Thursday, April 29, 2010

Dentist to the Cyclist!

If you're a big baby like me the thought of the dentist's drill always sends a shiver down your spine.
That was the case for me until last year when I needed my first root canal. I was so worried about how much it was going to hurt I almost didn't want to get it taken care of, however the pain from the tooth made me go through with it. Luckily I knew of Dr. Mike Miller from bike racing over the years. Dr. Miller has been around the cycling scene for many years. I first met him as a mountain bike rider as we both competed in the Clydesdale class in the late 90's. I also have to credit Dr. Miller for giving me the idea to finish a road bike race at the top of Sugar Lands Road which is now the Tour of Tucker County. However this was going to be my first visit to see Dr. Miller the dentist, not the cyclist. After that day however I became a big fan of him as a dentist.

He completed the root canal for me and I felt zero pain during and after he was done. It was a miricle in my mind. I had heard some horror stories from other folks about their root canals with other dentists, but my experience was a walk in the park. Between his solid work and his really warm and friendly staff I gave them two thumbs way up!

Fast forward to 2010 and Dr. Mike Miller Dentistry is a sponsor of Dynamic Physical Therapy Cycling. Not only is he a sponsor but we are clients of his because of his great work. Unfortunately this week I had a tooth crack in half and another trip to Dr. Miller's office was in my future. I was able to get right in to see him and you are all in luck because he agreed to take some photos for the blog!

"Mike you sure you need that big of a needle?"

Luckily for me he said that he would be able to save the tooth after a quick look over the x-rays. However 1/4 of it was totally chipped off and was only held in place by my gums. "That is going to have to come out!", he said. After my last trip with the root canal I felt pretty safe with whatever he said and wanted to do. "Yank it Doc", I told him.

Just like with my visit before I felt nothing. I was not even sure he had taken it out till he said something about it. Dr. Miller is 2 for 2 when working on me. I will have to go back and get a crown on the tooth and I am thinking a gold crown would be cool. It is all about the bling ya know.

Take my advice, if you have a need for a dentist or know someone who does, it is well worth your time to visit Dr. Miller's office. Dentist to the Cyclist!

Friday, April 9, 2010

First Race, First Podium!

This past weekend the Dynamic Physical Therapy Cycling Team took part in their first scheduled race for 2010, the Morgantown Road Race. Betsy wasn't waiting long to continue here winning ways from 2009. She collected her first podium place of the year by finishing second in the Women's 1/2/3 category.

Looking sharp in the 2010 team kit

As always Betsy was all smiles!

Chris took on a extremely fast Men's 1/2/3 category and finished 39th, a good showing for the endurance mountain biking specialist. Look for Chris to be picking up his own podium finishes very soon!

Robbie line up for the Category 4/5 race which held the strongest 4/5 field in ABRA racing history. Robbie hung toe to toe with some of the fast to finish 43. Good job Robbie!

Gunnar took part in the 40+ Category that was a dog fight until the final mile. IN the lead group for most of the day, Gunnar finished 9th for the team. Look for Gunnar to finish strong next weekend after Betsy getting the best rest in the house award this week.

Team coach Rob Acclauatti came out of retirement for a day to take part in the local event. There was a lot of happy people to see Coach Rob back on the bike. That didn't include the Men's 1/2/3 field however, most remembered how fast the former road pro was and the past beatings they took.