I am slowly getting back to normal. I got home from work last night and I felt pretty good. I decided to give the trainer a try. It was an ordeal getting on the bike. I mean, I had to contort myself just to mount the dang thing. It was lifting the leg over the saddle that really tweaked the back.
However, once I was on the bike and my arms in the aero bars I was stabilized and everything felt normal again. I had an easy (pretty easy) 55 minute session dialed in – it would be easy spinning with 3 x 10 minutes at 80 % of FTP. This should keep my heart rate low and the legs moving without having to put too much pressure on the pedals. Not being on my feet in a while, my legs felt tired even from the warm up. However, they soon came around. I was able to finish the session easily – while watching 3 episodes of “cougar town”. That’s right, I said it – “Cougar Town”.
Post ride analysis should that my average heart rate for this session was lower than it has ever been. That definitely is a positive and shows to me that taking a few days off are probably for the best. I will try the trainer again in the next day or so and maybe even jump on the Sunday group ride again.
I will still have to put the running off for a couple more days – the impact is still too jarring. But once I am ready I am going to hit it full force. I have a quick build and peak for Boston already planned – which is only 7 weeks away!
Local news – Dan Kent-Loop (local triathlete, runner, Physical Therapist and all around cool guy) is putting on an Injury Prevention Clinic on March 12th. Check it out here (pdf).