Hope you ladies and gents can help me, i've just recently got back into cycling after a 6 year gap (work,family,etc...) i've been slowly building my fitness and endurance over the last few months, i currently cycle 20 flat miles round trip to work 5 days a week and try to throw in a couple of hilly rides 25 - 30 miles during the week , with a distance ride of at least 50 miles at weekends .
Here's the problem whilst playing football (soccer) with my nephews last weekend i pulled my hamstring fairly badly, i could hardly walk for a couple of days, it's now at the point of a dull ache and if i stretch it a little i'm quickly reminded of the problem by a sharp "twinge".
I am cycling to work and back every day (20 mile round trip) this is fortunately a flat ride so i don't have to exert to much pressure at all, the problem is i'm not doing any aerobic/anaerobic work at all, i'm hoping you good people may be able to suggest some exercise(s) i can do that will give me an aerobic/anaerobic workout without putting any pressure on my injured leg ?? or is it just a case of taking it easy until the leg repairs itself ?? is there anything i can do to speed up the process ??
Any advice / suggestions you can give me would be very much appreciated
get off the bike now!! Ice and antiinflamitories (motrin). See a good sports orthopedist now! I tore my Hamstring group about three years ago (fairly bad, probably should have had surgery) sprinting to homeplate. I've still not recovered, but for many reasons. I continued to ride my bike, though not nearly as much, and couldn't even think about running ( I was doing half ironman distance races before the injury) and still can't. Doctors pretty much ignore you unless you cannot function during normal life. They don't care that you can't run, ride your bike, or even walk without pain. Can you go to work, is about all they care about. I finally got a second opinion from a specialist and that got me into physical therapy, where I am now and finally getting better, but after almost three years.
Don't mess around thinking you can just work through this, most people can't. You have to give it a real break (months) before it will get better. It can take 18 months for the average bad tear to heal with proper care. Oh yah, stretching is good, but only certain ones and not too long.
Sorry about the bad news, but I wish someone had told me. Swim, a lot, and dont kick.
It sounds like it's getting better, so let's hope it isn't a serious tear like rlong had. Let it rest. If it doesn't get better soon, or if you're worried, go to a doctor. It won't hurt to miss a few days of exercize. Just don't go 6 years without again!
P.S. It sounds like you're doing great with the cycling program you've got. I bet your nephews appreciate having an uncle who is fit enough to go out and play rough with them (usually!).