Monday, January 30, 2012

Flash back.

 Borrowing the Flash-back theme from Elbry these photos have come to light. A trip to the whitewater kayaing paradise of Val Sesia in Peidmont Northern Italy from back in 2006. My second trip out there.

Part of the team l-r Ewart, Mike, Simon, Roger. At the put in for the middle Semenza. a long grade 4/5 section with some hard drops and tight lines. Amzing clear water and smooth granite bed rock.

 Lower Semenza Gorge. Run in conjunction it makes for solid 4-5 hr trip the forst time down. get used to inspecting from the bank

 Roger hits the boof.

You may have seen this before. The last drop on the lower Sorba. This was my 28th birthday.

Very last rapid for the Semenzino (little Semenza). The Upper reaches of the Semenza are even steeper than the middle. The highlight of the area.

Gronda Race course at a fair bit more than "tourist flows"

 Flying! Its not normally brown but very clear. Ace!

Sorba Slides. Walk back up and run them again and again.

 Some where in Switzerland, possibly the Ribo or the Cannabino?

 The Ribo canyon. Opps, ran the portage blind by accident resulting in a bit of action for the others trying to replicate my sucsessful line. Despite not swiming myself I bought the beers that day.

Verscaca, Ticino Switzerland just across the boarder from Piedmont. Amazing rock formations with lots of marble streaks running through it. Back out there this year for the 4th time. Including a DJ set at the val Sesia river festival. My 2nd internatioanl booking. Sweet!

Friday, January 13, 2012

Off the bike, on with life.

Well what do ya know? The Docs know some stuff, enough to tell to get off my bike. Most likely permanently.
What started out as a what I thought was a tight hamstring from too much riding actually turned out to be two herniated discs in my spine. L1 and L5 to be exact. (down the lower end.) Caused most probably by a big impact. No recollection of a crash that hurt my back but I've had a fair few crashes!  Lots of Physio, MRI scans, Consultants etc and its is a no go for riding. The exploded discs press on my S1 nerve which comes out the base of the spine and down the left leg. Pressing on the nerve inflames it and then you cant bend, walk, sit or do just about any thing.  Had a  nerve root block injection( massive needle into a very small hole in my spine.left me feeling like I had been hit by a crow bar in the back) in the middle of December which has improved things greatly. More mobility and much much less lower back pain.  The bikes have been put away for now. It may heal itself in time (how long know one can tell me for sure, or  if it will either). Kayaking is still good to go and a nice warm and wet winter has seen more action than expected. The broken collar bone, ( did I mention that?) is feeling ok too.
So fitness, well after a very long summer djing and drinking beer (oh, its a tuff life) fitness is not at an optimum.
Oddly the docs have said that running will be ok for my back. So I'm gonna be out running the same trails I used to ride. Try not to hit me if you see me!

                             Scan of my back. The slanty yellow line runs through the popped disc.

 Thankfully Elbry over at Vandal is continuing to support me for the watery stuff so we will keep shit flying over to the Vandal blog as it happens.

 See you on the trails.