Amazing Adjustments

For a long time, I wasn’t one for chiropractic adjustments. But a few months ago, I woke up with a kink in my neck and I went to see Lisa at LifeSport Chiropractic to fix it. It felt so good after she fixed it, I started seeing her for regular adjustments. Its been a few months and I have to say, I feel FABULOUS!!! I can’t believe what difference it has made. My neck and shoulders feel so much more open and free.  I feel better during my workouts.

One of the cool things about Lisa is that she not only does amazing adjustments, she also gives exercises and stretches to help alleviate the symptoms that I have. She’s not just setting me up to keep coming back time and time again, she’s helping to set me right permanently.

One day after seeing her, I felt so good, I wanted to take a few pics and show you what a difference it has made. The top 2 shots are what felt comfortable before the adjustments (How I would stand naturally). The bottom 2 photos are how I felt like standing after the adjustments.

If you haven’t tried chiropractic work out yet, I highly recommend it! Its done wonders for me! Seriously! If you are in the Boulder area, give Lisa a shout at LifeSport Chiropractic.



Feelin The Flow, Ridin The Bull… I Mean Bike

Like most professional triathletes and cyclists, I spend exorbitant amounts of time on the bike. With copious hours spent building calluses on my gluteus maximus, you can really feel when something is even the slightest bit out of whack anywhere on the bike. A few degrees off here, slightly misaligned over there and after 4 hours in the saddle its a pretty big deal. To get my gear dialed in, I usually just make minor adjustments until everything feels pretty good. But since I have Alta as a sponsor now, I thought I’d stop in to see Mike Kohm and have him do a quick bike fit to help put the finishing touches on my position and boy did it make a big difference!

We started out by using a laser to check the overall alignment of my bike. We discovered that after I had cleaned my bike earlier that week, I had misaligned several key things. The handlebars/stem and saddle were slightly off. If you looked at them without the laser they didn’t look too bad, but with the laser it was pretty obvious what was going on. Then Mike used the laser to check a few more things…

After playing with the laser for a while, we adjusted the cleats. These were new pedals/cleats and shoes that I was trying out, so there was a bit to work on. It was quite a process, but in the end everything feels great! Originally I was getting some slight numbness on the outside of my right foot prior to Mike’s adjustments, but afterwards it was totally gone! I was also getting a slight bit of pain in my left knee after about 2 hours or so in the saddle. The day after Mike’s tweeks to my cleats, I rode for nearly 3 hours completely pain free.

The final modification of the day was the hoods on the handle bars. Turns out that the right one was slihgtly lower than the left one. By leveling them out, it helped to releive some of the work that my back has to do to keep me straight and even in the cockpit. We also rotated the bars back just a little and WOW! Just a few degrees difference and I could feel it big time!

There were several other things that Mike checked (seat height, back angle, etc), but I had got those almost spot on myself, so we didn’t have to adjust them. I couldn’t believe that in less than 2 hours we made just a few minor adjustments that now make each and every ride so much more enjoyable! I thought things felt good before, but now…



Ford Facebook Videos

In October, I went out to Kona to watch the Hawaii Ironman and to prep for the XTERRA World Championship. While I was out there hanging out at the Timex booth,  Ford asked me to answer a few questions that they got from people on their Facebook page about the new 2011 Ford Explorer. Well you can imagine that I jumped up and down yelling YES YES YES!!! (my typical answer for things I like).  This was what came of it…




Humpty Dumpty Sat on a Wall…

…Humpty Dumpty had a great fall, All the Kings horses and all the Kings men, Couldn’t put Humpty Dumpty back together again. Well they just didn’t have the right people, but I do!

I’m really excited to have signed a new sponsor for 2011 – Alta Physical Therapy & Pilates.  I’m fired up to be working with them on several different levels. They will not only help me with any injuries I have, but we will also be doing what I like to call “pre-hab.” Rather than waiting til you are injured and have to do re-hab, do preventative work first to stop the injury from ever happening in the first place. Being able to train day in and day out without having to slow down or reign things back because of injury is paramount. Working with the PT’s at Alta, I will (knock on wood), stay injury free all season and be able to Rock the Casbah!

I had my first session with Mike Kohm at Alta on Monday. We started with a Selective Functional Movement Assessment. SFMA for short, is a comprehensive assessment that classifies movement patterns. This system helps the clinician recognize meaningful impairments and integrate the current best evidence (manual therapy and therapeutic exercise) for treating musculoskeletal conditions. It is designed to target and identify dysfunctional movement patterns. So what does all that mean?

It means, they run a short series of tests to find weaknesses and imbalances in your body. You then are given some exercises to help correct these dysfunctional movement patterns. That way they can get your body firing on all 16 cylinders (I like to pretend I’m a Bugatti Veyron), so that when you are in full on training, you are less likely to get injured.

Right now I am in the early stages of training for the 2011 season (8 days in), so I’m feeling pretty good and am completely injury free  (which I hope lasts a long time). As the season continues to progress and little twinges develop or don’t develop, I’ll document all the treatment and things we do to fix them and prevent more in the future.