Rediscovering “The Why” The MS Ride 50 Mile

Staci pre MS Ride

Goal complete! This past weekend I accomplished a goal I set out for back in the springtime when I wrote about setting up a bicycle workstation.  In the past three months, using skills learned in the 8WW program, I fought my way through a sedentary work-lifestyle habits.  I started feeling stir crazy for a rewarding athletic accomplishment, and started looking into benefit, organized, bike rides, and thought the MS Ride in Colorado would allow some training to reach the goal.

Since getting my road biked in 2011, I would head out for 15-25 miles, but never really called myself a cyclist.  Upon completing 8WW in 2012, I experienced how just by improving my health and fitness level with the 8WW program, my beginning mountain biking improved.

My longest ride on the road prior to the MS Ride, was sub 30 miles.  But I had spent some time during the workdays on my trainer, and on uphills on my mountain bike, building up endurance, and adding some fun cardio workouts to my routine.

I’ve made a better habit to drink enough water whether or not I have a workout scheduled.  When I was journaling my 8WW experience, I struggled to reach my recommended water intake per day.  The day of the MS Ride however, I was well hydrated, and kept hydrated throughout the ride.

Early on, and most frequently when I would start a ride on the trainer, I would feel like my right hip seized up, leaving a sharp pain, that prevented me from pedaling until I had stretched it out.  A couple adjustments, and some stretching assignments was able to work out these muscles (which were probably trained to hold together while sitting at a computer).  And through the regular riding, stretching, and chiropractic adjustments, this pain and most of the pain from my right hip, thigh, and knee have dissipated.

Thanks to Kambeitz Chiropractic Health and Wellness Center P.C.’s doctors, trainers, massage therapists, and staff for their encouragement and insights for me to accomplish my next set of goals.

My victories range from completing a distance I had never before ridden, finding a cardio activity that I enjoy, keeping fueled up to adequately finisht the ride, and resetting my “why.”

Thanks!