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.”


Two weeks in…

Two weeks in and I feel like I’m making some progress.

The diet part is easy and yet not.  I just got back from a weekend in Vegas.  Even though I packed healthy snacks and brought my Ultrameal and Blender Bottle, my intentions and what I really ate fell short.  Even though I can order something healthier off the menu, making food in the hotel room was a hassle.

I have made myself work a bit harder with planning meals and making sure I have a good variety of healthy food in my fridge.  I am not a huge fan of breakfast, so it isn’t easy to plan the protein, fat and carbohydrate…

The workouts have been fun and make me feel like I’m working hard for the scheduled hour.

I haven’t been as good with pulling out the meditation CD.  I have taken a couple minutes here and there while waiting for something to sit back close my eyes and take a few deep breaths.  I have been making an effort to give myself a little bit of R&R time that I haven’t been able to get around to in months… reading before bed.  Even though work is getting busier and busier I feel that along with some good food, more exercise, I’m feeling more motivated.

The chiropractic adjustments have helped my right leg that I’ve favored for three years now since running and hiking injuries summer of 2009.  Dr Jim has shown me how my range of motion is improving.  I also noticed, that it seems my circulation in my toes has improved…

The improvements with that bum leg can definitely be attributed to the myo therapy work as well.  I discovered how tight my IT band has become, along with my hip flexor.  While the ‘massage’ isn’t relaxing with ocean sounds playing in the background, I find it becoming less painful and more tolerable over the past two weeks.  I am putting more weight on my right leg without it feeling so off balance, and I think the improvements with that leg will allow me to get the most out of the workouts…


Staci: Week 1 of 8ww

I’m half way through the first week of 8ww.  I’m excited for the program, but can’t quite say I’ve got it all down 100%.

This week has been busy with work and errands making it hard to keep up with the nutrition and workout part.

I relaxed for my first time on day #3 for the meditation component.  I relax easily so that was no problem.

I also got my first adjustment today on day #4.  I got to see my new x-rays, which showed that I sit in a desk more than I am on my feet and active.  My spine and hips don’t have the same alignment that I had 7 years ago.  I’m also going to try to take a better focus on my posture.  I don’t think it’s that bad, but when I’m tired of sitting at my desk I think I start sliding further and further under it.

The group workouts have been good.  I am always more motivated if I know the others who I am at the gym with.

I also had my first myo treatment, and let me tell you, I didn’t know or expect that my IT band and hip flexors were so tight.  I make my way through the treatment alright, but will definitely be pulling the foam roller out of my closet!

All in all I think this is going to be baby steps to get everything up to 100%.  I thought perhaps I’d be able to get everything under my belt within a few days but diet and exercise certainly need a lot of planning and scheduling to get done!