I was getting ready for today's ride, when out of the blue my back seized up on me as I bent over (seated) to tie my shoes. What the heck???
Anyway, I could hobble, so I decided to ride (slowly) and see if I could ride through it, perhaps loosen it, et.
I managed twenty miles, and it wasn't too bad, except stopping for traffic signals. When I got home, getting OFF the bike was a real struggle, and I sort of limped into the house, my back sending red flares skyward. It was actually easier to ride than to walk. Now I'm hobbling about.
So I got to thinking on the ride about playing with pain, or riding with pain, and how to know when one should draw the line, and stay off the bike, and when it might actually be therapeutic to ride (with care, no hammering, etc.), and when it doesn't much matter one way or the other.
I did get a ride in, and met a monthly mileage goal. Now I'm headed off to a hot bath and epson salts.
Any wisdom out there?