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Getting Old SUCKS. Bad Feet, Shoulders and Vertigo.

February 2006. My first motorcycle trip from San Francisco to Los Angeles on my trusty Ninja 250. 

February 2006. My first motorcycle trip from San Francisco to Los Angeles on my trusty Ninja 250. 

It's been a painful last couple of months. Haven't been riding much and I feel completely out of it. 

A couple months ago I decided to visit a Podiatrist to see about my left foot. I have this painful bump on the top of my foot which I thought was a bunion. Nope, turns out it's probably a ganglion cyst. And turns out I have terrible foot issues that cause me to walk uneven and as a result puts undue pressure on the nerve inside the ganglion cyst. I also have a really high instep so that's not making the situation any better. It's already hard for me to find shoes to fit my feet into, let alone additional pressure on the top of my foot that makes it feel even worse.

Generally, I have to find shoes that aren't too tight around my ankles because of this. 

Good times. This makes wearing my motorcycle boots for 10+ hours a day difficult unless I wear them really really loose which isn't going to work either. So I did a little bit of physical therapy for my foot which has helped a bit, but hasn't completely resolved the cyst issue. I think I need to go back to the Podiatrist soon. 

Next on the list, is my right shoulder. I went to the Ortho the other day and I likely have Bursitis. I haven't done any long rides recently but it's hard to say whether it'll be affected by that. I basically need to keep working on strengthening my shoulder muscles (which I've been working on for almost 5 months now with Crossfit. LOVE IT. Shoutout to Fearless in Philly!) I'll probably need physical therapy too. 

Ok, what else? Oh doh, the main reason I wasn't riding last month is because I had a terrible case of Vertigo. Turns out my blood pressure is so low (~95-100/70) that it caused dizziness and lightheadedness. It took a few weeks, but my head finally came back to normal. The weather was pristine here in Philly too (low 70s) and I totally missed it. Now we're into high 50s, low 60s but I still want to try and go riding this weekend. 

I had several issues with dizzyness/lightheadedness in the past 5-7 years where I would feel that way for 2-3 weeks at a time and I never figured out what it was. My blood pressure has always read below ~120 so I suspect this is it. The solution per my doctor is drink lots of water (which I'm doing, going through about 60oz every day) and more salt in my diet! I'm totally ok with that, because I have a Savory Tooth. 

Chili Cheese Fries at  Tony Lukes . Their cheesesteaks are amazing too!

Chili Cheese Fries at Tony Lukes. Their cheesesteaks are amazing too!

Episode 5, MotoGP, Adventure, and Maintenance – Oh My!

The 5th episode of our podcast is up and running! In this episode we discuss adventure bikes, cool/stylish leather jackets with protection and why you should watch MotoGP. 

http://moterrific.com/2013/04/08/episode-5-motogp-adventure-and-maintenance-oh-my/

If you've never listened to a podcast before, it's easy. You can even listen on your fancy phone! Just find our show in iTunes as "Moterrific Podcast" or on the Stitcher app on your iPhone/Android. 

Vanson Women's Motorcycle Jacket

vanson leather motorcycle jackets drifter lady womens

 

The Drifter Lady. I had to take this pic of myself, but you can see a full pic here.

I'm totally in love with this. It's offered in Wonder Woman red and blue. But there's something about the black one that I am absolutely obsessed with! The fit is great and you can add soft armor or TPro with some velcro. This would make the perfect jacket around town, or commuting in nice weather. I may need to save up for this one. 

Besides Vanson's website, you can find it at your friendly local dealer, Scuderia West :) (for less than msrp!)