Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Training & Nutrition
Reload this Page >

Dealing with Minor Injuries

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.

Dealing with Minor Injuries

Old 07-05-06, 10:08 AM
  #1  
Bacciagalupe
Professional Fuss-Budget
Thread Starter
 
Bacciagalupe's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Posts: 6,472
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 20 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Dealing with Minor Injuries

Over the last few weeks, I've had some very minor injuries -- mostly just sore muscles and tendons, nothing that requires more than a bit of rest and ice.

But I am a bit curious about two things, when handling minor issues.

1) How should this affect my weekly riding? Let's say I'm normally riding around 100 miles a week and edging that up by 5% - 10% per week. When I've had a week or two with no more than 50 miles, but feel like I'm fully healed, should I go back to riding my previous distances?

2) Is it my imagination, or does it take longer for these minor issues to heal when you've reached the venerable era of the mid-30's?

3) Just out of curiosity, how do pros handle minor strains? If a pro has soreness in their achilles tendon that ordinarily would require a few days' rest, do they just ride through the pain, and hope it doesn't turn into something serious?
Bacciagalupe is offline  
Old 07-07-06, 12:29 PM
  #2  
slowandsteady
Faster but still slow
 
slowandsteady's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Jersey
Posts: 5,979

Bikes: Trek 830 circa 1993 and a Fuji WSD Finest 1.0 2006

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I am no pro, but I have been athletic for many years. I used to be a sprinter in HS and College. I also used to be chronically injuried, calf sprains, ankle sprains, shin splints, and stress fractures in my feet. Sometimes all at the same time. I never rested unless I was on crutches and unable to even walk. This resulted in me being in pain all of the time. Because I never allowed myself to recover, I merely accumulated injuries. Cycling is far less punishing than sprinting, but I now allow myself to full recover even from the most minor injuries. I would much rather sit for a week or spin lightly for a week than to endure months of injuries that just never seem to heal. By the way, I am 33, and I have noticed that it does take a wee bit longer to heal. Just three weeks ago I fell off my horse. I am still sore. When I was a teen, it never took more than two weeks to heal from such a fall.
slowandsteady is offline  

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


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service

Copyright 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.