I have been fortunate to not have many obstacles thus far in my cycling. In the last couple of years I have gradually improved and have become a pretty strong rider. Knock on wood, right? This past week I suffered my first real setback, which I hope will be a minor one, but I am not taking any chances.
After last weekend’s ride, I noticed that my right hamstring was tweaked. It hurt a little more than usual during the ride, which I attributed to the heavy volume of the past couple of weeks. After the ride it remained tight and is still sore a few days later. Flexibility has not returned and it is clear now that I pulled it somewhere along the line.
I think it first happened a few weeks ago when I climbed Richland Balsam Mountain. That was the day after Clingman’s Dome and I started climbing without warming up. Even then I noticed it being tighter than usual and it didn’t warm up until midway through the climb.
It has not been much of a bother and I know I could ride through it, but I also know that hamstring injuries can nag. They can also get worse if not rested. I’m overdue for a recovery period anyway, so I decided to take some time off this week.
First up will be an athletic massage. A friend recommended someone who treats cyclists regularly, who I will see tomorrow. That should give me some relief. Combined with resting during the week, I should be good to go for this Saturday’s mountain ride. Thankfully this one (Tour de Lure) is organized, so I can go at my own pace.
There’s a chance this will be a momentary blip and I’ll feel fine by the weekend. If so, I’ll continue and possibly even ride on Sunday. If not then I’ll balance resting with training. Fortunately I have made enough progress that I can just maintain my current fitness and probably do well. We’ll see how it goes.