Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Training & Nutrition Learn how to develop a training schedule that's good for you. What should you eat and drink on your ride? Learn everything you need to know about training and nutrition here.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 01-14-07, 09:36 PM   #1
Zeggelaar
Ain't gonna nuke me
Thread Starter
 
Zeggelaar's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: 25 miles south of North Korea
Bikes: Rocky Mountain Vertex 70
Posts: 191
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Training and Medical Treatment

I've had a few minor problems with by lower back/neck/shoulders but experienced enough pain to go for treatment. My doctor is an Oriental Medicine Specialist/Chiropractor. (over here many doctors have more than one speciality) He says that the problems are all related, not serious and will require 6-12 weeks of regular treatment involving acupuncture, physiotherapy, herbal medicine and various types of yanking, cracking and twisting of my back and limbs.

The problem is that I am just starting an intensive period of training for the upcoming MTB season with 10-12 hours a week required training. Most of it is spinning/endurance type stuff with some weighlifting. However, I seem to be having more problems. The doctor told me to go easy on the neck (ie. no off-road stuff) for a month. It seems that trying to keep up an intensive schedule is not going to benefit any physical healing. Should I a:drastically reduce the hours for a few weeks, b:take a few weeks off c:keep right on the way I am d:something else.

The overall goal is to be in top shape for the middle of May and I don't want to jeopardize the upcoming season. Any advice would be appreciated.
Zeggelaar is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-14-07, 09:40 PM   #2
late
Senior Member
 
late's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Southern Maine
Bikes:
Posts: 8,421
Mentioned: 13 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1356 Post(s)
Duh,
keep your dumb a** off the Mtn bike for a while.
late is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 01-14-07, 10:06 PM   #3
Richard Cranium
Senior Member
 
Richard Cranium's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Deep in the Shawnee Forest
Bikes: LeMond - Gunnar
Posts: 2,838
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 4 Post(s)
Quote:
I've had a few minor problems with by lower back/neck/shoulders but experienced enough pain to go for treatment.
Boy this is a tough one. I think you should work out even harder, but be careful. No, wait a minute, maybe you should rest. Naw, maybe you go to one of those coach doctor fellas.
Richard Cranium is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-14-07, 10:44 PM   #4
Zeggelaar
Ain't gonna nuke me
Thread Starter
 
Zeggelaar's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: 25 miles south of North Korea
Bikes: Rocky Mountain Vertex 70
Posts: 191
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Okay. I deserved that. But the question remains. Is any level of training okay? I use the indoor trainer a lot and I have NOT been riding the MTB during this time, only the trainer and some flat bike paths. As for a coach doctor, if you can find one over here, give me a shout. Sports training is not a big thing over here unless you're into short track speed skating or football. I've seen competitive cyclists smoking at the start line.
Zeggelaar is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-14-07, 10:57 PM   #5
late
Senior Member
 
late's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Southern Maine
Bikes:
Posts: 8,421
Mentioned: 13 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1356 Post(s)
Hi,
there are about a zillion things I don't know. One is the answer to your question.
If I was in your shoes, I'd take 3 or 4 days off. Then start with an easy 30 min ride.
If that causes no problems go for a 45 minute ride or spin at a moderate pace.
Increase the time and load gradually, if there is trouble, back off for a while.
late is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 01-14-07, 11:33 PM   #6
slim_77
Senior Member
 
slim_77's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: chicago,Il
Bikes: yes please
Posts: 2,401
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Zeggelaar
It seems that trying to keep up an intensive schedule is not going to benefit any physical healing.
+1, you said it best.
slim_77 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-16-07, 12:16 AM   #7
ericgu
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Bikes:
Posts: 1,941
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Zeggelaar
I've had a few minor problems with by lower back/neck/shoulders but experienced enough pain to go for treatment. My doctor is an Oriental Medicine Specialist/Chiropractor. (over here many doctors have more than one speciality) He says that the problems are all related, not serious and will require 6-12 weeks of regular treatment involving acupuncture, physiotherapy, herbal medicine and various types of yanking, cracking and twisting of my back and limbs.

The problem is that I am just starting an intensive period of training for the upcoming MTB season with 10-12 hours a week required training. Most of it is spinning/endurance type stuff with some weighlifting. However, I seem to be having more problems. The doctor told me to go easy on the neck (ie. no off-road stuff) for a month. It seems that trying to keep up an intensive schedule is not going to benefit any physical healing. Should I a:drastically reduce the hours for a few weeks, b:take a few weeks off c:keep right on the way I am d:something else.

The overall goal is to be in top shape for the middle of May and I don't want to jeopardize the upcoming season. Any advice would be appreciated.
Lower back problems are typically a sign of insufficient core strength and flexibility. Until you address those base problems, you may feel a little better but you'll be prone to re-injury.

My advice:

1) Stop the weightlifting. That can put high loads on muscles, which isn't what you need if you're having problems.
2) Work on your flexibility, especially in the back, hamstrings, hip flexors, etc. Lack of flexibility leads to a whole host of problems on the bike.
3) Keep up with the easy riding, as long as they aren't hurting (a bit of discomfort is okay).
4) Start studying up on core exercises. There are a lot of resources on the web that can help.

Stopping totally for a few weeks is bad - you heal a lot faster when you have regular activity, especially when it's back related stuff.
__________________
Eric

2005 Trek 5.2 Madone, Red with Yellow Flames (Beauty)
199x Lemond Tourmalet, Yellow with fenders (Beast)

Read my cycling blog at http://riderx.info/blogs/riderx
Like climbing? Goto http://www.bicycleclimbs.com
ericgu is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 07:08 AM.