Thursday, September 23, 2010

Stuff in my head

I have a several things I want to report rattling around in my brain; finally committed them to paper this morning following my fitness bike extravaganza.  So here they are, in no specific order or magnitude:

My brother is aware I have an arthritic condition in my right thumb joint, which makes bicycle shifting not only difficult but a pain in the butt.  He offered a novel suggestion, that of switching the front chainring shifter to the right, and rear cluster shifter to the left.  Not a bad concept, but it did get me thinking about my dilemma.  For a quick fix, I re-adjusted my right side shifter and jacked the position way up, so that the shifter trigger is above the grip.  Now, I can push down with my palm to move the lever instead of activating the painful thumb joint.  Hey, old guys aren't only tough and good looking, they're innovative!

Was listening to Trail Slammer's latest podcast today.  He got 'er done and finished four of the major 100 mile races this past summer.  Slammer was stating that in his ultra world, the 100 milers are truly validating, not so much the 50K's and 50 milers. He used a quote from Karl Meltzer, the multi-time Hardrock 100 winner: "A 100-miler isn't 50 miles x 2," said Meltzer. "It's more like 50 miles x 3."  Anyone who has ventured out into the second half of a 100-miler knows that Karl is spot on.  Making the 100 mile finish line is epic and for me at this stage of life, hard to reproduce.  I spoke on this topic in an email to Dirt Dawg and my comments were featured on his latest podcast.  Always love a shout out for master competitor and my blog!

Wanted to report something my doctor told me last week, when I was in his office dealing with this pulled something-or-other in my side.  We discussed ice or heat and he told me ice is good for the first 1-2 days after a chronic injury, then heat.  But here's the new twist for me.  It's not as much about ice or heat, as it is about ice on/ice off or heat on/heat off.  It's about making the blood vessels contract or expand, then go back to normal...that's what accelerates the healing.  So if you're nursing past an injury, remember to do the on/off tactics to supercharge that healing process!

Here's a new modification to one of my favorite desserts.  I used to make this as a frozen pie, but who needs that stinkin' graham cracker crust and all those empty calories?

1) Combine one container of fat free Cool Whip and three (3) low fat get skinny yogurts in a bowl (used to be 2 yogurts but they downsized the containers).

2) Stir until well combined, should be a creamy yet liquid mass.

3) Pour into ice cube trays and freeze

Yummy yum yum!  I like this stuff better than ice cream and it is much better for the fabulous body I have created.  Of course, your choice of flavor in yogurt dictates the type of dessert you want to make.  So if key lime pie is your thing, you know where to go with this.

I'm headed to the Salem Lake 30K this Saturday to see if I can shake out this injury. Stayed tuned for updates.


  1. Good luck with the race Saturday. For the ice, I've also read that moving the ice while on also speeds up the efficacy. Sounds like a good dessert.

  2. Anonymous7:28 AM

    I've got the same left thumb going.Old MX or MTB injury? Who knows...
    Second the thumbs up on the desert. Going to try it tonight.
    Thanks, JB