I’m not in the habit of endorsing products, but every now and then I run across something that’s truly magnificent, and this is one of those times. I’m also not a big fan of trying out new stuff or gaining new experiences.

For example, I find that I order the same thing for breakfast almost every time I go out. I get up at the same time every day — weekends included. I tend to wear the same style of clothing at all times, and if I go to McDonald’s, I religiously order the same value meal.

I’m guessing I just know what I like, and to change things without reason isn’t something I’m likely to do. My philosophy is this: Change involves risk, and if things are going good, why rock the boat?

Having said that, sometimes life throws some real curves your way and you’re forced to make a change. Recently I had one of those curve balls come across my home plate and I had to react to it. I was having some “issues” and finally went to see the doctor once things got too rough for me to handle. Now I hate going to the doctor for anything. To me, ignorance is bliss when it comes to your health. I have been plagued with bad experiences and pure idiots for doctors my whole life.

The way I figure it, a doctor is like a mechanic — except with a much bigger paycheck. And being a mechanic myself, I know that you rarely diagnose things correctly the first time around. It takes some testing and some work to figure things out.

Doctors tend to follow the same procedure, but unfortunately they frequently get their diagnosis wrong. The other downside of all this testing is, it usually involves pain. Not pain for them, but for me! So the docs ran some tests and they finally did discover the problem.

Without divulging the details of my health problems over the Internet and being accused of TMI (too much information), the problem indeed proved to be serious. I was going to have to go under the knife, and the recovery was going to take about three or four months. With no options available, I went in for the surgery. They removed the “problem” and were happy to report to me that I was in the clear.

With that great news, it was back to reality for me and my family. My big goal was to get back to work. As a product specialist here at J&P, things move at a rapid pace, so I was really concerned about missing too much work and falling behind.  Problem was, the surgery left me in extreme pain and I could barely drive to work. The other problem I had was sitting or standing. The only time I wasn’t in extreme pain was when I was lying on my back. So after 10 days at home doing just that, I figured it was time to get back to work.

I’ve got to tell you, that drive into Anamosa was a killer and I barely withstood the pain. Once there, I found it difficult to sit at my desk for more than a few moments at a time. I kept having to adjust my position and I was really beginning to think I wasn’t going to make it more than an hour.

My buddy Jason Hayes sits right behind me, and he saw my discomfort and decided to take matters into his own hands (Be warned — I’m finally getting to the endorsement I mentioned at the top of this blog). Jason went downstairs and got me an Airhawk R Comfort seat pad, brought it up to me and made me try it out. Now, as a self-described tough guy, sitting on a seat pad isn’t anything I would normally consider. My mindset is more like “suck it up Sally!” when it comes to pain. I don’t like asking for help unless I absolutely need it. It’s just the way I am.

Jason wasn’t having any of my tough guy BS, and made me try the seat pad, and I was amazed at how well this thing worked. Instantly it relieved some of my pain, and made getting through the day much easier. If you haven’t tried one of these pads for your bike, I highly recommend you try one. It’s designed to work, and it does.

In my case it made life a little easier at a time when I definitely needed some help. So if you’re into taking your bike on long trips, or you just want to be comfortable on any ride, this is indeed the ticket! Take a chance, and give one of these things a try!