Two reasons for long cyber-silence on this blog
I haven’t posted anything on this blog for months and months. Reason #1: I had been suffering from excruciating and ever worsening pain from back issues for months, and sitting at the computer made it worse. Reason #2: Nordic Walking appears stuck, still with virtually no cooperation or joint promotion among training organizations or pole-makers to grow the sport. It remains stuck with small isolated islands of activity and local growth scattered in the US and most of the promoters jealously guarding their small pieces of Nordic Walking turf.
Throughout my ever-increasing pain (until the last couple of weeks before my January 29 surgery), I still managed to Nordic Walk almost every day, do a TV program called “Classical Stretch” and take a weekly Pilates class. Because I remained relatively fit till the end, my surgeon agreed to try minimally invasive micro-decompression surgery rather than a fusion. Walking was the recommended rehab activity, and less than 24 hours after the outpatient procedure, I went on a 2/3-mile walk around nearby park. From the next day on, I have walked between 2 and 3½ miles every day, and I have been uncharacteristically conscientious about physical therapy. I have been pain-free since the day after surgery, and now, of course, I wonder why I did so much for so long to avoid surgery. I hope that in some way, by reviving this blog, I can encourage other people to Nordic Walk to get in shape, get in better shape, lose a few pounds and get outdoors in the fresh air.
Attrition in the Nordic Walking Community
A number of Nordic Walking pole manufacturers that entered the American market have withdrawn or stopped producing specialty products entirely, and some people who were active no longer are so. It came as a sad surprise when I learned that Suzanne Nottingham, a committed and energetic fitness pro and author of a technique book called Nordic Walking for Total Fitness, had thrown in the towel and folded her Nordic Walk Now program. Suzanne and I were on the same page about the necessity for all players to work together if fitness walking with poles is ever to grow in this country. Or maybe all it would take is for Michelle Obama to beging using poles for a walking workout.
I’m again trying my part. Please leave comments to my upcoming posts, recommend this blog as a resource and keep on walking.