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Sleep Matters, Especially when You don’t Get Much. What I Thought was a Gimmick Pillow Pays Off. Big.

My wife bought me one of those pricey contoured gel/foam pillows last week. 

I’m not big into gimmicks.  You know, like 29er’s, front shocks or dual suspension mountain bikes.  Or how about those silly hydraulic brakes?  We didn’t need any of that crap when I was a kid. 

I do have a 29er with a beefy front shock and hydraulic brakes and it is good.  Riding a 29er is obviously a little heavier but compared to my 26 it feels like riding a limo.  If a limo felt awesome over gnarly trails.  Which a limo doesn’t, but if it did.  Shocks?  Not even a real question.  Hydraulic disc brakes?  The only people on the planet who think hydraulic disc brakes aren’t spectacularly better than rim (or mechanical disc) brakes are those who haven’t ridden a bike with hydraulic disc brakes.

So I gave this pillow a try, expecting nothing special.  This gel and foam contoured monstrosity.  Stupid gimmi…

I haven’t slept better.  I actually wake up in the middle of the night for my old man pee and can’t wait to climb back into bed.  I actually slept till 5 this morning. I might sleep in two or three times a year.

Not only have I been sleeping better, I’ve been waking up without having to take five minutes to get the joints all moving and ready for action. I’m dealing with significantly fewer creaks and reduced soreness. Significantly fewer aches and pains.

Look, I’ve been sleeping on the same type of pillow since I was knee-high to a grasshopper and I’d never have guessed a pillow would matter all that much. It did. A lot.


I liked it so much my wife went out and bought one as well – and she is experiencing the same enjoyable results.

Now I’m sure there will be plenty of folks out there who would or do hate this pillow and at full price, they’re anything but cheap, the risk might not be worth it. We purchased ours on sale at Kohl’s though, and for what we paid for them, they were worth the risk.

Add the fact that the risk paid off and in hindsight I’d have paid full price for the pillow in a heartbeat had I known they’d perform as well as they do.

Unlike the copper laced clothing which was originally billed as a help to blood flow and is now relegated in ads as “odor protection” to avoid litigation (presumably for false advertising), the contoured gel foam pillows do give my wife and I better, deeper, more comfortable sleep.

If you have a tough time getting moving in the morning, one of these contour pillows might be the answer. They’re doing wonders for my wife and I.

Sick of the Cold….

I rode yesterday.  Road bikes.  Dammit it was cold.  Below freezing, yet again. 

Today’s high will just barely crack freezing.  It’s going to be another cold one.  Riding is up in the air though… we’ve got snow barreling down on us from the north.  Not much, apparently, but snow nonetheless.  If anything, we might put some time in on the mountain bikes.

I hate having to get bundled up in three layers just to keep from freezing.  I’m tired of it. 

If course, this is better than what’s coming tomorrow.  Snow and rain, so it’ll be an hour or two chilling on the trainer.  I’m tired of that damned thing too. 

I get this way every year.  I’m itchy to sweat – but not because I screwed up and overdressed.  March came in like a lion and went out like a tyrannosaurus rex.  It’s snowed more days so far in April than it didn’t.  If we get one or two days with some snow, in April, it’s a rarity.  Five or six of eight is just nuts.

We’re close though.  This time next week we should be riding in knee warmers and arm warmers.  If we wait till the afternoon to ride (not likely) we could conceivably end up in short sleeves and shorts. 

Whatever is in store for us this weekend, the end of winter is near and I go from looking forward to being done with a ride to tacking on extra miles because I’m not ready to be done.  I can’t wait.  I need some warmth and sunshine. 

I’ll get my saddle time in with this crap.  I won’t like it, but I’ll do it because saddle time beats the alternative; working twice as hard as my friends to catch up.