Thursday, June 26, 2008


Photo by Aaron Schwartsbard at

The physical therapist has cleared me to start biking 10 miles, easy pedaling, quick cadence. No gear-mashing, hills OK if I can keep my cadence easy.

She also said, when I asked her, that the International Distance at SavageMan might be possible, especially since I was past the International distances on bike and run when I stopped with the injury.

She's using a therapy modality called ASTYM, "Agressive Soft Tissue Mobilization." She scrapes the hard edge of a hard plastic plate over my skin, and as it "bumps" over areas of fibrosis and scar tissue lumps, it breaks them up. Then stretching (I do specifically-prescribed stretches 4 times a day) helps to re-organize the damaged tissue fibers into smooth straight alignment as they heal. It's supposed to work faster and better than other therapy modalities on chronic injuries.

It also hurts. Youch. Not excruciating, but I'd say a 7 on a scale of 10.

Pushups today: 15, 13, 10, 10, then max, at least 15, which was all I was able to squeeze out. Total of 63! I found this challenging but was able to make it. So I guess on Sunday I'll be on to Week Two, since I hit no major stumbling blocks in Week One.

Sarah had a doctor's appointment today. She weighed 7 lbs. 15 oz. at birth; today, at 5 weeks 3 days, she weighs 11 lbs. 9 oz. Doc said, "I guess we don't have to worry about her getting enough to eat." She's had nothing but Mommy's milk since birth.

I've got a sore mouth. Yesterday, for no apparent reason, I walked right smack into a glass door instead of opening it. Smacked my mouth good, chipping a crown and knocking it a little out of line, said crown having been placed after I ran into a pole at age 10 and broke my tooth off. There's no live tooth there now.... had a root canal after the break, and a silver peg was installed to which to attach the crown. Anyway, the surrounding tissue is really sore now. I'm eating on the other side of my mouth, which is difficult, since it's a front tooth. Since there's no live tooth, I'm waiting to see if the soreness dissipates over some time. Hope I don't need dental work, since our insurance doesn't cover it.


Flo said...

My chiro does that with my plantar only he uses metal tools called Gaston tools. Talk about pain!! But it only lasts while he's doing it, after it's just sore for a while.

ShirleyPerly said...

On my! That looks sound painful! But that'd be really cool if you could still do the Oly.

Hope the tooth is OK. I once smacked into a wall really hard and bent my nose good. Sometimes I think I should wear a helmet or something even when not riding a bike, LOL.

Jeff said...

Glad to hear you're cleared to bike and I hope the PT goes well.

Sorry to hear about your tooth! Hope you feel better soon.

Jade Lady said...

Love the bounding deer photo!

Gosh, hope you're doing ok, after that smack into the door...that must have hurt!