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Low Back & Posture Workout

My Chiropractor recommended this, and it looks great. Posting here so I don't lose it.

Circuit Training & Rehab

Circuit Training & Rehab

I realized that I haven't written down my circuit training & rehab methods. They're working, so I want to make sure that I don't lose 'em.

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Going Out to Play

I took my road bike out for a spin today. Mostly, it was great to be able to go play with the other lycra-clad crazies. But I also had a few concrete goals.

Las Virgenes - Mulholland Loop

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Just Keep Moving

Just Keep Moving

There are times when Conan mode gets me through. But sometimes getting through is less about motivation, and more about putting one foot in front of the other, continuing to stack up imperceptible incremental improvements until you can build some momentum again.

A chance conversation led to a recommendation for a Chiropractor & Physical Therapist who was a pro cyclist in a past life. I got voicemail when I called. I'll try again tomorrow.

Offloading, Refocusing

Offloading, Refocusing

I've talked before about how cycling has, over the years, become woven into my daily life, and how the un-weaving can be tough.

My general life has become quite stressful, and small things that I'd normally shake off are accumulating and presenting real problems.

Over the last week or two, I've realized that all the daily bits of cycling-related fun have now become little jabbing reminders of how much I want to be on my bikes. They're not motivating me any more. Quite the opposite. It all just feels like leftover confetti from a party I'm not invited to.

It's entirely psychological. My brain goes in circles. I'm stressed, so I want to ride, but I can't, so I get more stressed, so I want to ride, but I can't, so I get more stressed...

Yes, this is my brain hyper-focusing on the smallest, easiest problem on my plate right now, because the big stuff is entirely out of my control.

So I'm purging all the bike- and outdoor-related feeds from my RSS reader, putting all my bike clothes in a container in the garage, and I'm going to try to find a spot in the garage where I can hang and cover my bikes so they don't look quite so much like lonely puppies every time I go out there.

The road to recovery is going to be longer than I can comfortably wrap my mind around right now, and might not ever go where I want it to. So it's time to let my brain settle, and focus on the here-and-now.

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