OK, I have a strained lower back. First injured it on a long ride 3 months ago with a too-high seat, then reinjured it a week ago shoveling snow.
I just took a week off form riding, and have been running instead. But I've heard that totally resting a strained muscle is counter-productive because the muscle will come back too weak. So any idea how much rest I really need to give it? And should I stop riding at the first sign of pain?
(This back injury is annoying as all get-out. What I REALLY don't want to hear is that I need to stay off the bike for something like 4 weeks. All this has got me pricing 'bents.)