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Back in the saddle

Just like it says – today was the first time in over a month where my ass was on my road bike for all of fifteen miles. It doesn’t sound like much but between the back issues and busted up ribs over the past six weeks this is a move in the right direction. I think you would call it progress.

Now there was no hauling ass today, just a cruise around Lakewood and Denver. On my travels through a hipster neighborhood – the Highlands in Denver, I came across an interesting gym – CrossFit Cuspis. I ended up talking to Spencer who was manning a laptop by the door, actually I was surprised to see a CrossFit gym open in the middle of the day. Usually they are open in the AM for the crack of morning crowd and then the after work crowd. Any who looks like they might be a good place to get a lunch workout in and work on my rusty CrossFit skill repertoire.

This weekend there is a CrossFit workout lined up for me but that will be done on my own in order to not look like a bumbling uncoordinated fool among hardcore CrossFitters.


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Back Flare-up

What the ? I went for a ride a week ago and then again yesterday and my back is up to its old tricks which means nice, little back spasms throughout the day. WONDERFUL!

Last weeks ride was at such an easy pace as was yesterdays and still no love. I am guessing that sitting in a truck for basically four days straight has royally pissed my back off. Just saying…that and a real lack of any core work , Crossfit or kettle bell workouts has caught up to me – man that did not take long.

Moral of the day? – Do not neglect taking care of yourself, especially when you are on the downside of forty years-old.


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Basement training

By basement training I mean sitting on your bike in the basement or wherever it is you set up bike plus trainer, pounding away at then imaginary miles while trying to mentally be anywhere but your current situation.

It may sound odd but this is a positive thing, yes, you are on the trainer with short-term and long-term goals in mind while your brain is trying and sometimes succeeding in going to your happy place. Anyone who has done this knows exactly what I am talking about. Your first season on the trainer you look forward to it the most part because it often gets you ahead of the game when hitting the road with your teammates early in the season. You can of course overdo it and become a “Spring sensation,” but I don’t know too many people that kill it on the trainer and still have their sanity – well maybe one but all he does is ride his bike, eat, work and sleep but he is driven by a different force than the rest of us.

Later seasons on the trainer tend to be pure torture because you know damn well you have to do it if you want to be more than pack-fodder come race season or even at your next group ride. Which of course, whenever the leader says it’s going to be an easy, base ride, you just have to laugh because ten minutes into the ride the attacks begin and before you know it your easy group ride turned into the usual dick-swinging contest on the bike.

Why do you do it then? Because you don’t want to be that guy, that’s why.


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Ergh bikers that don’t even try to follow traffic laws

Mr. Commuter man/biatch,

If you blow through that stop sign one more time in front of me we are going to have words and then some. Over the last few months I have run into you numerous times. At a three way stop you blow through taking a right as I am coming across the intersection. You do not even try remotely to follow the law. 

I am a biker and this pisses me off to no end. You know the rules of the road so try and follow them, no follow them, end of story!

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Practice makes perfect

Of course you have to actually practice. Some of these lifts in Crossfit are kicking my ass to say the least and making my body feel more beat up than it should. Maybe it is the pace of the workouts, or perhaps actual weight-lifting, of which I have been lacking for years. Heading in this PM as I was in Monday morning but the heavy squats and then WOD took it out of me. My hip is bugging the crap out of me along with my lower back acting up. To help with that I have begun going back to the chiropractor as of last week. Been there twice already and he has put me on a weekly schedule for the time being. I hope, no it will help.

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What the ?

Crossfit is cruising along fine after yet another setback, not Crossfit induced 😉 I injured my lower back due to bike racing and a lack of core strength and it came back to haunt me the other day!@#$!

I just can’t seem to win lately, well the past two years. Is there some truth to the fact that once you turn forty that your body starts going haywire? I don’t know as I have heard various arguments for that when you turn 30, 40, 50, etc. Either way I know my body has changed and keeping up with the twenty year-olds take more time and especially more rest!

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Note to self

When you are so tired lifting because the WOD is kicking your a$$ make sure you throw the bar far enough in front of you so as not to take a chunk out of your nose.
That is all

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