Monday, February 26, 2007

It's a long road back

I've been extremely bad about updating my blog lately, but I've had a good excuse! My back injury was worse than I thought and I've been totally out of commission for the last 2-3 weeks. I finally got to ski on Friday, although I only lasted about half a day. I seemed to have timed it just right - three mega storms lined up to nail us and I can barely ski more than a couple of hours.

I went to the Chiropractor on Saturday and it was "interesting". The adjustment consisted of popping every join in my back at the same time. It was pretty dang gross. It seemed to help though and I'm going back on Wednesday. I hate all this PT mumbo-jumbo: "your back is misaligned", "we need to strengthen your core muscles", "you need to stretch more". KISS MY ASS! I stretch at least twice a day and I had the most brutal core strengthening program on the face of the earth! Don't tell me I'm weak, because I'm not. Tell me that I'm hurt and I need to rest. Tell me to stop eating cheescake and drinking beer due to depression. Tell me when I'll be better!

Tuesday, February 6, 2007

Gimpy McBusted is back in the house

Yup, I managed to hurt myself again. After hitting my personal best deadlift two weeks ago I was feeling pretty good about my back and how well I had recovered from last year. On Monday morning (the 29th), I decided to do "Diane": 21-15-9 DLs and HSPUs. I warmed up, and decided to throw on 135# for the DLs (hey, I maxed at 200#). So, 15 reps into the first set I stood up to take a break and realized that my lower back felt really tight. It kept getting tighter and more painful by the second, and soon I was totally Quasimoto'd. It's probably similar to what I did at the climbing gym last year. STUPID.

So, I'm back on the recovery wagon. I've managed to get in some pretty decent cardio workouts over the last 7 days or so, but it's just not the same when I can't do my Crossfit stuff. I'm hoping to be back on my skis by next weekend. I've also tried to put myself back on a pretty strict diet to limit my losses (although the combo of GGAN, the mini-summit parties, UFC, and Superbowl definitely didn't help in the "diet" department this weekend). I'm going to try going for no alcohol during the week (and Sunday if I can manage it), absolutely no sugar, and calories <1500 per day. I really want to lose this horrible 6-7 poounds that just won't go away.

I talked extensively with Lis this Sunday about XC skiing and touring, and hopefully I've found myself a new touring partner. I've really wanted to get some nordic gear too, so it'll be cool to have her show me the ropes a bit. I think it's time to get super fit again (if only I would stop hurting myself!)

On another note, Josh has started classes at the Bernales Institute and he's really loving it. I think I want to give it a shot once I'm back in full form - Muay Thai has always looked really fun. I don't know how I feel about getting punched and kicked, but I would be one bad mofo.