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Injury Recovery: Uncharted Territory

November 2014

In the last three years I can’t remember ever taken off more than two days in a row from some kind of physical activity, usually riding a bike or running.  Either on a trainer, on the road or on a trail.  There have been a few times where I had a really rough day working out in the yard cutting up a dead tree or something that I would count as a workout but I had to be absolutely worn out afterwards to do so.

I’ve taken the last three days off and in the last five only ridden fourteen total miles.  To say I’m itching to get back out is an understatement of epic proportions.  On the other hand, we’ve had flurries every day for the last four so I’m not exactly weeping about it.  I’m finally trying to deal with a nagging case of tendonitis in my right arm that’s been bugging me for about five months now.  For four-and-a-half of those months the pain was at least tolerable but in the last two weeks it’s really gotten bad.  I was hoping, of course, to make it to winter so I could at least get some miles in on the trainer and I pretty much did.  I’ve allowed myself a few excuses to stay off the trainer though…  A long put-off trip to the dentist’s office yesterday to repair a broken filling and begin preparations for a crown and bridge got in the way yesterday, for example.

In any event, my arm is actually feeling a lot better since I’ve been off.  I was nervous about whether I’d done too much damage by waiting so long to give it time to heal and am quite pleased with my progress…  So that means it’s time to start thinking about putting in some winter miles – it’s time to get on that horse again.

Unfortunately our forecast is crap over the next ten days with highs only near or barely above freezing, with some snow even, so while I may get in some decent time on the mountain bike (finally) I’m thinking most of my road bike time will be spent on the trainer.  Either way, I’ve been on a fantastic tear for three years with some excellent mileage for a working guy…  I have to get back at it before I realize how easy it is to be lazy and end up wrecking next season in the process.


  1. PedalWORKS says:

    Get to it bud. No excuses. You are right. It is easy to cut back this time of year. It is easy to get lazy.

  2. tischcaylor says:

    You’ll get back at it, I’m sure. Good luck with that arm.

  3. Chatter says:

    Get that arm healed up and get back at it. Sometimes a breather is a good thing.

  4. Sue Slaght says:

    When the arm is ready off you go. A permanent or long term injury is not something you want to have to deal with.

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