|Getting ready for my race, watching Seasons. I call this Dansualization. (Dancing while visualizing)|
I love music, and often have something rolling around in my head while I ride. The other day I had a very new experience: out for a mountain bike ride with Raffi in my head. Not to say that "Just like you and me" isn't a lovely song with a beautiful message, it just doesn't quite stoke me up for a ride quite like "Bulls on Parade"!
|Riding Wonderland to the tune of Raffi|
A few weeks ago I was complaining; I was frustrated by how little I was doing. I had envisioned myself trail running and mountain biking by 6 weeks after delivery, maybe 12 weeks at the most. That definitely did not happen! Up until last month, my activity was limited to walking and swimming. I've been seeing physio every two weeks, as well as frequent, much-needed massages. I was finally given the green light to bike about 1 month ago, and I was to stay on paved or gravel roads only for 30 minutes max. That was not what I had in mind, but it was a step in the right direction. I wish I could say that I always follow my physio's recommendations, but I am bad, and sometimes I push the limits. This time 'round, however, it did not take me long to notice that when I pushed the limits, I paid for it with back pain, hip pain, and worsening of my core stability. Not worth it!
Newsflash to me: carrying a mega-baby for almost 42 weeks, then delivering the same super-sized baby is hard on the body!
|Kind of massive|
In the meantime, I am spreading the word to moms: go easy on your body, it just went through a heck of a journey! I live in a town of uber-fit people, and it's not uncommon for moms to be hitting the trails within weeks of delivering. I knew I wanted to take it easy and not fall into this trap of overdoing it, but I did let myself get sucked in a little. I now know that the body needs to heal & if you don't allow it the space & time to do so, you will only prolong the process.
|My trusty little Nomad: I look forward to spending some more time together!|