150 miles. 10 hours. 6,000 feet of climbing.
That was my March. It may not sound like much compared to the last couple years, but after what I’ve been through this off-season, I’ll take it.
The rides have been short and often slow. My longest ride of the year was this past Saturday’s 30-miler.
What’s weird is that I still have some fitness. I’ve noticed that on short sprints, my performance is comparable to last year. Only the endurance isn’t there, so the harder efforts don’t last very long. Overall I still feel surprisingly good from a fitness perspective. On some of the weekday group rides I can hang with the lead pack for a short while until usually getting dropped on the hills. Little by little, I am coming back.
Even though I’ve been given the green light to ramp up activity, the injury still lingers. On some rides I will not feel it at all. In fact, after a couple rides, it has felt even better the next day. There have been two rides where the soreness was noticeable during the ride, and it lingered for the next few days. After these rides I’ve given myself some extra rest time. It can be frustrating to have this level of soreness, and sometimes I wonder whether this thing is still healing, but my doctor does not seem too concerned. Usually after a couple/few days the soreness goes away.
This week I am heading to Spartanburg for a short reprieve. Even though I would like to ride, it looks like the weather will not cooperate (100% chance of rain tomorrow, 40% chance Friday). I’ll bring my bike just in case. This Sunday I may participate in a metric century with the Carolina Cyclers. This will double the mileage of this past weekend, but I know the effort will be a lot easier. This is more of a social ride.
Even though the progression is slow, it is happening. I’ll keep pegging away, and hopefully come out stronger on the other side.
April 3rd, 2013 at 10:05 pm
you took a picture midway up a hill? I would be too busy trying to survive at that point!
April 4th, 2013 at 8:00 am
Lol. I take a lot of pictures on climbs. I guess it helps get me through it. Plus the scenery is often beautiful and I cannot resist.
April 3rd, 2013 at 10:22 pm
The body will let you know when to push the pedal to the metal
April 4th, 2013 at 7:58 am
You have given me good advice along those lines, and it has helped me. Thanks for that. It is probably smarter to be overcautious than reckless.
April 6th, 2013 at 11:10 am
Nice job Aaron. I can so relate to the injuries and rehab progress. Take it as it comes and enjoy the travels! Nice photo too!
April 8th, 2013 at 5:28 pm