Driving Back to Winter/Gent-Wevelgem/KU Basketball

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Yesterday we spent the morning touring Louisville with our friends Karl and Stacie, then headed back to Topeka early afternoon. We went to the Kentucky Science Center and saw the Body Worlds exhibition and then watched an IMAX movie on the body. After that we headed over to the river and walked on a new pedestrian bridge that spans the Ohio River. The weird part about the bridge is that it is open on the Kentucky side and not finished on the Indiana side, so it is a dead end.

Driving back, we needed to make haste because an early spring snow storm was moving toward Northeast Kansas. We really didn’t stop and pretty much only ate jelly beans and drank coffee the whole way home. It started raining pretty good when we nearly got to Columbia Missouri and by the time we got to Kansas City, it was a full on blizzard. We were driving in the Honda Insight and it is so light that it doesn’t like going super fast in the snow. It didn’t matter because we got stuck behind the plows in Lawrence, so only drove 35 mph most of the way home on the Interstate.

I just went out and got the paper and there is about 8 inches of wet snow on the ground right now. Of course that would be the case the first day that I am near a bike and have the okay to try to ride some. It’s been over 6 weeks since I last rode outside, so what’s another day?

I’ve been messing with my shoulder, kneading it some and realize that a lot of the issues I’m having is the scars I have at the 5 holes cut through the muscle for the arthroscopic tools. These are not insignificant holes. The scars are deep and thick. I’m figuring if I can get these scars under control, my arm is going to work a bunch better. I’m still not really sleeping much, so I’m anxious for my shoulder to get better because training and not sleeping really doesn’t work very well.

One Kansas basketball team is already in the Sweet Sixteen. Wichita State pretty much schooled Gonzaga the last 3 minutes of the game and deserved the win. Kansas is playing late this afternoon against North Carolina. If they don’t play better than Friday, they are not going to be playing any more basketball after today. Hopefully they show up today.

I’m thinking about heading down to Austin the next couple days. The weather looks bad here and it is really not that far of a drive. My friend Ann got a new puppy and her other dog, Stanley, is feeling a little blue. Bromont could fix that in a second, since Stanley and Bromont are such good buddies.

So, sports spectating is the plan today. First Gent-Wevelgem in about an hour. Click here for the links. You could watch some of the Criterium International too if you don’t get enough bike racing. Here are some links. Then KU basketball later this afternoon. I’m going to ride inside for a while in between and hopefully get a couple more hours sleep. Guess that is kind of a full day using my present scale.

Karl, Trudi, B-man, me and Stacie at the new pedestrian bridge in Louisville.

Karl, Trudi, B-man, me and Stacie at the new pedestrian bridge in Louisville.

Here's pretty much the position that Don Walker was in the last 3 hours I was with him.  He cooked up a super great shrimp pasta dinner and then made incredible omelets on Saturday morning.

Here’s pretty much the position that Don Walker was in the last 3 hours I was with him. He cooked up a super great shrimp pasta dinner and then made incredible omelets on Saturday morning.

This is an example of the Body World show.  It wasn't nearly as gruesome as you might imagine.

This is an example of the Body World show. It wasn’t nearly as gruesome as you might imagine.

I'm not sure about the accuracy of all the information.  I'm pretty sure that isn't where the sciatic nerve is.

I’m not sure about the accuracy of all the information. I’m pretty sure that isn’t where the sciatic nerve is.

The new pedestrian bridge in Louisville.  It is an old railroad bridge converted.

The new pedestrian bridge in Louisville. It is an old railroad bridge converted.

They did a very nice job.

They did a very nice job.

This barge was traveling up the river when we were walking.  It is incredible how much weight one boat can move up a river.

This barge was traveling up the river when we were walking. It is incredible how much weight one boat can move up a river.

I would like to catch a ride on one of these sometime.

I would like to catch a ride on one of these sometime.

This is the Interstate highway near Topeka.  Nothing plowed, just snow.

This is the Interstate highway near Topeka. Nothing plowed, just snow.

The Insight this morning.  Lots of shoveling to do today.

The Insight this morning. Lots of shoveling to do today.

7 thoughts on “Driving Back to Winter/Gent-Wevelgem/KU Basketball

  1. Calvin Jones

    The “Body World” show is something every coach and every athlete should see, together when possible. Seeing beneath the veil of skin (and fat) provides, I find, a better appreciation and understanding of the mortal engine.

     
  2. e carter

    Might be worth looking into active release therapy for your scar tissue. I had a gunshot wound though my entire calf, which locked the associated muscle tissue together when it healed leaving me with little movement. Mark DeJohn of Active Therapeutics in Bend did three or four sessions on it, and afterwards I had full range of motion and have had no pain since. Worked for me.

     
  3. John

    You’re right Steve. That is the femoral nerve. Kind of sad they go through all that effort to make a nice presentation and mislabel something any 1st year med student would recognize right away.

    Ditto on the Active Release Technique (ART). Marty Decourcey (sp?) is a chiropractor in KC I have seen. He takes care of all the Chiefs/Royals players. Super knowledgeable and good. Made a huge difference for me. Can get a little pricey because insurance will not pay for it.

     
  4. josh

    Eric….so let’s hear the story about the gunshot. Forget the healing part. ‘You had me at gunshot’:)

     
  5. devin

    Granted my shoulder is/was not as jacked as yours,, but sure is taking long to not hurt anymore, and sleep is tough.. Feel ok on the road and next week on the MTB should be a good test.. Got some of that Kinesio tape and I am going to play with that.. Will be staying with my fater-in-law who is a retired orthopedic surgeon hope he has some ideas.. Heal up Steve and get out on your bike!!

     
  6. e carter

    The healing part is way more interesting. I dropped an old 22 pistol, went in by my ankle, come out under my knee on the other side. Had a scar through my calf like a big chief pencil. ART broke up the scar tissue. I would gain mobility w each session, and it stayed mobile. Money well spent. wished I wouldn’t have used my name now…..

     

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