This is just a quick note and a follow up on my promise for a non-knee related posting for last week. I am planning a post with some video analysis of riding in crosswinds. There are a few specific things I wanted to try to point out so I spent a few hours looking through videos on YouTube and of this year’s Paris-Nice stage race. Unfortunately I spent a lot of time but couldn’t find the examples I was looking for, so the post will be put on the back burner.
I finally started to feel some positive effects of my stretching regimen. I’ve had extreme pain on my IT Bands with my foam roller until the last few days. I started listening to some music on headphones and found that I could roll for a lot longer with something to distract me from the pain. I didn’t think I was doing anything too aggressive, just rolling slowly across the painful spots and spending a few minutes per side, but I ended up getting bruises on my right side! Recently I’ve been able to roll like a normal person without using every ounce of my being to ignore the pain and using my opposite leg to reduce the weight.
I actually trained this week. Not just riding, but training. My knee is feeling a lot better with . I rode six days in a row, including an easy half hour on the trainer, a few recovery rides, a solid two hour SST (Sweet Spot Tempo), and a hard group ride to exhaustion. I rode almost eight hours in total. My knee was not 100%, but was greatly improved over the previous week.
I’m still keeping tomorrow’s appointment for my knee even though things seem to be turning around. I’d like to see an expert to see if I’ve been doing the right thing so far, and to make sure that I’ll be healthy for when it counts later in the season.