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    I pulled a muscle. Should I race tomorrow?

    Yesterday my brain and body forgot how to go over a barrier and I pulled the inside of my thigh. It's not swelled up it just feels like a really sore muscle, basically. I went for a ride today and it still just feels like 1 really sore muscle- tender to walk on a little, hurts when it stretches, that sort of thing.

    It's just a 30 minute race but should I rest and avoid injury? Looking for opinions.
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    What do you think?

    30 mins of fun vs a season nagged by injury. Your call...
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    See I can't recall the last time I pulled a leg muscle so I'm thinking "oh it doesn't really hurt, just sore, it's not serious, I won't injure myself more" but frankly I don't think I can gauge if it's bad enough to not race or no. It's the 1st race of the season too.
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    If it's just sore and doesn't actually hurt, you could give it a try. Just be ready to DNF in a hurry if it actually starts to hurt. You could be setting yourself up for weeks more problems. Or it might feel better tomorrow (in which case, it probably wasn't actually a pulled muscle).

    I tweaked my leg in some way Monday. I was describing it as a strain, but it probably wasn't. I finished the 11 mile ride in to work, and by the time I rode home it was just sore. By Wednesday, I was going out for a cross clinic. Today, it felt great.

    Definitely ice it tonight -- 20 minutes on, 20 minutes off -- also rest, compression and elevation. See how it feels in the morning.

    Taking the weekend off is probably the smart thing to do.

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    I wouldn't Tim. You may say to yourself that you will just take it easy but it's a race and you won't. Just go out on the road and try to loosen it up.

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    Yeah, I stayed home. I know I would have pulled it again going over a barrier.
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