Thanks for the congrats on 60-mile ride yesterday! We do take a lot of breaks, so it isn’t like we plow through our long rides all at once, as it is for enjoyment and not a race. John also thoughtfully pointed out that it wasn’t quite a metric century, since that was about 62.5 miles. Whatever…
My legs feel pretty good today, just a wee bit tired, so we decided on a rest day and did not bike to breakfast. Panera Bread bound, though! It is Sunday after all (aka bagel day).
Blueberry. And lots of coffee. I have been drinking water like crazy. Ins and outs did not match yesterday and I think I woke up dehydrated.
I have mentioned bits about the injury progress as it goes, but I thought I would give you all a more detailed progress report on what has been going on. If you are tired of reading about it, skip the next few paragraphs. For those that are new (or just missed it), I herniated a disk in my back about 6-1/2 weeks ago, which presses on my sciatic nerve. This caused sciatica symptoms (aka agony) and put me flat out for a few days and slow progress after that. I keep writing about the problems with my leg, but as John likes to point out, my leg actually is not injured, it is the sciatic nerve pain from the disk pressure and it just seems like it is in my leg. Again, whatever… 🙄 It created a deep pain in my thigh and knee, plus a burning sensation at times (underneath the numbness). Lots of fun! This was chronic for weeks, too. Chronic pain sucks.
Interestingly, the disk itself cannot feel pain, so my back actually felt much better after a few days, but the sciatica was the problem. I also had numbness in my knee and into my calf. This numbness is still present today along with accompanying weakness. I have also made a rather alarming discovery that my thighs are now 2 different sizes. My right thigh is a full inch bigger around than my left. I noticed that my pants felt kind of odd with several different pairs, so I measured and found that out. You can actually see the difference, too. Probably some atrophy of the left leg and over compensation on the right. The problem is that the nerve compression just won’t let the muscles fire in my left leg, no matter what I do, so they are weakening. You can’t force that either, although it is coming back slowly. It is going to take time, if the feeling even actually completely comes back all the way, which could be a possibility. Obviously I can bike, but the main reason for that is that both legs work together. When walking or running, there are points of time where the body is supported by one leg at a time, and that is why running and walking have been slow to return for me and still causes some pain.
So, that is where I am at currently. I would say 95% back at this point both physically and mentally. It seems like this injury has consumed so much of my thoughts and feelings for the last month and a half. If I don’t have sensation back in my knee/calf after 8 weeks, then it is time for further evaluation. So, I have had to re-evalute my race season this year and just take it week by week.
Anyway, back to the eats! Blackberries were on sale, so I had some with lunch with my egg sandwich. Also restocked with hot sauce, I might add 😀
Alas, it was back to work for me today. It was quite steady and went by pretty fast. John spent most of the afternoon in the kitchen making stuff today. He is turning into quite the chef!
Dinner time was a quick stir fry using this sauce:
4 ingredient stir fry: Frozen broccoli florets, shrimp, coconut oil, and stir fry sauce. How easy is that? Not to mention tasty!
After dinner, we took a stroll to keep the legs loose. It was quite warm today, too. 80 degrees.
One of the things John made today was a Queen Elizabeth cake as a test to see if I wanted this for my birthday in a couple weeks. He made a half batch of it in a loaf pan to test:
It was really, really good. Not sure if it is birthday cake material, so I have to think about that.
I also need to stay out of the rest of this. I am challenging myself through at least Thursday to eat really clean (or the cleanest I tend to eat at any rate). I am going to try to have as little sugar as possible other than fruit sugar. That means no fluff, no honey, no chocolate syrup on lattes. I will allow myself protein powder, as I need that prior to work outs. Also, really limited bread, as in no bread or wraps or crackers. It’s been a long time since I have done something like this, so it should be fun!
Question: Are you challenging yourself to anything this week?