Lorrie has applied her elbow "smackdown" and all of her nominal weight to the evil and debilitating muscle knot the size of a fat Milwaukee bratwurst. She got me with "The Stick", a rolling pin, a foam roller, golf ball, ice, heat, Biofreeze, Bengay, a bag of peas, and her foot. (Gosh my wife is great!) I was able to tough it out last week and run, bike (and ski) every day- mostly thanks to Lorrie putting a beating on me nightly. You know I'm in pain when my voice gets scratchy. Everyone noticed that my voice was scratchy; but I just smiled thru it. I have a trick to removing pain but I'll make you e-mail me if you want to know how I do it- some trade secrets must remain secrets.
Last night I visited my embassador of muscles Dan McKenzie. Dan is the Chicago Wolves Hockey Team physical therapist and deep tissue massage guy. Dan is like no other and best in the Chicago area...I drive 90 minutes each way to see Dan. So a typical drive to and from Dan is 3 hrs + in the car and the treatment time (90 minutes normally). Dan was working on my back and when he hit the muscle knot I felt it in my shoulder, neck and lower leg - not good. "Hey Bob, you might have noticed that your back is pretty tight." No shit Dan? "I suppose I'll get this outta here. No extra charge for the pain" What a guy huh? Dan hit the muscle knot and my ability to breath immedately left me. What was once involuntarty was now a forced voluntary effort. Gee, thanks.
Fast forward to this morning. I was significantly better (no pain for the first time in two weeks). I'll elect to do a double workout tonight versus a morning workout and evening workout to be safer.