I announced to the world (ok, Facebook) that I was going to Embrace The Recumbent a while back and I had every intention of doing so… Honestly.
Ok, I may have still been dreaming of the day when I could ride a road bike, pain (ish) free again. I’m not very good at giving up on things you see, you may have noticed that.
Over the years I’ve tried almost everything but the one thing I have never had done for my back was an MRI, just because of the cost. Last year though, I found my local Chiropractic College offered them at a fraction of the price and I decided to go for it.
My (slightly deluded) hope was that we would see the problem and it could be magically fixed, ta-daa! I was warned by my physio that this probably wouldn’t happen, but I never listen to anyone and also, from an anatomical point of view, I really wanted to see what was going on.
So the results came in and they showed what we expected, which is my Hypolordosis. And boy, can you see that! But everything else was pretty much what you would expect for someone my age etc.
This kinda messed my head up and sorted it at the same time (I was at the Lanza Swim Camp at the time, so I had time to think whilst I swam) I decided that I would try and ‘fix my Hypolordosis’. The internet said I could and that’s always right, right?
I also decided that no matter what, I was riding the Enduroman Triple on the road bike. I just can’t face that course with the recumbent. I also don’t think I would make the bike cut off.
Once I was back from Lanzarote, I set to researching the best exercises for helping Hypolordosis and I have been doing my exercises 5 days a week (should be 7, I know…). These are to stretch my hip flexors, strengthen my glutes and core. I’m also working on a few other areas, including my hamstrings which are made of wood apparently.
Is it working? It’s too early to say and I’m not getting my hopes up. I’m going to keep going up to the Triple and reassess after. Two years ago when I attempted the same event, I swore I would never put myself through that level of pain again, but I never listen to anyone…