For whatever reason, from being just behind me when we left the railway station last night, Cathy disappeared and took about 45 minutes to get home from when I arrived. Turns out she decided it would be easier to walk home than cycle, so returned to the station, locked her bike and plodded home.
Very odd, takes all sorts etc. and I could have tried to find her when I realised she’d gone missing but experience told me I’d be hunting for years and I needed to sleep so I left her to whatever she was up to. Walking, mainly.
Which gave me a good excuse for a recovery run to collect her bike. A double excuse, in fact, since I could also visit the hire depot and pay for the tower I’d hired to sort out the tv aerial. So I did just that.
A slower run to Ashford, stop to pay, collect bike, cycle home. And little detail gives a chance to review my Trion:Z bracelet thing which I’ve been wearing for a couple of months now.
Being approached for a review of a product that is difficult to categorize is an odd thing but since the most I had to lose was nothing, also a good thing. The website and numerous research articles state claim and counter claim regarding alternative therapies but nothing can prove or disprove something quite like a trial run (as it were!) to gauge benefits or drawbacks.
And, quite simply, I see no drawbacks. In black and red, my band looks quite natty and since (apart from clothes to allow me to carry out whatever I’m doing practically and tidily) I wear nothing about my person more than a pair of glasses to see and a watch to tell the time, having something to break up my otherwise naked arm is quite an odd view. But one I like.
I started to wear it just as my foot was on the way to recovery. Whether or not it assisted recovery (possible if claims of increased bloodflow are good) is open to science and debate. It also coincided with a big increase in cycling mileage. The one thing I can state is that I have managed to increase running and cycling in decent increments without pain, suffering, unduly long recovery periods or problems. Maybe the bracelet works as advertised.
I noted other bloggers wondering if their improved times were due to the bracelet helping or whether it was a coincidence with the spring, some warm sunshine and increased activity. Maybe the bracelet is a placebo that, along with the right physiological input and mindset, allows achievement of deserved goals.
Cathy would quite happily “have my arm cut off before I stop wearing it” which, when she got lethargic on Wednesday, I was about to do when she relented. I suggested that since she’d been wearing it for months, if she took it off then when she put it back on the effect might make her feel the girl she was, not the knackered girl she felt. When I pulled her from her bed for Crisis, she forgot to put the band on so when we spotted this on the train, I gave her mine so she could make it around. On the back of not wearing it, I posted an average pace for the 4.16 busy, congested with other runners so not a straightforward run miles of 6.58 min/mile – not slow at all. This prompted the joke from the sage who is EatingTrees “What’s red and black and does fuck all?!” Maybe he’s correct as well as being funny (I might have used this as the blog post title but for fear the makers might take the view as my review and be upset – probably with justification were it true!)
I can therefore certainly state that it’s a cracking looking thing that might just work (I’m on the side of benefit, even if so minimal the placebo is greater than the physical despite being equal without it) and can, surely, do little harm (if it does indeed increase circulation and health problems arise I think exercising is likely to have a worse effect!).
So: Trion:Z. If you like the look of it, buy one. I’m probably going to replace mine when it wears out because I like it and if I replace it with copper it’ll leave funny marks; rubber bands make funny smells; leather ditto; I don’t want to wear two watches; Livestrong bands seem to be for youths and also smell when hot; it might just do something to make me healthy.
Review done. Back to painting the lounge ceiling now!
926.09 miles to go.
22.18 Juneathon running miles.
241.01 Juneathon cycling miles.