Thursday, February 16, 2012

three things thursday

1. The first thing has got to be ow.  Lots of strange things have been happening to my legs since my appointment last week - first it seemed like it was healing, then I had a perfectly good long run, then some weird calf pain came back, then my knee felt like it was 8 times bigger than it should be, more collapsing leg, all kinds of fun stuff.  I plunked that hot mess on the desk of the fabulous Dr. Paul, and from that he deduced that my posterior chain is just real pissed.  (Note: any medical information told to me goes through the cheese grater of my ability to remember so it's possible that this is all wrong.)  My solaris muscle (one of the hamstrings, apparently there are many) was really tight and pulling on my knee from the top, and my calf was a giant mess of inflammation-turned-clumpy-scarlike-tissue that was actually glueing my two calf muscles together and yanking on my knee from the back.  So that's the recipe for collapsing leg, in case you are trying to make it at home.  


Anyhow, out came the giant metal toothbrush.  The solaris gave in pretty easily, but I think that the re-separating of my calf muscles might nudge out the shins for the most painful Graston session yet.  It essentially felt like someone used a knife to slice open my skin, poured salt and gasoline in the wound, set it on fire, and then rubbed it up and down for about 10 minutes with a handsaw.  This is the first time I've actually tried to use my safe word ("stop") in a session.  When he was done, my magical collapsing leg had fled, though, so I'll take it.  I generally don't bruise from these sessions but I'm sporting a sick black-and-blue from this one.  He recommended an Epsom salt bath (I did it although I have no idea what it is supposed to do), lots of ice and stretching and I go back in tomorrow for another round.  I'll try to keep the blood-curdling shrieks to a minimum this time.


2. I decided to balance my desire to lay in bed eating spinach and blueberries and grapefruit all week with a night out with some of my favorite girls.  Despite the fact that several of them have blogs of their own, I somehow managed to escape without a single picture being taken of my food, our table, or the group shot where we are all leaning over weirdly and have the flash reflecting off of our foreheads.  I had a blast and was able to sneak in some good-for-recovery foods (limes, tomatoes, beans) and did not even one time have to hold up my fingers to show how miles I ran that morning.  I continued to behave like a responsible athlete by climbing directly into the Epsom salt bath when I got home, showing admirable restraint by only eating one two most a few of the chocolates from the 70%-off day-after box that the poet picked up after my frantic pre-dinner phone call from the sold-out CVS in Dupont Circle.  


3. The bike refit I did a few weeks ago is almost perfectly good.  My shoulder pain is staying away, but something was done to my saddle that means the seam of my bike shorts is now perfectly aligned between my sit bones and the edge of the saddle.  I've never had saddle problems before - only one instance of having a sore lanced and that was from wearing old chamois-fraying shorts - and I'm not interested in starting now, so I might be tootling back to the shop today or tomorrow to get things adjusted yet again.  But I'm wondering, lady friends, if it's not so much the position of the saddle but the shape.  I've tried multiple pairs of shorts and the chamois seam seems to ride constantly in the same place, which makes me think that maybe the back of my saddle is either slightly too wide or slightly too narrow.  Before I was refit, I was constantly sliding back on my saddle, which I was told was because it was too far forward.  Now that the saddle is in the correct place, I'm wondering if maybe it's not right for me.  I really don't want to set fire to any more cash in the name of triathlon, and I'm more inclined to pursue the fit route before I pursue the expensive new-saddle route, but if you've had similar sit-bones/seam/saddle issues, I'd love to hear about it.  My current saddle is whatever came on the QR - some kind of Adamo.


Happy Thursday friends!  Let's talk us some crotch.

24 comments:

  1. Wait, you *tried* to use your safe word? So it didn't work and he kept on with the torture? PS The Egyptian Magician never gave me a safe word. Figures.

    Hooray for Happy Hour! I am now deeply regretting the loaded nachos, though.

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  2. It is amazing how much PT work/sports-related bodywork sounds like S&M. I will stop there.

    Also, you must have forgotten if there is not a photo of you holding up fingers to show how many miles you ran, the run did not really happen.

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  3. I have a QR Tequilo tri bike. While I'm new to a tri bike, I just absolutely cannot get comfortable on the saddle. I think part of it is being new to the aero position, and the fit may not be just right for me, but I googled my bike and everyone complained that the cheap saddle that came with that model is terrible and uncomfortable. I hate to spend for a new saddle too, but it kinda turns me off riding if I can't get comfortable, or I'm sore for days after. I'm wondering if it's a common problem with QRs.

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  4. I like all the tech speak in thing 1 and everything about thing 2... and I have no advice for thing 3 - it sounds like a whole other language when I hear bike-speak.

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  5. Hi! I found your blog off of Jon's site. I have a CD.01 as well (a pink cammo one - heh) and I did not like the Adamo saddle. For me, it was more of a sit bone issue than a crotch issue. I wound up swapping it out for a Specialized Jett Expert saddle. It's been great! Happy Training!

