The blog has been doing incredibly well so far in 2012. Last season saw a major uptick in hits during the spring, but not until April/May during Tour of the Gila. I’m not sure if the blog will have further increase throughout the spring, but I take increasing readership as a sign of success for the blog. I’m always humbled by the amount of readership and praise for the blog, and I’d like to take a moment to thank you all for reading.
Unfortunately on the training front, the week has been a major letdown. Firstly, I’ve had some knee pain crop up. Keeping a training log can be very useful in keeping track of nagging issues such as this. The first ride I had any pain was Jan 31. Last week I had a little more trouble and was taking ibuprofen before rides. On Monday, my TT bike seemed to be adding to the strain and I had to cut my workout short.
To add to this, I’ve come down with what I believe is the flu. My baby came down with it the week before last. He was totally miserable with a fever, cough and a lot of snot for most of the week. The CDC tracks flu activity and announced a few days ago that Colorado and California had widespread flu activity for the past three weeks and officially opened flu season. I haven’t been too sick, but have had some congestion, fatigue, and a scratchy throat.
I took both of these maladies as a sign to take the week off. My tentative self-diagnosis for my knee is patellafemoral pain syndrome. Like many problems, the causes are ‘multi-factorial’, or have multiple possible causes, and are best healed by rest. For the time being I’m taking some R&R and stretching regularly.
I’ve got a ride scheduled for tomorrow. I would like to get in a good ride with some tempo intervals, but I’ll be ready to pull the plug or ride easier if needed. The first race of the season is next weekend. I now have the time off work, but I won’t race if I’m not ready.