So first things first; humpty dumpty is pieced back together!! Well at least good enough to give 2012 a crack. I am still stiff in my back at times, but the work Dr. Barbara Brown at the Balance Health Care Center has been doing is nothing short of remarkable. Dr. Brown focuses on an innovative technique called Matrix Repatterning, an innovative technique that I am 100% bought into both in theory, and now in practice. A little word on what it is:
- Matrix Repatterning™ is a process of detecting and releasing significant tension patterns within the tissues of the body. These patterns are created primarily by forceful injuries to our body structure, like car accidents or big falls, or from scar tissue resulting from surgery or injury. Due to the network of connective support tissue throughout the body, one area of strain can transmit strain to multiple sites. These sites, under this stress, can then manifest symptoms such as repetitive irritation of joints, chronic muscle tension, dysfunction of organs and simply local tenderness on the surface of the body structure. Simply put, the body is in a state of imbalance. Practitioners of this technique seek to find and release the primary sources of strain, thus releasing all the compensatory changes and allowing the body to return to normal.
After three visits with Barb I feel really amazing. Really freed up. If we take the theory behind her practice, add in the bike crashes and the rugby collisions, and the vicious contusion to my tail bone in rugby it really does add up to why my lower disc is a problem. She really freed up some areas and I am grateful.
I also wish to thank Dr. Scott Howitt at Sports Performance Centers. Dr. Scott and I met in Kona in 2003 and I have trusted his advice and services ever since. He has a mind for fixing sport pain and a way with the acupuncture that really calms my intensity. He is also a nutritionist and marathon runner so, he gets it.
Second, given the new found freedom to move; well I've been training! The past 18 days I have been able to get in a good block of training. My running will come as I build the long runs but pretty pleased to report yesterday's 25KM run was easier than the Monday before 25KM run! I did these runs on a Monday with the long weekend and various work commitments etc. They will probably move back to either Thursday nights or Sunday afternoons in my next block.
I am in a recovery week from today, Tuesday, thru to Sunday where I get my first hit out of the tri season racing John Salt's Multisport Canada Woodstock Ontario triathlon. It is a short and sweet 750M swim; 30K bike; 7.5K run triathlon. Perfect to test the fitness and get the season started.
From there my race consists of racing Multisport Canada's Binbrook triathlon June 9th, and then their Welland Half Ironman June 24th. From there Meredith and I will hit Lake Placid NY for a 4.5 day tear the door of the hinges tri camp. And finally, my last triathlon before Ironman Canada on August 26th will be the Toronto Triathlon Festival Olympic distance race July 22.
It feels great to get things heading back in the right direction.
Hopefully next blog I can bring you all up to speed on some of the community events I am getting involved with alongside the bike team.
Till next time, thanks for checking in and stay safe out there!!