Hope everyone is having a fun holiday season. Mine is getting better and better.
After a disappointing Fall cycling season involving a painful 300k, and a more slow and more painful 400k leading to my ditching out on the 600k I was registered for so I could have surgery on my bunghole instead, I'm getting ready to embark on the real road to recovery; getting back on my actual bicycle.
I've been riding the recumbent in my apartment gym every night, and jogging on the treadmill. I'm up to an hour of some sort of mid-pace exercise per night.
During my sedentary recovery period I managed to pack on weight like a sumo wrestler preparing for season. I was not allowed to exercise: AT ALL. Minimum movement, really, for about 4 weeks. Then I was allowed to try walking around, but the best I could do was a half mile or so at first. I worked my way up to a couple miles, but I was starting to re-do some damage to my surgical wound so I had to go back to... you guessed it: Nothing.
Between doing nothing, narcotic painkillers and steroids for soft-tissue recovery, I went from 230 back up to 262 in the course of 2 months. I felt like crap. I could barely manage 10 minutes when I first started back at the gym on the 'bent; even after having been doing some walking with my dog around the neighbourhood. I had to dig around for my Fat CGK1 clothes.
The good news is that the gym is only a couple floors down, and easy for me to get to, so I'm there every night now. I've dropped some of the weight and I'm at 250 again as of this morning. Starting the first of the year, I'm allowed to try getting on a traditional saddle and building up my endurance again. And, my friends invited me to be on their CX team next season, so I'll be racing singlespeed 'cross with these guys: Soft Like Kitten