Sunday, January 24, 2016

Its time to ride...for I am the comeback kid!

Its no joke this right hand of mine... BUT today I decided to do my first hill ride in 9 weeks and test out my right hand... and do the longest ride to date since 19th November.... I cycled up GMR.

Proof of my ride!
GMR stands for Glendora Mountain Road it is like having our own mini Alpe De Huez right on our doorstep! But these last few weeks I have not attempted to ride the bike up the due to a badly damaged right hand...

So lessons from my ride
1. Went up 12 miles spinning, trying to enjoy the pain of the climb.
2. You do not forget how to ride a bike.... however it seems harder to climb after not riding for a while.
3. Going up hill had to hold the hoods of the handlebar, my right hand did not like gripping the handlebar.
4. At the top of the ridge I enjoyed the view chugged down a Hammer Heed and laughed out load a wonderful afternoon for what seems like my maiden voyage up GMR.
5. Going downhill was like being at hand therapy.. began extremely painful for my right fingers to touch the brakes...every time the wheels went over a bump my little pinky hurt..As the descent continued my fingers became stronger at holding / feathering the brakes.
6. I am still unable to make a fully clenched fist but felt grateful I could grip the hoods of the handlebars..

I am super happy I decided to try and ride my bike today...I still have a little way to go before I am 100%  I will take 24 miles its a start!!!
I am the comeback kid!!!

Now to ice my hand and tape it...
My average Heart Rate was 124 I tried to keep it in zone 3 for most of the ride although I did hit zone 4  on some of the grades...

The beautiful views

All smiles I made the ridge.

my beautiful bike

Life is great when you let it be.
Coming back from an injury is never easy
It is frustrating 
Who would have thought soft tissue could be so darn stubborn.
Its time to start out again with baby steps
Day by day I will get stronger at all 3 disciplines
Life is a journey and so is my full recovery
Tomorrow is a swim day and so it begins... 

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Getting back in the saddle after injury

Its time to RIDE
Gosh I have missed my bike.... After I had a nasty cycling accident on the 19th November I have had to rehab a fracture in my left arm and still getting therapy on my right hand, I have not been able to swim of bike but lots of walking and just started marathon training again. AND....TODAY Jan 4th I put my road bike together and yup..I WENT FOR A RIDE!!!

Happiness SO SO happy!!!

Thank you to my new Polar 450 for informing me I did 19.14 miles... longest ride to date!!!!

It is not easy getting on the bike I felt like a child again... my wrists did not hurt and just a little discomfort in two of my fingers... felt great to be turning the pedals, felt great to put on my cycling kit ... felt a little wobbly but I AM ONE HAPPY CAMPER the light is looking brighter at the end of the tunnel and my glass is more than half full......

Friday, January 1, 2016


January 1st 2016 how time flies.... the transition into the New Year was one of the quietest to date spent watching movies with my husband and two four legged babes but after such a hectic December felt great to have quietness,,,

So welcome 2016! My resolutions are not unlike other years although this year better be a LOT better than 2015 I have never had so many set backs and hurdles in any other calendar year! Ending it out on Nov 19th with a pretty horrific accident which 7 weeks later I still am unable to swim or bike or do yoga, grateful to Covina Hills Sports Medicine therapists who are doing a great job fixing my right hand.
tools for measuring my hand,

Therapy begins..

dipping into liquid paraffin wax

On January 1st I went to Glendora Mountain Road with my husband AL and my little running guru Hammer and while we ran Al mountain biked. It was the perfect start to 2016.

Al and Hammer

Al gives lil Hammer some water

Awe a family pic on New Years Day!

Hammer and his human ME!! Running Happy!

all smiles

Al in his element..

half way..

Hammer on the trail...

So was a great way to say hi to 2016, I hope to get fit and recover 100% there are may things I would love to happen this year but the big one is good health and happiness. The rest is one day at a time small steps to a bigger picture as my husband always says you will not win all the battles but the objective is to win the war and with that I will sign off and look forward to a fun filled and exciting year or racing, traveling, making new friends, and of course Running with my min pin Hammer.