Hi, I've been training hard for a 320km (200 mile) organised annual endurance ride/race that's in four weeks time. I've been riding 600 to 800kms a month, gym four times a week, and one hour cardio sessions two mornings a week for the last nine or ten months. I'm a 48 year old male, resonably fit.
Last week I forgot how old I am and played a game of touch football (a fast running game), and tore my rectus femoris. It's a 5cm x 2cm partial tear, up near my groin.
What I'd like to know is, has anyone experienced this kind of injury and how long did recovery take? I appreciate that this kind of post always has a 'see your doctor' reponse, which i've done. I've been to my doctor, have had an ultrasound and am starting regular physio today.
The thing is, I've had mixed professional advice. Physio (with no cycling injury experience) says stay of the bike for two weeks, then light spinning, 6 to 8 weeks to be back to normal performance, whereas a phsyio who works with top cycling teams says get back on the trainer now and spin, that muscle's not critical for cycling, and I'll be good to go in two or three weeks. I have rested with my leg elevated for three days, compression bandage, ice 20 minutes every two hours, and I'm now reasonably mobile. I have my heart set on doing this 320km ride, but want to know if I'm dreaming? Any suggestions/comments please? Thanks!