three things thursday

1. Two weeks ago, I had my first Graston treatment on my psoas/iliacus.  For about the past week and a half, my sacrum has been falling out of alignment much more often, going from 4-5x a week (still a lot) to at least once and usually twice a day, but sometimes as often as 5 times.  And until yesterday, I didn't put these two pieces of information together, but now that I have, here's what I think happened (Back off, man, I'm a scientist).  My tight piriformis used to be holding my sacrum down, and when that loosened up, my psoas/hip flexor started holding it in place.  Now that my right hip flexor is completely calm - and trust me, I never thought this day would come - there is NOTHING holding it in place.  It makes complete sense, but until I put these pieces of information together, it was really smoking my bananas.  On Tuesday morning, I felt it move out of alignment while I was doing planks at the gym.  Come on, now, PLANKS!  Planks are strengthening the muscles that are supposed to be holding it in place!

So I guess we can call this progress, but really it's just a right turn on the road out of injury only to discover I still have a giant mountain to climb.  I can feel that there is nothing holding that part of my back in place right now, and trust me, it's seriously weird.  I talked to my PT about it yesterday, and he has been fabulous and brought me so far over the past 2 months, but he's completely stumped about how to make my sacrum stop falling out of place all the time.  He said that my core is really strong and should be holding it in place, and is mystified as to why it's not.  Part of it is due to the fact that I'm hyper-mobile, which means all my ligaments are looser than they should be, and part of it is just that my body seems to be some kind of fucking science project that no one can completely figure out.  He did think that maybe my insanely tight adductors might be throwing something off, so I got those Graston'd, and let me just tell you, everything else I've ever done in PT has been a walk in the park compared to that.  At this point, I'm just going to keep working on making my core and glutes even stronger and we're both hoping that he has a 3am "EUREKA!" moment in the next few days.  I am thinking about traveling back out to see Dr. Maggs for a second opinion, because I completely forgot to ask him about the alignment thing last week and while I totally trust my PT and think he's awesome, sometimes it's just good to get another set of hands on your busted ass.

2. I talked to my coach earlier in the week and he recommended a few days off for my naggy shin, so I've been off until this morning, where I ran 15 minutes off the bike.  It's at the point right now where I can't tell if I'm feeling a slight ache or if I'm just feeling the ghost of an ache (or if it's just aching because I keep poking it to see if it's aching), but I've been living in my compression socks and icing pretty regularly, which seems to be helping.  It felt completely fine on the run, so I'll probably do another 15 minutes over the weekend and see where I'm at.  

3. I've started looking at TT bikes just in time to realize that all the bike makers are going to change everything for the 2012 lineup.  Last week Beth and I went out to Bonzai Sports to try a few things, and I was completely shocked to be comfortable on a TT bike.  I was expecting to hate it, but once I got used to "Am I steering or am I drunk?" it was actually pretty sweet.  After thinking about it, I realized that I spend a lot of time in my drops on my road bike and I'm really comfortable and happy there, and it's roughly the same thing, except with shoulder support.  I wouldn't ride something new for Poconos because it's too close (and because from what I hear of the course, I'll want to be on my road bike), but if I'm going to ride a TT next June, I'll need to buy it in time to put about 3-4K miles on it before race day.  
Yes, it does say "Then I showed up" on my ass.  The front of the shirt says, "You had your chance."

So now I'm just biding my time until 2012's hit the stores and I've dug enough pennies from the couch cushions to be able to afford it.  I think the best plan is to not even consider something until after October 2 - that way I'm not tempted to ride it.

Happy Thursday, everyone!


  1. I would like to see more blog posts featuring close-up photos of your butt

  2. I'm glad graston is working - I think it's working for me too (just maybe not as fast as I would like)!

    I also want a TT bike (BAD!) but don't have any room for it. We already have 5 bikes in our 1 bedroom condo, ha! Guess I'll have to wait until I get a house :)

  3. 1. You could have just asked me from the beginning because I CLEARLY know how to fix you. Genius is never recognized in its own time.

    2. Stop pressing on the shin. Definitely stop hitting it with a hammer. It'll be fine :)

    3. Mmmm, bikes! I don't want to wait until October, but I want to try the 2012 models. Stupid bike manufacturers.

  4. I love the shin update because I do the exact same thing. Is it hurting or am I just imagining it hurting? It seems okay, but if I stand on that leg for a while does it start to hurt? Let me poke it for a while and see if that hurts. I'll test it out by jumping around on it... hahaha

  5. I love that shirt!

    Explain this 2012 bike thing to me. Are you waiting for the 2011 models to go on sale? Or do you want the latest model?

  6. Someone should write a paper on your sacrum. It could feature the close-ups Victoria is requesting. It could also feature pictures of you sitting on the microwave or whatever Beth recommended.

  7. 1. I would definitely get a second opinion. Not that your PT isn't awesome, but maybe another PT has encountered someone else with your unique problems.
    2. I still press my shin all the time to test for stress fractures (13 months after healing). I think that is a totally legitimate way to self-diagnose :)
    3. Can't wait to see you get a shiny new bike!

  8. Do you need me to help you stay in alignment again when we see each other in August? Yes, that sounded dirty on purpose.

    In other news, I'm so psyched to read your blog throughout your long IM training period!

  9. i'm beginning to think it's a miracle that i can ever get through a run: i'm pretty sure i don't even have a sacrum. graston sounds like hell. good luck.

  10. what is graston-ing? never heard of it. I never understand half the stuff you're talking about with PT.

  11. ooo i like multiple sets of hands on my busted ass too. wait. was that outloud?

    glad you are going to see maggs again. i agree it is best to look at everything together. running injuries seem to often be a combo of ish.

    i also love the shirt. and i want you to know that my ride on sunday was the first time i've ever ridden in the drops. now you see why i can't go to a 1/2 IM yet?

  12. ahhhh graston :( I know the pain! Getting it on your adductors would be terrible!

    I'm also really jealous of that gorgeous bike you're on.

  13. ahhhh, i cant wait to vicariously TT bike shop thru you. one day....yes, one day!

  14. Um, 3 to 4 THOUSAND miles? Have mercy!

  15. So this is the non cyclist in me, but what the hell is a TT bike? I should probably Google that shiz asap.

  16. Page, I think it's Time Trial.

    Loving the t-shirt.

  17. Sorry the damn thing keeps moving around.
    BTW, I may have a friend with a used tri bike who may be looking to sell ... will ask her.


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