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Thursday, May 29, 2008

Performance spandex makes cycling a great workout for the endogeneity of your self esteem.
Blame it on the cool-guy culture in action sports. But doing physical therapy makes me feel like a tool. I'm fine with running, swimming, or playing soccer. I'll even find a high five free zone (usually somewhere away from the mirrors) at the gym to stay in shape during the off season. But most of skiing's most common injuries -- sprained ankles, bruised heels, bum knees, etc. -- reduce the range of allowable physical activities to cycling.

Aerodynamic helmet, check. Skin-tight, silver singlet, check. US Postal Service jersey, check. Silly-looking sunglasses, check. I think that I look enough like an idiot to start today's PT session. Skiers more concerned about staying at all times scene-adherent can limp to the gym in baggy sweat pants and saddle up a stationary bike for their rehab sessions. But they miss out on fresh air, sunshine, speed, and reminders that it doesn't matter what other people think that can only come from going out in public wearing wooden clogs and a high school wrestling uniform.

Besides, it can get lamer. Much lamer. My physical therapist told me that, in this stage of my recovery from a dislocated hip, I needed to focus on proprioception. Excited about a chance to get off the bike, I bought a BOSU Balance Trainer which came with a workout DVD. What the hell? Why not check it out? The video below is roughly what I saw -- and the reason to "not check it out."

Balance ball training is fun, and really important. But videos like these keep me looking over my shoulder to make sure that none of my friends are around. How can I keep my balance while doing that? Maybe that's part of the training.