Yesterday I rode the stationary bike for 40 minutes, did a bunch of PT and weight training, and then I biked all around town. I drove my car to the shop, then biked from there to work, then to a Good Friday service, then to lunch with friends, then back to the car repair shop. Hilly, yet entertaining. However, the road biking does irritate my piriformis a bit, so I decided to do an extra day of cross-training. So, it was off to the gym again this morning for 40 min of elliptical and 35 min of stationary biking.
I think I need another ART session - it just feels like everything is tightening up again. I bought a medicine ball tonight to roll out my piriformis at home (seems to work better than the foam roller), and that helps. I plan to call for another ART appointment first thing Monday morning.
In other news, I decided to re-commit to getting back to racing weight. I signed up on stickk.com for some reinforcement. Basically, I have agreed to pay my friend Gisela $10 each week if I don't lose at least 0.5 lb each week for the next 12 weeks (it's cumulative, so if I lose more one week and less the next that is OK, as long as I remain on target). If I do lose the 0.5lb per week, I owe her nothing, and at the end of the 12 weeks I plan to reward myself with a couple new racewalking shorts/skorts from Athleta.
Maybe this sounds like a crazy/drastic idea, but I think it's going to be very helpful. I read about it in a book that Gisela recommended, called "Willpower" by Roy Baumeister. It's got a lot of great ideas that reflect the latest psychology research on exercising one's willpower, and I've found it quite interesting and practical. Now it's time to put those ideas into action.