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When injury is holding you back from cycling

September 18th, 2014

Hi everyone… I just wanted to share some experiences I have had over the past few months from injury to depression to recovery to getting back in to riding to another injury, etc…

For anyone who does not know me very well, I have been off the bike since August 3rd with a back injury. I had a collapsed disc injury back in January 2013 that I will have to live with for life.  My L5 disc spacing is deteriorating and will never get better.  The ortho doctor told me I will have to live with this for the rest of my life.  He told me it will happen again, and it will be painful.  He did not recommend surgery though, because the pain is not a daily nuisance in my life.  I had ‘another incident’ and the pain was horrible enough to keep me off the bike and go to physical therapy 2x a week.  But, unless I’m living with the pain daily, he recommends I just keep doing what I’m doing.

We, as athletes or fitness buffs (whatever you choose to call yourselves), are not used to being sidelined.  I was extremely depressed during my injury and was in such severe pain that just walking from my couch to the kitchen took every ounce of my energy. I literally looked like a 100 year old woman, taking baby steps because the pain was so terrible.  I can honestly say I never wish any of you this type of pain.  That being said… the depression and sadness I experienced was spiraling and I never thought I’d be able to ride again (yes, I am that dramatic!)  But it’s true!  Unless it happens to you, you have no idea what it feels like and how devastating it is to your mental state.

That being said… flash forward to a week ago, and I am finally getting the doc’s orders to come back on the bike… slowly.  I rode both Tuesday and Thursday night social rides last week.  I rode slowly and only rode for 20 - 25 miles each time. For any of us who bicycle all the time, that’s easy!!  Well, I felt great until Friday.  My back is fine, but now my left knee is back to giving me problems and again, I’m being told to stay off the bike for a little by my physical therapist.

I am going to the ortho doctor again next week to discuss next steps in my knee recovery, but for now I thought I would share with you my frustrations.  It’s really hard for active people to sit along the sidelines and not be involved, to not be able to just jump on the bike and ride, ride, ride till my heart’s content.  But, for the long-term benefit, I am following doctors orders.

Please, if there’s anything I’ve learned from this experience is this… make sure you take good care of your bodies.  I bicycled for more than 6 years and never stretched before or after my rides.  I ate well, I did circuit training, etc… but I never added stretching to my workout.  Please make sure you take the time to stretch a few times a week.  I know many of you have touted yoga, and I am working that into my weekly routine… although it’s not one of my favorite things, I feel I will grow to like it more as it does give me a feeling of inner peace.

I’m sorry if I’ve been out of the peloton and unavailable… I know some of you have been keeping in touch. But for those of you who didn’t know… now you do.  This injury had really gotten to me this time, and until I can get my knee in good shape, I’m afraid I won’t be able to take the lead and help as much as I have in the past.  I’m counting on all of you to use the website to communicate with each other, since I may not be able to send out messages as frequently as in the past.

Thanks for listening everyone… and please… keep pedaling!  Just work in some stretching, core exercises and strength training.  Add some dimensions to your cycling routines and hopefully you won’t have the issues I’ve been dealing with.

–Lisa

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Las Vegas Valley Bicycle Club presents… North Las Vegas Century

August 16th, 2014

Las Vegas Valley Bicycle Club is proud to present the North Las Vegas Century.

There’s a new ride in town… and one that you will want to mark on your calendar, because it’s the first inaugural year, and I have a feeling it will be around for years to come.  The North Las Vegas Century presented by the Las Vegas Valley Bicycle Club. For those of you who are not familiar with the Las Vegas Valley Bicycle Club (LVVBC), they have a long history in our cycling community. They’ve been a long-time advocate for cycling in our town, and were co-hosts with the RTC for the original Las Vegas Century ride, which eventually turned into the Viva Bike Vegas. The club started in 1989 and they’ve been a staple in our cycling community hosting rides, events and advocating our love of two wheels since. For more information on the club, visit their website at lasvegasbikeclub.org.

Fast forward now to 2014, and thanks to the LVVBC we have another great local event.  The North Las Vegas Century which benefits the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network and Eagle Quest of Nevada.

DATE OF EVENT:  SATURDAY OCTOBER 18th, 2014

Ride Options:

There’s something for everyone in this event, from family fun to non-competitive long distance endurance rides:

  • 100 Mile Century
  • 60 Mile Metric Century
  • 25 Mile Route
  • 1 Mile Family Fun Ride

Cost to register increases as the date gets closer, so you’ll want to register now to save money.

  • All distances are $80/rider between August 16, 2014 and September 15, 2014
  • All distances are $95/rider after September 15, 2014

All distances include full ride support, well-stocked rest stops, lunch, finisher’s medallion, and a ride T-Shirt.  There is also a raffle drawing at the event. Each registration includes 1 raffle ticket. Additional raffle tickets can be purchased at the event.

I’m very excited for the LVVBC and this new event they created.  I think it’s going to be a winner, and I hope you’ll join me in supporting this local club’s ride which benefits everyone from you the rider, to the charities that will receive a donation, to the organization that created it.

BONUS CONTEST:  Want to win a FREE Registration into this event?
The LVVBC gave me 2 registrations to giveaway. Post a comment below and you’ll be entered into a random drawing.  Enter before 8/30/14.  Winners will be picked at random on or around 8/31/14
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To register or for more information on the North Las Vegas Century 2014, visit the event website:
http://www.northlasvegascentury.org

For more information on the Las Vegas Valley Bicycle Club, visit their website at:
http://www.lasvegasbikeclub.org

North Las Vegas Century presented by the Las Vegas Valley Bicycle Club

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Interbike Customer Appreciation Day 9/12/14

August 13th, 2014

Interbike Consumer Day Exclusive Discount Offer

INTERBIKE CONSUMER DAY IS FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 12th 2014
Mandalay Bay Convention Center
9:00am - 4:00pm PST.

Interbike isn’t just a trade show, it’s a cycling industry experience! For those of you who aren’t familiar with Interbike, it’s an exclusive event for bicycle manufacturers, retailers, non-profit organizations, and cycling media.  It used to be that if you weren’t one of these organizations, you couldn’t attend Interbike. That has changed…

Starting last year, Interbike opened their show to bicycling consumers for 1 day during the week-long event. Regular, every day bike consumers are able to see, hear and feel, all of what is Interbike.  It truly is an experience if you’ve never gone before.

This year is the second year and it’s going to be bigger and better!

HOW CAN YOU ATTEND?

We are fortunate enough to have been given the BEST price in town to enter Consumer Day.  Thanks to the Interbike organizers, BLV members can attend for only $10!!  That’s a 50% discount from the price at the door.

USE THIS LINK TO REGISTER FOR INTERBIKE CUSTOMER APPRECIATION DAY FOR ONLY $10!
http://registration3.experientevent.com/showibk141/default.aspx?flowcode=rcu&source=vegas14

INTERBIKE CONSUMER DAY - FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 12th 2014
Mandalay Bay Convention Center   9:00am - 4:00pm PST.

If you love cycling and all the fun gear, nutritional products, newest bike designs and more…
you will be blown away by this event, that’s my promise to you.

Register for only $10 using this special BLV Interbike link here:
http://registration3.experientevent.com/showibk141/default.aspx?flowcode=rcu&source=vegas14

I plan on being there… if you plan on attending, comment below and we can get a group together to meet up the morning of the event to experience this fun day.

See you at Interbike!

–Written by

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