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Old 05-05-13, 06:34 PM   #1
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Getting injured sucks

Back on 4/20 (no jokes please) I was attempting my longest ride to date. A 113 mile ride to Gilroy and back. The next to last ride of the training series I was doing for AIDS/LifeCycle. Once we got to gilroy, at around 113, was the only climb of the day. Half way up I started to get this pain in what turned out to be my hamstring. I made it to the water stop and on to lunch, but I was dying by then. I went another 7 miles after lunch and SAGed out.

The next weekend was "Day on the Ride", basically a 1 day simulation of what to expect when doing the actual AIDS/LifeCycle ride. It was only 65 miles, so I was hoping that with a week off the bike I'd be good. My leg wasn't hurting anymore. Well it was stiff on the bike and 13 miles in to the ride I just didn't want to do it anymore, so I called my partner and had him come get me. (He was nearby just in case.)

The diagnosis is tendonitis. I'm doing PT twice a week and still not riding. I'm hopeful that this can be better by the beginning of June, and we're making some minor bike fit tweaks. But watching all my friends go out and ride is just killing me. I hate this.
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Old 05-05-13, 06:47 PM   #2
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Sheech! That's terrible. Rotten luck. How do you think you hurt your hamstrings? What are they having you do for therapy? Reason I ask is that just today, I rode GMR to the shack, and upon getting back to the car, my hamstrings were really hurting. Still are after eight hours. Haven't the foggiest what I did to them, other than keeping on pedaling and not stopping. Didn't really push it, as verified by my Strava suffer score. Now you got me worried about mine.
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Old 05-05-13, 06:56 PM   #3
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We think it may be my leg length discrepancy and the saddle being too high or something. The PT has me doing exercises to strengthen my glues and stuff. Hopefully with rest and whatnot I'll still be able to do the ride.
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Thank you for the info. Good luck. Heel well.
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Standard question - have you had a "pro" fit?

Good luck with your issues, and the fun part is you'll discover more as you age. My riding style apparently strains my shoulder to the point where I had an MRI in the fall. weeks of PT and a variety of tendon loosening massages helped but now the symptoms have switched shoulders. Bah.

Good luck out there.
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Old 05-06-13, 12:02 PM   #6
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Yes, I've had a BG Pro fit from someone who has the highest cert from Specialized locally. Also being seen but an even more elite place, Revolutions in Fitness. And finally, my PT is a triathlete and also is a good bike fitter. We've got fitters all over this.
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We've got fitters all over this.


Humor aside, I hope you figure out a solution.
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Man, I know your pain, I had tendinitis after the tendons in my leg were reattached. I have been there and done it all with PT.

Don't rush yourself, and use hot compresses before PT and you'll be back up in no time. I went a while feeling like nothing was working, my DR sent me to another PT and his knowledge and treatment did wonders for me.

I'm not a rider yet, but I can tell you the right PT helps more than what money can buy.
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i had a bad pull of the hamstring as it went towards the back of the knee. i was riding within 3 months but didn't fully heal for a year and a half. meaning i was was unable to put down full power for a year and a half. so i always had to meter my power output till i felt the muscle complain a bit. wasn't fun but take it slow. if you re-injure or make it worse, than there will be no riding for a good long while.
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Well, ALC is coming up in a week. I'm going to do what I can, but I won't be doing the full ride that much is sure. I can ride with a little discomfort. Not pain, but it's certainly not quite right. And I've got the seat lower a bit (which the PT who also is a bike fitter) says will help my hams but I think it's aggravating my left knee a little bit, which is the side that is now shimmed. I'm showing up for the ride but disappointed - I had planned on riding the whole thing. Now I'm feeling lucky if I get in 20 miles a day.
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Well, ALC is coming up in a week. I'm going to do what I can, but I won't be doing the full ride that much is sure. I can ride with a little discomfort. Not pain, but it's certainly not quite right. And I've got the seat lower a bit (which the PT who also is a bike fitter) says will help my hams but I think it's aggravating my left knee a little bit, which is the side that is now shimmed. I'm showing up for the ride but disappointed - I had planned on riding the whole thing. Now I'm feeling lucky if I get in 20 miles a day.
Be careful with your health. It sounds like you're pushing it. Is it really worth riding injured?
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Yeah, I hear ya. Fell off the bike 4/28 and broke my elbow.... no cycling for 6 weeks.

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We think it may be my leg length discrepancy and the saddle being too high or something. The PT has me doing exercises to strengthen my glues and stuff. Hopefully with rest and whatnot I'll still be able to do the ride.
have you ever been officially been measured for the LLD?... back when I was in my pre-teens I was measured at 7 or 8mm discrepancy and they didn't bother with anything as it wasn't bothering me while I was relatively fit... now that i'm overweight it bugs me to just stand to long :-/ got to talk to my doc about it soon... thankfully it hasn't seemed to bother my cycling too much
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Be careful with your health. It sounds like you're pushing it. Is it really worth riding injured?
I can easily stop riding and get SAGed whenever. We'll see what happens.

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Yes. 15mm, as measured by standing x-ray.
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wow... do you ware special shoes or have an insert or anything?... if not do people notice your "hop" as you walk along? lol... my wife still makes fun of mine
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I'll see your tendonitis and raise you a crushed clavicle and three broken ribs followed by an hour ride on a dirt road in a car, then a three hour ambulance ride over bumpy roads to the nearest hospital. 2 months off the bike starting in the beginning of the summer. Getting hurt hurts. As long as it's temporary we can live with it. I'm sorry for the folks that are no longer on this (or other) forum because they have had an accident that takes cycling out of their lives for good. At 61 years old I know that any accident could be my last time on a bike. I have yet to find out what my accident means, long term. I hope your issue doesn't become chronic. Scary stuff. Best of luck.
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Competitive riders say don't stretch out before you ride. Use your first 5 miles as a warmup. However, after you reach a certain age or weight, I don't necessarily agree with that. Try taking 15 minutes before you ride to gently stretch out your hamstrings, quads, and calves . Go little by little and you'll notice when you get on the bike that things are much easier. Also make sure you're well hydrated-that will help prevent cramps that can cause injuries as well.
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