2015: Day 15
As many of you know, I’ve suffered from back pain for years, starting from when our relatively new bed started sagging in the middle <insert joke here>. The back pain has only gotten worse as my cycling has increased. I’ve seen many medical professionals without much success, but I keep trying because living in pain the rest of my life isn’t an option. I kept saying to Joel that I just needed to keep searching for that one person who would know what was going on and would be able to help me. A friend of mine had mentioned Wendy Epp at Form Physiotherapy so I went to see her. After that first session, I told Joel I think I had finally found “the one”.
Wendy performed several tests on me and quickly determined that my glutes (aka butt muscles) were not firing! It was a weird feeling when your brain is trying to tell your muscle to engage, and your muscle just quivers and doesn’t contract like it should. There was minimal right glute engagement and zero on the left. Since my glute wasn’t engaging, I was using absolutely every other muscle possible (including my baby toes!) to try to get the movement. Wendy noticed that I was actually twisting my body in order to get my body to move. Finally someone was able to explain why I got more pain in my left side than my right while cycling!!! I felt like she absolutely understood what was going on, and it matched with what I was feeling in my body.
Since August we have been working on restoring glute function. All the cyclists will understand how critical glutes are to cycling and particularly up hills! I look forward to tackling Gran Fondo again next year… this time with glute power! We have other things to work on as well, like why my spinal facets are so inflamed, but first things first. I have complete confidence that Wendy is on the right track and will not only get me in tip top cycling shape (she is a cyclist herself), but will also fix me up so that I can actually stand for long periods of time without pain.
The Form Twister is a frozen Texas Twister margarita. It is served in some fun glasses that we got in Mexico which I’m sure Wendy would appreciate!
Original recipe credit:
1-1/2 oz. Grand Marnier
1-1/2 to 2 oz. fresh lime juice
1/4 pint frozen limeade
Splash of Corona (or your favorite Mexican beer)
Splash of your favorite red wine such as Zinfandel
2 cups crushed ice