Taking care of your body

When we think of taking care of our body, we think of rest, rehydrate and recover. Get out the foam roller, trigger point balls and any other object to release those tight muscles and relax the body.

Two weeks tomorrow will be 7 years since I had my right ankle operated on. I created so much damage of the years of playing soccer that it was finally time to repair my years of fun. I pedaled 150 miles in my very first bikeMS ride from from Quincy to Provincetown, with my ankle taped for support, and many tears in my eyes! But I did what I set out to do, then let my body recover after. But my recovery post surgery was cut short due to job transfer and I wasn’t able to continue with my physical therapist.

Fast forward to 2 weeks ago Monday. I was picking my dad up at PT to do some things with him and I was chatting it up with one of my therapists from 7 years ago (PTSMC all love the Bubbs family!). Emily started talking to me about dry needling (if it was anything like a tattoo I’ve got this). That Thursday the needling began. We tested out 6 points. I had state 3 with Dayle that weekend and I definitely could feel the start of a difference.

Last week, Emily went to town on my entire right leg. Monday I couldn’t walk when she was finished. I felt like I had a completely dead leg. No strength, tight muscles, a very uncomfortable feeling. It actually made me feel pretty sick to my stomach the pain I was feeling. I woke up Tuesday and still felt the pain so went for a lot of walks to just move those muscles around. Wednesday morning I headed back to Tyler English Fitness to train as my leg had all of its mobility back and the muscles finally had movement in them again!

Went back that Wednesday after training in the am for more. Not really sure why I voluntarily just go back! Except each time parts of my muscles just keep getting better. My leg was so tight and jacked up feeling from years of cycling and continuing to train that it was time to take care of it. This time after I went for some baby walks to keep the muscles going, I got in some Epsom salt and soaked to help heal those muscles with some heat. Smartest idea I had! Thursday went to TEF and had an amazing workout!

And then came yesterday! Kristen had the privilege of working on me. First, every therapist no matter what has different techniques. What Emily was doing clearly had been working for me. But I truly believe the combo of the way these two work I’m going to be a completely new woman. Well my leg will be new feeling! I tread water in the pool after. Walked back and forth, did anything to keep my leg completely going under water. I was in too much pain out of water, but submerged 👌🏼

Here I am sitting on a foam roller writing this post, and thinking 🤔 where was needling before now?! It hurts I’m not going to lie. It’s an uncomfortable awkward weird feeling you get. But you know when you get that feeling that they hit the right spot and are treating it. My leg is still very tight, but think about it, it’s an entire leg they are treating, not just one localized spot. Most people don’t get “attacked” in this many locations at one time! But I highly highly recommend dry needling as a treatment.

Dayle and I promised ourselves that after every ride, we would spend time stretching and foam rolling. Now for CCG, it’s get back, down our protein, shower, and hit the massage table right away… and sign up for VIP massages this year too since we deserve it! But I want it to be known how excited I am to have Cherie working on me in less than 2 weeks. Once a year I get this! I’m having another needling session next Wednesday and Cherie at the end of day 1! That combo is perfect.

Take care of your body no matter what sport you are participating in. I put off this treatment for too many years and created more work for my therapists on it. It’s a process especially with certain muscles in the leg. Treat your body with respect. Drink lots of water, take time to do nothing for 30 minutes here and there a day, soak if you can once a week, and get massages, especially if you are doing endurance sports! There’s no one to blame but yourself. I take the blame for my leg, but with the miles ahead I need to do something now to feel stronger in the long run!

check out how many different muscles our legs actually have! And they all work together

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State #3 completed! Rhode Island ✔️

We showed up at University of Rhode Island prompt at 4pm for check in. It’s always great showing up to a ride within your own chapter and seeing all the familiar faces. Robin and her crew always make you feel like you are home and taken care of that’s for sure.

We finally found our way to the dorm, headed to the 5 floor, walked around the entire floor and got to the corner “apartment”, 520. We walked in, and there we were standing in our eating area/kitchen. Dayle and I scored a suite for the weekend living college life! Thanks Lauren! We each had our own bathroom/shower and own room!

We were starving so we headed up to the hill to the restaurant and stores. Had Thai food, grabbed a bubble tea (and some big straws for me to replace the ones I grabbed last year with the Mills!) and went into CVS to get us breakfast foods and water. Unfortunately now we were on a hunt for bananas! We stopped in ever store in the center then headed out to a market for last resort!

Saturday morning, day 1. Both of us woke up extra early, but we’re both still not feeling it. But we were here and going to ride. Options were 35,75,100… we rode 50! We crossed the finish line and no one was around. Don’t think they assumed that people would be back that fast 🤦🏻‍♀️ so we headed to room, showered and came back down for massage, pictures, lunch and head out.

We headed to Warwick to check out bike shops and yummies on the water! Even got to test ride an electric bike the one thing I was mostly looking forward to at Ride the Rhode was the candlelight ceremony. I was so happy to have Dayle there with me, and looking forward to have her and more teammates together up in Maine in August for it! It truly makes you remember why you are there. It reminded us just 3 states in why we are being activists on this journey for MS. then I got a great surprise! A childhood friend from home, well one of my brothers friends, came by to visit us. I haven’t seen Stefanie in forever. But thanks to Facebook we have never fell out of touch! There’s something really special with having someone visit while you are traveling. Lauren in Texas, and Stefanie in RI. (My parents at finish line in CT – and they will be there in MA at the CCG and Dayle’s parents are riding with us).

