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Bike touring while injured: Healing muscles with a 3,500km ride

Posted by on January 3rd, 2012 3 Comments

After numerous visits to a sports Doctor, a physiotherapist and several means of imaging while in British Columbia, I was given a clear diagnosis and told I did not have any permanent or lasting muscle or bone damage in my hips, groin or legs. I had pulled three muscles on my left side – the groin, the abductor (runs down the inside of the leg to the knee) and the abdominal muscle – or what is known as the sport triad. Apparently, this type of injury is not too common among cyclists, as cycling doesn’t usually involve sudden lunging movements like one might see in soccer or hockey. So it is hard to explain how I managed to find myself with this diagnosis, seeing as I was quite comfortable on my bike after three months of touring leading up to my injury.

November 15 2011 DSC 6137 548x346 Bike touring while injured: Healing muscles with a 3,500km ride

Riding down the California coastline

Most likely, it all goes back to being born with a condition known as hip dysplasia. To resolve this issue, as a child I was placed in a leg/hip brace, which was a common remedy 30 years ago, but is no longer used today due to further complications that usually surface when the patient reaches their late twenties. Seems like that timing is spot on, eh? Not really all that funny, though.

I starting having numerous hip, pelvis, and knee problems between pregnancies, and during my pregnancy and recovery with Harper, and I visited several different physiotherapists to try to find a solution. It wasn’t until Harper turned one that I found a method that relieved the pain I was experiencing both on and off the bike. During a visit with Scott Hadley, a physical therapist based in Michigan, before we took off on a two-week tour of that state last year, I discovered that my left hip was not rotating properly, and that there were three areas in my left leg that were very tender to the touch – around my lower calf muscle, my abductor and the muscle on the outside of my hip. Scott demonstrated how I could give myself a deep tissue massage in these areas with the use of a rolling pin to help release the build up of lactic acid in these muscles. When the lactic acid is released, receptors near the sore spots tell my brain to rotate my hip properly and relieve the pain immediately. I took a makeshift rolling pin along on that tour last fall, and did the rolling exercises several times a day with great success. The relief lasted longer and longer with each rolling, and when my pain completely subsided, I slowly discontinued the exercises.

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Escape from Rawlins, Wyoming

Posted by on August 28th, 2011 4 Comments

If you’ve been following us on Facebook or Twitter you already know we’re on the move again on another form of transport – the train! But first, lets go back and cover our escape from Rawlins, Wyoming.

Rawlins is a dry, treeless, and horribly windy town along Interstate 80 in southern Wyoming. We discovered quickly that it was not a place we wanted to be for very long. However, we were stuck there until we heard back from our travel insurance – and believe me – we were quite literally stranded! The closest town with a rental car available was 120 miles away, we had no option to bike there and there was no public transit. Our only choice was to hitch a ride to rent a vehicle in order to relocate to a more hospitable area.

So, we hung out in Rawlins for five days waiting for our travel insurance to review the doctor’s paper work regarding Heidi’s hernia. Hoping for the green light to get a quick surgery in Wyoming, we were disappointed to eventually hear that Heidi would need to return to Ontario for the procedure, as it was not deemed an emergency. We would be thrown back into the provincial health care system, where the typical wait for an operation of this kind is six months! Recognizing that waiting that long would effectively terminate our travel by bicycle, we called up the Shouldice Hospital in Toronto who specialize in hernia repairs. Thankfully they were able to schedule Heidi in for an operation in mid-September. That date was still a month down the road, and accounting for a few weeks of post-surgery recovery, we had to come to terms with being off the bikes until at least early October.

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Twists and Turns

Posted by on August 10th, 2011 38 Comments

August 07 2011 DSC 3576 548x362 Twists and Turns

It wasn’t until the Doctor delivered the news that I felt my eyes sting, then well up with tears. Even though the diagnosis was no surprise, a myriad of emotions flooded me – relief, anger, guilt, sorrow. I knew the bike tour as we knew it would have to be suspended until my full recovery. I didn’t want to see the disappointment in Reuben’s eyes.

The first symptoms started two weeks prior. While walking around our campsite I felt a distant yet familiar pain in my left groin area. It disappeared and didn’t reoccur again – until 5 days later when I had a big sneeze. An intense pain shot through my lower abdomen and lasted for about 30 seconds before fading. I knew immediately what the cause was, but was hoping for the best and very much in denial of my condition. We continued on our bikes and decided not to see a Doctor during our rest in Steamboat Springs, CO.

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