Thursday, 7 April 2016

Dumb 1 - 4

Well bollix to it.
I'm off the bike again.
neglected proper rest and stretching and have been unable to cycle since Tuesday.
Rested for a few hours after the 80k with Orwell on Saturday and ideally would have liked to stay in for the evening but had promised a friend I'd meet up with her for the cinema at 5.30pm, so headed out again when really I should have stayed put.
Dumb number 1.
But it was the cinema, I'd be sitting down, surely that'd be fine? 
And I'm sure it might have been except afterwards I decided I'd walk from Smithfield over to Cork st which is a bit of a trek anyway, but given my cycle a few hours earlier it was definitely dumb number 2.
Next day I drove over to IMMA, which was good.
Exhibition by Hennessy was ok. I liked a couple of his paintings, one of a lovely sunny countryside scene with a woman in black to the left standing with her back to us (which I took for depression)
The other painting I liked was one of an old derelict cottage being reclaimed by surrounding brambles, trees, nature.
Not so much walking in IMMA, but I drove over to the war memorial park to watch some rowers racing on the Liffey.
I was physically tired and should have just headed home, stayed a little too long. Dumb number 3.
Monday, I decided I was fit as a fiddle and cycled the 8k to work, after work cycled 5k to a 6pm class on Pembroke st, cycled 6k home at 7pm and was trembly. There's only so much dumb my body can take apparently.
Tuesday, I had to drive to work, there was no fit and no fiddle. 
I was drained and felt very weak, too fragile to cycle. An Inflammation party was in full swing across my lower back. Not painful thankfully, just hours of constant spasming across my back. Anti inflammatory tablets had no effect, no surprise there. Ran an epsom salt bath when I got home, was comotosed and slept like a log.
Tired again Weds and tired again today. The inflammation died down today which gave way to the tightness across my back which must have been there all along asked by the inflammation.
Got a bit panicky, what could I do?
Called the UCD physio where I used to see Ciara, asked if by any chance did they have an apt for a deep tissue massage - they did if I could get there in 20 mins.
Quick lower back massage and some dry needling and I was back to work for the afternoon. Back home and I'm zonked again, but he said to expect to feel like I'd been hit in the back (nice).
I'm a little down I mightn't make the 2nd spin on Saturday. It's a flat 77km too which I'd be well able for.
Fingers crossed this weakness lifts.

Saturday, 2 April 2016

Orwell Mount Seskin, Blessington, Butter mountain

Note the terms Mountians, not hills.
That's right.
I'm going to keep it to myself but I've been up worse hills. That's not to say today wasn't tough, but it wasn't as horrific as my anxieties persuaded me it was going to be.
Felt very different being out with Orwell and not Otley today. Missed the Otley heads, only natural as most my spins lately have been with them.
The scenery was notably Irish today and struck me far more than if I'd been regularly cycling in Wicklow instead of Yorkshire. 
How to describe the difference in landscapes, scenery, feeling?
The most obvious is the yellow gorse growing absolutely everywhere here in Ireland. The misty mountains in the distance, the road markings.
The blackbirds and bird song are the same, the road surfaces are very similar.
The walls are different, the layout of the land is more mountainous here.
They're both incredibly lush and they're both stunning in their own ways.
Did hill repeats for the first time ever today. Not as bad as I thought and quite do able.
Climb for 3mins in a gear which makes you work your leg muscles, cycle back down, climb the same hill again x repeat.
We only did two today which is probably why it seems do able.
Great leading and patience from Derek and Katherine.
Katherine kept the pace White, which I was thankful for.
I think keeping the whole spin steady, including hills is the magic pill to avoid headaches, exhaustion, back problems later. I've always known that but today I practiced a slower pace and I feel good.
Didn't have anyone in particular struggling today, so I think the group will work well over the next few weeks.
Predicted rain fell for our last hour and sent us all home cold.
But hey, I cycled 76km including Mount Seskin and Butter mountain, nothing's going to dampen my satisfaction.

No parking

The sign said don't park, I parked anyway. Returned from my nightclass to definite puncture. Typically didn't have my saddlebag with me so had to walk with the bike and Luas it home.