New to this thread. Would like to say I read it all, but hey, I never made it past the first chapter of War and Peace either.
I am 56, a shrinking Clyde, and and hope to work up to a century by the end of the year. I did a thread search an didn't find a reference to a problem I had recently. Last Friday evening before a 30 mile charity ride I noticed a lump on my calf, just below the knee. It was the area of a quarter and had the radius of a golf ball. It was mildly painful to the touch, but unnoticeable if left alone. I assumed it was a bug bite.
By Monday the lump had shrunk to a hard mass the size of a peanut, and there is a gradually darkening bruise 1 1/2 x 2 inches below the knee. Doc said Wednesday that it is likely a torn muscle, and the bruising is a side effect of my prescription blood thinner. Doc told me to stay off it for a week, but I want to do the metric course of the San Diego Century in four weeks. I don't want to go off training so close to the event.
I commute by bike and had a great sprint of five miles flat at 17-20 mph avg. I felt fine. I don't grind and keep a pretty decent cadence. but I noticed more darkening.
Was planning a 40 mile club ride tomorrow. Mostly flat and some gentle hills. Wife say no. I'm not sure.
What to do?