for me, non existent this month. *SIGH*

The view from my trainer is getting old!

I love the convenience of the trainer and the fact that I don’t have to spend 30 minutes putting on cold weather gear just ride but man I don’t know how much longer I can stand it. Im itching for warmer weather! On the plus side, training is progressing along nicely. I started this block of training with the same fitness that I had in the middle of last summer so that is definitely encouraging. Now it’s time to start fine tuning the work to more climbing and criterium efforts…YEEHAW!

I’m on a streak.

I currently on a 25 day mediation streak and I’m stoked! My mind is calm and I’m feeling more calm and balanced in my mood and everyday life. Slowly but surely I’m pushing through the clouds and finding those blue skies!

Getting straight.

Rehab is going good. Its becoming easier for the Chiropractor to get me adjusted and I’m holding my adjustments better which is all a plus. It was said today that “Adjusting athletes is like fine tuning a violin” I thought that statement was pretty cool.

Last but not least….

A little video for you that I had not intention of making. I had some pictures and video from some of my December rides and wanted to try and make something of them. I threw them in iMovie tweaked them a bit and I decided it looked decent enough to share. There is something special about the views at this time of year that you can only get in the mountain states.

Enjoy!

Getting Aligned

Do you know what your Atlas Vertebrae is? It’s OK if you don’t because I didn’t either until a couple months ago. Most people will know it as the C1.

I couldn’t explain it better so let me just take a clip from one of the articles I have read:

“The Atlas is the first vertebra in the neck and is unique in its shape and location. First, the Atlas is only held in place by ligaments and muscles and has no disc to tether it to the next vertebra. Second, it houses and protects the brain stem your body’s central computer.

Your Atlas should be sitting square with the head and the rest of the neck. Your eyes and inner ear are designed to be level with the horizon, along with the Atlas. When these three components are not in agreement, the nervous system suffers; however, the symptoms are not always found in the neck.

Your brain instinctively uses muscles to place your head level with the horizon. In the case of a misaligned Atlas, this can add stress throughout the rest of the spine, shoulders, back, pelvis, hips, knees, and ankles”

This post has gone through about 10 drafts so far and every time it get’s WAY too long and wordy. For some one who doesn’t dig on this kind of stuff I can see it being a drag to read SO let me just give you some pictures for your eyeballs to dissect. They will give you a better idea of what I’m trying to get at with out all the technical talk.

Neckside

Neckfront

"OHHH DUDE there's your problem right there!" "Damn, I was wondering where my keys were!"

“OHHH DUDE there’s your problem right there!”
“Damn, I was wondering where my keys were!”

Pelvis1

Pelvis2

So as we can see my neck spine and hips are all out of whack! I think this all stemmed from a snowboarding accident I had back in high school where I suffered a minor concussion after I slammed my head on some ice after attempting some super basic not so impressive trick. This was when helmets weren’t popular but because of that accident they became very popular with me! Now that I’m a little more knowledgable on this spinal mis alignment it seems that ever since that first blow to the head my skeletal system has been a junkie feeding off my mis alignment and getting a new high every time I take another blow to the head or hip! Thankfully I’m not trying to pull 360’s in the parks these days.

At the time of this writing I’m about 3 weeks into a 36 week integrative rehab program consisting of chiropractic work and physical therapy. I’ll keep you posted as things progress or not progress.

“So remember kids, helmets are COOL even if your friends tease you and say other wise!”

giphy

TTFN

My road to Everest(ing)

“Hey so I’m going to take on a new bike challenge next year.”

“Oh yeah, what are you going to do?”

“It’s this thing called Everesting.”

“Ever sing?”

“No, Everesting. Like Mt. Everest.”

“Oh. What is that!?”

“Well glad you asked. Let me break it down for you.

1. Find a local climb in your area

2. Repeat this climb until you have reached a total of 8,848 meters or 29,028ft of elevation gain Which is the total gain of Mt. Everest. (Oh I see what you did there)

3. You can take as long of break and as many as you need but it has to be done in one ride. No going home and sleeping for 8 hours and coming back to finish.

“Hmmm…Ok so that sounds cool and a little insane but WHY?!”

” Again, glad you asked…..”

The short answer: Why Not?!

The long answer:

I honestly didn’t even have this in my sights when coming up with a plan and goals for next season. I had come up with some basic goals like starting my training earlier, get my body and mind stronger with smarter strength training and a more consistent meditation practice and stay healthy through the winter months. Then I saw a video of a guy who’s Youtube channel I subscribe to and he was talking about his experience with it, how long it took, what he ate etc. This got my attention so I went and checked out the web site. After reading up on the rules and a bit of the history behind the challenge my palms got a little sweaty and I became nervously excited at the thought of doing this myself.

“What hill do I want to use?How long is this going to take me? What am I going to eat? What if I’m not physically or mentally fit to finish? Will I see myself as a failure?” were just some of the questions that immediately popped into my head. Even after pondering these questions I could only think of a positive outcome and the overwhelming thought “I can do this and I will do this”. Even as I write about it I get a smile across my face because for whatever reason this particular challenge resonates with me.

As I’ve been making friends and family aware of what my plans are I’m coming up with more motivational reasoning to take this on. Maybe I can spark a little inspiration in those who don’t think they can push themselves beyond what they think they’re capable of or what they’ve been told they aren’t capable of. We are our own self limiters period! If you can see over the fence of these limitations, even just a little bit, then I think you have already taken a valuable first step in becoming a better you. And as a finial thought; We all need challenges, mental and physical. Hopefully by going through these challenges we can get a better understanding of who we are, what we want and where we want to go. Discovering and unlocking your most authentic self as they say. Up to this point I’ve had my share of mental and physical challenges but I have yet to put myself in position to test the two together. Which seems to me most endurance athletes, whether they are aware of it or not, are trying to do. So somewhere in the warmer months when the wild flowers are lining the road again you will find me going up and down again again and again.

TTFN