Uhm, not sure if there are still any readers of this blog out there, but I do apologise for not contributing one bit of content towards this. All I can say is laziness of writing has crept in and/or work responsibilities. Either which one or both could be seen as close to the perceived truth to the lack of committing words to Word.
My cycling and training has gone massively backwards in the last few months. I have also recently gotten a girl friend and fellow house dweller, Dominique de Lauwere, which has changed my life for the better. (The less cycling has nothing to do with this life changing event. Just saying before I get into deep trouble. We actually rode the Ride2Nowhere 3-day stage race together, her first race, but for this awesome experience we need to write a book). Back to less cycling, which ironically leads by to my back.
In early October we went for a n early morning bike ride (See girlfriend = cycling partner) and on boyfriend duties (going to a Saturday market) experiences excruciating pain in my right leg in the hamstring and lower back area. So much so that I could not even drive the car.
Anyway, turns out I had suffered a hernia in the lower back, S1 and G1 with the hernia protruding into the
(https://www.spine-health.com/conditions/spine-anatomy/all-about-l5-s1-lumbosacral-joint) The disc becomes herniated when the inner portion leaks out and touches the nearby nerve root, causing pain to radiate in the lower back and/or down the leg. This, combined with work (events) resulted in me not being able to get onto the bike as I would have liked, purely because of pain and numbness and immobility in the lower back. It has been more than 3 months since this has happened and I am finally feeling more confident to do proper riding again.
Pain is there still, power is still lacking in the right leg as well as tiredness of pain down the whole right leg. Currently close to impossible to stand on a spinning bike during the classes. Thanks to the support of Dom (short for Dominique) in encouraging me to keep riding and do my exercises (from my awesome physio Cornell Eksteen) there has been huge improvement and drive to overcome this challenge, thus I thought to start writing and rambling on the blog again.
The biggest challenge was to find that motivation to get back on the bicycle and force yourself to ride again. Over the December holidays myself and Dom managed to go for a couple of short rides that was super chilled and fun, but still painful as the body (right leg) is not operating as it should with the nerve damage and resulting no power. (I can’s stand on my toes on my right leg and ankle flex is limited). Nevertheless, I am confident to build the leg and back function up again to ride with my mates (and girlfriend) in the mountains again.
The big thing is to remain positive and appreciate and enjoy being able to ride your bike. Dom has been tough on me and after each of the rides I complained that I am nowhere as fit as I used to be, she puts me in my place to be thankful I can ride and that I actually did the ride. To not complain of where I am at physically but celebrate the fact that I did a ride. This has been my first week back in full training and building up the peak physical fitness (for my Adventure Whale body that is).
Hopefully I can share more frequently on the progress of loosing that holiday extra body weight and learning to ride again properly (with my cycling partner and home dweller aka my biggest supporter the silly one)
No for riding this weekend and working towards completing the Trans Breede 60km (still unsure about this so soon) and ultimately riding with Dom in her first ever Cape Town Cycle Tour.
PS; I think we own cat now
Love you Silly