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  6. Hmm, I scoot back on the saddle because of pressure on the front bits, but I never have rubbing/saddle issues elsewhere. Is it so bad to have your saddle a bit forward and then scoot back to a comfortable position?

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  7. I cringe when I so much as see the word "graston" in black and white. I hate that stupid tool. I've used the "s" word (well, several of them actually) when going through graston, so you're in good company. And for the love of God - when you go back tomorrow, bring vodka. It'll help dull the pain.

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  8. the description of your visits just makes me cringe. EEEK

    umm, funny you should mention saddles-specifically Adamo-I'm in the market for one.
    While I don't have any advice for you on the saddle fit, I can tell you I suffered some asschafe of my own last week from a rather long & sweaty session on the bike but this was from a sideways seam on new shorts. I know that doesn't help you at all butt....lol

    Hope you get it all figured out soon!

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  9. So far I'm only commuting on my bike, not training, and my sit bones already hate me. I'm curious if it's a getting-used-to-biking thing, or a my-ass-bones-are-misshapen-thing. Anyways, good luck with your ass!

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  10. oh - i love girl blogs that talk crotch and saddle issues!

    The adamo takes some getting used to - even if this is not a new saddle for you, the new position means you have to get used to the damn thing all over again.

    do you always use chamois butter (or whatever brand you prefer), even on the trainer? (sweaty trainer rides are evil culprits of special saddle circumstances...) and even for short rides?

    the adamo for me is a little too wide and i was GREATLY relieved when my bike fitter suggested zip-tying the two bars to pull them in a little closer and narrowed the nose a bit. huge relief... I use two zip ties, and you have pull hard (requires use of pliers to get them tight enough).

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    1. I've heard the zip-tie trick a few times now, I think I'm going to try it - thanks for the tip! I use hoo haa ride glide every time I ride, it's woooonderful.

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  11. Fact: discounted candy tastes best!

    Gahhh that session sounds painful, but glad it is helping. I think I'm due for one myself. My calves are all kinds of tight and tugging this way & that.

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  12. You running for the metro was one of my favorite parts of last night. Good form!

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  13. You're recap about the Graston just gave me PTSD! EEK!!!

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  14. I also have the standard Adamo on my CD.01. I rode it for a month in serious pain and when I started researching other options I came across a fair bit of info noting most people were "doing it wrong." Apparently, you're supposed to roll your pelvis forward to such a point that you're sitting on the soft tissue and your sitbones are essentially barely in contact with the saddle and in the air behind you. Awkward at first, and it takes some time for the ladybits up front to get used to the pressure, but it seems to have done the trick- especially in aero. Worth a shot before you shell out more money on a new saddle. Good luck!

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    1. yuppp...I think I'm going to give it a few more weeks before I give in. thanks for the tip!

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  15. I have had ART done on my calf before and its SO FREAKING PAINFUL. Also bruised from it. Ow ow ow... but it does wonders! Hope yours is back to normal very soon.

    My nutritionist when I first trained for a marathon told us to take Epsom baths because it has magnesium in it which is a muscle relaxer... she also had us taking magnesium supplements (with something else too) before bed. I think?

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  16. When I got to my CVS last night it was also sold out of the good candy. So sad.

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  17. I have an Adamo seat, and I really like it. Took some getting used to, but I find it to be really comfortable now. And my lady parts seem to stay happy.

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  18. yay! cooter talk in blog land! i have a few friends who LOVE the ISM saddle but i am not a serious enough biker to invest in that yet. (See, I say "biker" and not cyclist. Noob.)

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  19. If it makes you feel any better, I wound up with my first saddle sore of the season the other day. Totally my fault, the bike shorts should have gone in the trash.

    The bike shorts do make a big difference though. I have two pair of LG shorts that I bought at the end of the season last year (approx $50 for 1 pair and $75 for the other). The $75 ones are WAY better. My main thing that is better is that there is only a single seam in the crotch versus the 2 seams I have on all my other shorts. Sort of hard to describe, but less seams = happy crotch.

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  20. I read posts about crotch discomfort and saddle sores and whatnot, and my brain goes: "WHY THE HELL ARE YOU TRYING TO CYCLE, AGAIN?"

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  21. I'm sorry your leggies aren't participating. I do love me some Epsom salt baths though. Meb does the, somI copied him. I mean, he's an Olympian and has won a few marathons so maybe he knows something. It's supposed to help with swelling and inflammation. Unless you drinki it, then it makes you poop. So be carefs not to drink your bath water. NO MATTER HOW TEMPING THAT IS.

    Crotch talk. I got fitted today. Ah, yes, always fun to share with the cute guy fitter about what is poking you in the crotch. Fun times.

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