Sunday morning rolled around and it was day 2 ride time… 40 miles, shower and get out of there. That was the game plan. sorry this post is boring! I didn’t want to forget another day, but I had my leg needled today and I’m so out of it!

Of course Dayle and I celebrated state 3!

we are going to start talking about a lot more than just what happens on a weekend. Like nutrition throughout the week, clothing, training, life stigmas etc. if there’s something you want us to talk about let us know!

Ps! Pre order opens on June 22!

State #2…. Connecticut

the bandana completed its 2 state… and the names are growing. Please send us your champion so we can carry them with us.

CT ride was lots of fun. We got to ride with Adam Noga and Jon Steppic (Road Dawgs) it was great to have our Sponsor there with us, owner of Southbridge Bicycles. Never thought we’d actually get to pedal 50 miles with them! And let me tell you, Jon’s slingshot was kind of amazing! Michael you’ll have to do that for me at CCG ok!

post ride we had quite the adventure the 4 of us. Piled in to the Southbridge van with 3 tents, 4 tables, 4 bikes, 2 people and lots of beer, wine and food… well…. sums it up right there!

Made it back to my place and we celebrated at the pool. It was a perfect end to the day. Confirmed, we will be having a team ride and pool party before the summer is over (well Jon decided!)

3 days and we head to Rhode Island for Ride the Rhode – state #3! Looking forward to seeing the water on this ride!!

Xo D and R

Corks for MS

we did it… although it wasn’t what we were hoping for, we gained so much out of the inaugural event. We look forward to growing it over the years.

First and foremost thank you so much to our amazing sponsors! Thank you Matt for agreeing to host the event and Kevin for all the hard work and energy that you put into making it a success, and the rest of the Maximum Beverage team!

Who all had those amazing bacon wrapped Brussel sprouts?! Yum! Pam thank you so much for representing Popovers! Next time no peeling eggs!

Burgundy wine red velvet?! Blueberry macarons! 😋 make a trip to the Cake Gypsy to try all the other amazing sweet treats, Deanna pulls new things out of her sleeve all the time!

A huge thank you goes out to my second family, the Brel’s. They have been supporting my efforts for all 7 years of raising funds to fightMS. But this year blew me away! Especially those yummy salmon crudités! Thank you to the awesome chefs at Juniper HomeCare.

To all of our wine vendors – thank you! We look forward to many more events in the future together! A special extra thank you to Lauren and 90+, your continued support means so much to us. As a long time sponsor of Team Velox Rota, we cannot thank you enough! Especially providing all of the wine for the silent auction items as well!!

And thank you to our huge list of donors for auction and raffle prizes. Your dedication to the fight means a lot!

Friends, family and good people that came to taste wine to fight MS, you rock, you are our rock! Without you the event would have been a flop! See you at the next one!

If you didn’t see the awesome story Ronni wrote about us in check it out!

It’s Podcast Day!!

Happy Friday! May came and went so fast, right?! No MS rides in May, but we bounced back from the flu, got some training rides in, and are officially ready for the Corks for MS Fundraiser and the Praxair off the Chain ride in Windsor CT this weekend (State #2- yay!). Wine and bourbon tasting tickets are still available for Saturday! Hint Hint!  That link will take you right where you need to go!

By far the coolest thing we did in May was a few weeks ago when we ventured out to UCONN to spend some time with Peddlin’ Ron and Fran on WHUS Bicycle Talk. It just dropped on iTunes today, so check it out and share with friends. You can also tune in to WHUS or listen on WHUS.ORG.

It was definitely a first for us; lots of rules like no swearing, no prices/money, no call to action, etc so we were super careful at first with answers (ok, I was super careful- ha) but toward the end our extroverted selves were shining through (i.e. FYI – Skratch is great when you have the flu). Still can’t believe I said that. Oh wait- yes I totally can! It was great to tell our story, highlight the work we are doing for MS, and to just talk about bikes and cycling in general.

A huge shoutout and thank you to Ron and Fran for making us feel welcome and letting us share our story and what we are setting out to do! Give it a listen and spread the word!

See you in Connecticut!



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We told you there is always an adventure to our journey… we came up with a great name yesterday, failed to write it down, and now we don’t remember what it was! Lots to share in this one!! 😊

Saturday we had grand visions of banging out a 50-miler. We rolled out at 9am with a temperature of 90 degrees. We had plenty of Skratch on hand to carry us through.

Our plans quickly changed when I experienced my first tubeless-flat. Thank God for Jon at Southbridge Bicycles. We talked it through first with Jon on the phone and were able to get back to my place leaving is at a 26.5 miler. With the heat we were ok with that. My good friend came by and showed Dayle and I how to get the tubeless tire off, sealed, changed, and tire back on. In the heat- what a workout. In a weird way we were glad it happened because now we know what to do when it happens again.

With the flat behind us, it was time to get the raffle and silent auction prizes together for our fundraiser Corks for MS (quick plug- it’s next weekend, tickets still available!). Lots of running around to get tablecloths, baskets, gift bags, and putting it all together.

There were a few minutes where it was touch and go, but in the end we got it done and celebrated with heavy pours of Rose while listening to the recording of our visit to Pedalin Ron’s Bicycle Talk Radio Show. We’ll share the link with you soon. It was great to share our story with Ron and Fran. They’re the best! The podcast is on iTunes…check out prior episodes!

Sunday morning we got up early and cranked through the Murph workout PLUS 50 burpees. Savage.

As a reward, we got our brunch on at Blue Plate Kitchen (BPK). Nom nom nom….

Happy Memorial Day Weekend to you all! See you next weekend for the fundraiser and State #2, Connecticut! 😘