Monday, October 29, 2007

Insane Jungle Run
Check out this fantastic run down a Northshore man made track somewhere in the jungle.
Watch out for the monkeys!!

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Getting the legs back
So since my last post I have had a nice break in Spain for a week and I am now getting the bike feeling back again, meaning I have been building up the mileage leading up to a 75 mile run on the Surly Steamroller Fixed wheel today which felt great.

Sunday, October 07, 2007

Still easy
Out on the bike today for the first time in about 3 weeks and felt alright although I was keeping myself back from pushing at all. During the run I did see some freaky heart rates than I am not use to, example is my max is 188 and I seen 184 even when I wasn't even pushing it!!

This is a great forward step (Cycle) as just one week ago I was having trouble walking never mind Cycling.

Saturday, October 06, 2007

Easy does it
This week I have seen a slight improvement from Thursday with the back as I seem to be getting a bit better mobility and less pain. Moving forward I am going to have patience as it looks like this is going to take a while to get right, when right I will be better able to manage my back which should make me a stronger person/rider for the future.
All this does make you take for granted your health and fitness as when it goes you feel pretty useless. Anyway upwards and onwards and if the last few days are anything to go by I am making progress.
Now where is my gym ball......

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) scan
So yesterday I was back to get my results from the scan hopefully telling me something was adrift with my spine. My Consultant went through the scan pointing out a slight narrowing of my spine in the lumber region which was causing my probs. The Consultant explained that I was probably suffering from Spondylitis which is an inflammatory arthritis condition affecting Males under 35 years old.
So where from here? well after going back to my Physio it looks like a 8-12 weeks of rehab to get mobility into the affected region and then strengthening the muscles round about the lumber area.

I do have another appointment with my Orthopedic Consultant on Mon coming to discuss the next step of getting a steroid injection into the lower back, this would hopefully ease the pain and take the inflammation away although I am thinking about this as a last resort at the moment.
I have just got a TENS (Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulator) unit today and will try and stick with this so I do not have to resort of reaching for pills to control the pain.
Hopefully from now on I can at least move forward as I have got an idea of what is going on and with Physical Therapy + specific stretching I will be able to get back to moving properly and biking.