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My Bad Back, and the Damndest Cause of a Mess of Pain…


August 2019

I’ve written extensively over the last several years of my bad back. Before running it was really bad. While I ran it was manageable. Since I started cycling, fantastic has been the best word for it.

A couple of months ago I started having problems at work. I could do my job, but too many hours on my feet hurt. Bad.

I started stretching a few times a day. That helped a lot but it flummoxed me that I was having so much trouble. I figured it’d work itself out over time.

Yesterday morning, on the way to the office, my back started bugging me. I took an ibuprofen and that dented the pain, but the reason eluded me… and not knowing was like a giant splinter in my melon. I kept picking at it.

After work, back in my car and the pain came roaring back. It drove me nuts. I mile down the road and I was trying to play with my seat angle and I bumped the lumbar support button. The bar in the seat moved back. It should have been all the way back already. I pushed the button again. The lumbar support moved back another two inches. I’d been commuting four hours a day with that stupid thing wrecking my back for the better part of two months. No wonder I’d been sluggish!

And, just like that, my pain went away. I managed almost 20-mph (19.7) with Chuck over 19.7 of my 24 miles last night. I haven’t had a desire to be that fast in months. I’m sure it’ll take a week to fully recover, but I feel a mountain better this morning. I feel like me again. What a relief! Here I thought I was riding too much, or maybe I had done something unspeakably wrong to the Trek’s setup! Whew!

So, you may wonder how this could have happened… my daughter started driving and she has to adjust the seat to reach the pedals. She simply hit the wrong button.


  1. Hazards of parenthood 😀 Praying your back pain continues to heal.

  2. Sandra says:

    omg, wouldn’t it be awesome if every fix for injury was as simple as this? Congratulations for figuring it out ! Hope you continue to have happy pain-free days!

    • bgddyjim says:

      Thanks! Yes, that would be AWESOME. I feel a lot better today but I’m still sore. I imagine it’ll take a week before everything works out. We’ll see.

  3. Sheree says:

    At least you’ve resolved the issue painlessly!

  4. Manu Stanley says:

    Be careful about the back, brother. Given the fact that you ride a road-bike, it would add more stress on the lower back (my understanding). Please take care! 🙂

    • bgddyjim says:

      Actually, the aggressive posture I ride in helped my back immensely. I just had a stupid bar pressing into my spine for two months(ish). That’s what messed me up. I think I’m good, now. Thanks, brother.

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