The Coming Age Of Smaller As Better
When considering the very term technology and all of it's ramifications and applications, we come upon an astounding amount of it in every facet of our daily lives, so much so, and at such a high level of saturation in this country(the U.S.), that quite frankly, it has made ingrates of us all. For example: I recently had to park my 100cc motor scooter, because a discrepancy was found on my record that makes me ineligible to ride one in my state of Virginia. Now this inexpensive piece of technology, although very convenient, as regards getting from meeting to meeting and covering hundreds of miles a day for just under $4.00 a tankful of 93 octane gas, will make you dependent, lazy and FAT! I've taken it for granted that I was born with a healthy body and strong legs for a reason. Forced to purchase a 21 speed Denali racer to now get from meeting to meeting(on average 30 miles a day), I face the dilemma of breaking my legs and body back in to the grueling pace I set 22 years ago(when I first committed to becoming a lifestyle bicyclist), all over again. At 57 years of age, this is no minor feat, trust me! I needed to lose the 25 extra pounds I'd put on over the three months I'd abandoned bicycling for 'scooter culture' Nee-Neet! And here in lies the point on small wonders in technology, which we seem to take in stride as though they were nothing: they're not touted as earth shattering, yet from an applications stand point, they are. I knew that the pace I was to take up on the bike, in an attempt to cover the circuit I was required to make on the scooter, would be daunting, to say the least. Little did I know that, as out of shape as I was, in two and a half days, I was going to be able to cover 90 miles of running to and from sometimes three meetings a day and then back home again. Normally, my knees would have been ripped out of their sockets. I had retired from a good job at the very apartment complex where I lived, because the constant climbing of stairs was destroying my knees. My knees where one of the main reasons I had bought the scooter in the first place; I had to find an alternative to bicycling 150 miles a week. I should of known, with my addictive nature, that the vehicle would become the mainstay in place of the exercise that had been so good to me these past 22 years.
Medical Technology Heading Toward The Iron Man Suit?
I found a small device that enables the body to direct the constant impact running through your legs by bypassing the impact over your knees and to your thighs. It is a Mueller leg brace with bendable mental stints on either side(adjustable to the size of the person's leg - large or small). I bought two of them and took them for a test drive. I don't know what percentage of the force of the constant strain and torque was being translated from my lower calves to my upper thigh, but I do know - they worked, perfectly. Such a simple application of medical technology and I have been able to match the ground I covered on a motorized vehicle with ease during the first two week break-in period my body was going to require to get used to riding the bike again. I now don't need them, as with constant exercise, vitamins and creatine supplements, I've built the muscles up to their former 'tree trunk' state of preparedness, thanks to this small wonder. And if you looked at it, hanging in it's box on the shelf, you wouldn't give it another thought, but what an impact it had on shortening the migration period from motor driven to leg driven conveyance! Not to mention the gasps I garnered at meetings, when I strutted in with both legs strapped to the thighs in, what appeared to be, robotic legs. The day of Iron Man is fast approaching, it is not just the stuff of movies anymore!