Monday, December 21, 2009

Playing Good Girl

My attempt at going Gangsta on my son.

So I sit at a desk Monday-Friday at a job that I am thankful to have and for a incredible company all the while thinking and looking forward to riding and running and all of the wonderful things that come along with working out. This past week I took some spin classes at a new location… from new instructors…on bikes that are foreign to my body and something awful has happened…. MY FREAKING LOWER BACK. It is the only thing that I have added that is new and just like that my winter league ride, with my new team, in my new team kit was over before we even got 15 miles into it. Now I am not one of those smart people that would have skipped it rather I am the kind that headed out in the low 30 degrees to get on a bike KNOWING my back would likely not make it. So what have I learned from all of this?... stick to the trainer on a bike that fits me perfectly!!

So before all of you scold me I am playing good girl now and will be taking the next several days off from any riding or running in the hopes that I make the team ride this coming Saturday.

A HUGE THANK YOU to all of the comments on my previous post. It lifted my spirits as well as Scott's more than you know!!! 2010.... It will be an even better year...we just know it :)



Wes said...

I slept on a bed over Thanksgiving that was bad for my lower back. I've been struggling ever since! Stooopid backs...

I do spin classes every once in a while. You got to setup your bike just right.

Get better!!!

Grey Beard said...

You have, unfortunately, discovered why I NEVER do spin classes. The instructors think pushing tall gears on bad bikes with crap fits is a good workout. Even if that didn't destroy the fine muscle timing that allows a high cadence, it ruins your back. I still think rollers are the best, or a very good trainer and cyclone fan.

Things to try:
1. Stand with your thighs against the end of the bed and bend over until your forearms are touching the bed. As your hamstrings and glutes loosen focus on relaxing your back.
2. Massage the upper, and middle back, and legs. Relaxed and elongated muscles in these areas will relax into the lower back giving relief.
3. Stand with an extremely wide stance inside a cable-frame machine and pull from the top across your chest to touch your toes. Lock out your arm and pull with your abs and obliques. This takes weight off your spine while at least doubling the strength of your obliques in ~ 2 months. Do weight for 25-30 reps. 3 sets. This will give you a lifetime of freedom from low back issues.

Good luck Robin, and Merry Christmas!

Judi said...

yep, yep, my friend hurt her knee the same way, in a spin class on a bike that didn't fit right. i don't like spin classes really.

hope you get to feeling better soon.

Mel-2nd Chances said...

sorry i'm so late to comment Robin, but i'm hoping you're staring to feel better after a few days off!! Merry Christmas to you and the family, and can't wait to see all that you accomplish in 2010, especially with your new cycling team! You'll ROCK IT! Take care :)

Marlene said...

May I just say that you look far too young for that young man tobe your son!!?