Weekly Training Notes #8

A disastrous week!

I completed a slightly disappointing sweet-spot ride on Tuesday, but the real problems started right afterwards. Initially I thought I'd got some cramp in my right glutes, but the injury eventually revealed itself as a tweak in one of my lumbar vertebrae.

It definitely got worse before it got better. For the next couple of days I could barely stand and walking was very painful, although I did get back on the bike for some very easy commute riding starting on Thursday. The riding actually seemed to help; probably gently working the muscles helped loosen things up.

Looking back, I've had almost 20 straight months of pretty much full-on and uninterrupted training, which wasn't a bad run. Maybe the enforced layoff will even do me some good; I think the injury was more likely due to overuse than an acute trauma.

In any case, I really need to be more consistent with my recovery (proper cool-downs with stretching and foam roller after my rides).

I only did 2.5 hours on Saturday, mostly easy but with a little medium intensity riding. On the easy recovery ride on Sunday I could tell I'd turned the corner, but I'll take my time getting back up to speed next week.

the circle of death Just a brief solo ride on Saturday this week

Designation: In-Season, Build 1 Time: 12.9 hours | Distance: 325 km | Low:Medium:High Intensity: 88:12:0 Weight Training: 0 x Lower Body, 0 x Upper Body | Walking: 8 km

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