Last weekend we celebrated Little Chick’s birthday out at the Hyatt Lost Pines resort where I spent hours floating round and round the lazy river. I am obsessed! For a manmade, bugless, troutless river, this really can’t be beat. Anything but lazy, I went into Texas Water Safari training-mode and swam against the current. What a workout! Believe me, I was a tired little steelhead after two days of that.
The best part? I finally got some exercise and back pain relief. I would do anything to get a lazy river installed in my back yard. As a weak substitute, I am going to try and replicate the low-impact water workout in a regular ole cement pond. A pool. Yawnsville. Oh how I miss the lazy river! Think my doctor would prescribe it as physical therapy and the Hyatt would let me come out and “rehabilitate” for free? Maybe I could offer casting clinics in the lazy river to earn my keep.
Regardless, I am undeterred in my campaign to heal my back, and I think swimming is a viable course of action, even if it has to be in a boring old pool. Hey, I am trying anything & everything here. I did take the wretched steroids for eight brutal days. While they definitely helped the back/leg pain, they pretty much made me feel like I was a puffer fish that had been sucking on an air-hose for a week.
I’ve also invested in a topnotch office chair to help my back; placed a kitchen timer on my desk to ensure I get up and stretch every 45 minutes, raised my computer monitor to be at ideal ergonomic height, and purchased a Fitball. I ice my back with this funky gelpack twice daily, and think this Biofreeze product might actually work a teeny bit.
Have you ever heard of KT Tape? It has been highly recommended so I bought some — in pink, but of course. So we’ll see how KT Tape feels on two airplanes tomorrow. I have no clue how this stuff works but man, people swear by it!
As you can see I am taking this back thing quite seriously. At this point, it’s actually the pain radiating down my leg that is the most annoying.
But it is finally starting to feel better. And none too soon, as I head back to Montana tomorrow for a few days of fishing, rowing, and general lollygagging. We don’t have any set plans, which is divine. We might fish the Beaverhead or the Big Hole, either of which would instantly eclipse the heartache I have for the lazy river. We’ll probably watch some college football. Maybe check out the Fly Fishing Festival in Ennis. Who knows…either way it’s my last hoorah for a trout/food/vino combo before the real water safari training begins this fall.
Spoiler alert: On September 14th I am starting a Cleanse. Egads. I don’t precisely know what is going to be involved, but apparently I am going to feel incredible afterwards. Details to follow. Anyone care to do it with me?