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First Push-Up Since Thanksgiving

I hit a major milestone yesterday: my first push-up since before Thanksgiving.

Baby steps.

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Problems are Accumulating. Time for Solutions.

Problems are Accumulating. Time for Solutions.

My pinched nerve is still in effect and is getting worse. It's been affecting my left arm since just after Thanksgiving, but I must have slept wrong or something this week, because now it's affecting my right arm as well. I'm still strong on the right, but my thumb is numb and tingly. (Meanwhile, my left continues to improve.)

An MRI has revealed a bulging disc at C6-7. My GP is giving me the usual garbage about how I shouldn't run, bike, swim, hike, do yoga, lift anything heavier than 25 lbs, or even turn my head to the left or right, and that that there's no point doing another MRI in six months or a year, because the disc will never really improve.

I'll be damned if I'm going to spend the next fifty years on the couch.

I need a trainer who can help me train my way past my current injury and establish a long-term plan for building a solid, durable body that will serve me well into old age. I need the benefit of experience, and I need someone who understands what it is to make physical strength and capability a building block of who you are.

But I'm just not sure I can afford that trainer. Not at the moment, anyway. So I'm trying the next best thing: I need to become that trainer.

Piuma

Piuma was spectacular. The weather couldn't have been better, and everyone I saw was happy to be outside. Just stellar, and I can't imagine a better return to the saddle.

Unfortunately, I think I might have pushed a little too hard. I felt great on the day, but on Wednesday I woke up with a sore neck.

So it's a short, exstatic flight, and now I'm landing (hard) back on earth. I've got to go easy and gradually make my way back to health.

Piuma

Good to Go

I've been in the gym working to rebuild strength in my left triceps, and it's paying off. After weeks of needing to do "negatives", even with very light weights, I got through the whole workout on Wednesday. There's still a long way to go, but it's a major milestone, and points toward good things to come.

So I took my road bike out for a short test ride today, to see how my arm would hold up, and make sure I felt solid. (My arm used to wobble when I was in the drops, in a tuck, etc.)

I felt totally solid. I'm still a long way from getting back on the trails, but I'm ready to start doing road rides again, so I'm looking forward to something fun tomorrow.

Any road to recovery can be long. It's important to mark the milestones along the way.

Test Ride

Half Push-Ups!

Half Push-Ups!

My pinched nerve persists, but my arm is responding to weight training, which is great. I can now do push-ups from the knees. (AKA: "half push-ups", or "girl push-ups", from back when the world was in denial about the ass-kicking capabilities of women.)

Once I can do full push-ups (hands and toes), I'm getting back on my bike.

I also have a few odds and ends to mention.

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