staying fit with an injury

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joe.90
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staying fit with an injury

Postby joe.90 » Thu Feb 07, 2013 09:18 am

-Saturday after a sprint finish at a race i noticed that my hamstring tendon was left feeling a bit stiff.
-Sunday i did a longer ride, it started getting quite painful a couple hours in, but better as i carried on.
-Monday i did a hard session on the turbo and this was agony, stupidly pushed through the pain and finished the session, rather sore. i noticed my tendon feels creaky, stiff, and doesn't run smooth (if that makes sense)
-Tuesday i used as my rest day. and try to give it a bit of recovery time
-Wednesday i rode in the morning, a planned 2-3 hour hard ride which was cut to 1.5 hours, due to the pain really kicking in after 1 hours riding.

The obvious answer i know is to rest. but its bloody frustrating! it doesn't hurt in any other situation than cycling, also i plan on racing again this Saturday, and im starting to come into really good form.

the plan so far is to have the remainder of the week off, and see how it feels for sat. but my major concern with this is that if i have to, i will start to lose all my hard earned fitness.

whats in your opinion, my best options? in terms of maintaining my fitness, yet allowing enough recovery time, etc.

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Re: staying fit with an injury

Postby Tom Dean » Thu Feb 07, 2013 09:49 am

If you are injured, you are not fit.

joe.90
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Re: staying fit with an injury

Postby joe.90 » Thu Feb 07, 2013 10:00 am

right, how does that work then?

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Herbsman
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Re: staying fit with an injury

Postby Herbsman » Thu Feb 07, 2013 10:26 am

Erm....

joe.90
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Re: staying fit with an injury

Postby joe.90 » Thu Feb 07, 2013 10:30 am

i know im technically not fit now im injured, but thats obvious?! how is that helping me.

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Re: staying fit with an injury

Postby ChrisAOnABike » Thu Feb 07, 2013 10:35 am

If training makes the injury worse, change the training. If you can't find anything that doesn't make the injury worse, and let's face it, hamstrings are pretty essential for any kind of cycling/running/swimming, you have to stop the training.

If you don't, it will get worse to the point where your body makes the decision for you.

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Re: staying fit with an injury

Postby d87heaven » Thu Feb 07, 2013 10:51 am

Sound like hamstring tendinosis.
Where doe it hurt? Insertion, origin, medial , lateral? Get some deep tissue/mfr to release the muscle tissue, keep it moving through its full range of motion and look at the cause of your issue. You will lose little to no fitness by sat by not riding. Tendon issues can take a while to sort. If you want to maintain fitness swimming is your best bet.
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Re: staying fit with an injury

Postby Tom Dean » Thu Feb 07, 2013 11:13 am

joe.90 wrote:i know im technically not fit now im injured, but thats obvious?! how is that helping me.
You stated the obvious answer on your post. Do you want someone to tell you that it's a good idea to keep training?
joe.90 wrote:the plan so far is to have the remainder of the week off, and see how it feels for sat. but my major concern with this is that if i have to, i will start to lose all my hard earned fitness.
This is perfectly reasonable IMO, see how it feels. You're not really worrying about 2 days off the bike are you?

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Re: staying fit with an injury

Postby joe.90 » Fri Feb 08, 2013 20:29 pm

d87heaven wrote:Sound like hamstring tendinosis.
Where doe it hurt? Insertion, origin, medial , lateral? Get some deep tissue/mfr to release the muscle tissue, keep it moving through its full range of motion and look at the cause of your issue. You will lose little to no fitness by sat by not riding. Tendon issues can take a while to sort. If you want to maintain fitness swimming is your best bet.


its above my knee, to the inside of my leg...medial i believe.

the pain is minimal, the only concern im having is the creaking and some tightness...like i said, it doesnt hurt as such but i cant help but think if i go back to my usual training with the creaking its doing it wont be long untill its bad again.

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Re: staying fit with an injury

Postby ALIHISGREAT » Sat Feb 09, 2013 10:53 am

Staying fit is hard if you can't train..

the best approach is to make sure you don't gain any weight... since if it is tendinitis it could be a while before you're comfortable again.

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Re: staying fit with an injury

Postby joe.90 » Sat Feb 09, 2013 12:31 pm

ALIHISGREAT wrote:Staying fit is hard if you can't train..

the best approach is to make sure you don't gain any weight... since if it is tendinitis it could be a while before you're comfortable again.


I agree. I think it will be a couple months until I can start training again full time.

I expect to put on a couple pounds, but I know I can lose it soon as I start up again...without sounding big headed, I have a very good level of fitness as of now, I've been training structured since nov.

If I maintain my weight, when I start training hard again, say 15+ hours a week, how long do you think it will take to get back somewhere similar to where I am now.

I know it's a bit like how longs a bit of string, but I'm just trying to see some light at the end of this tunnel! Also I have some big events I'm signed up for that I would really like to be competetive in.

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Re: staying fit with an injury

Postby d87heaven » Mon Feb 11, 2013 22:41 pm

Eccentric hamstring exercises are one possible way forward if it is tendonitis. Seek proper medical attention though as it can't be assessed over the interweb
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Re: staying fit with an injury

Postby SmoggySteve » Mon Feb 11, 2013 23:18 pm

joe.90 wrote:-Saturday after a sprint finish at a race i noticed that my hamstring tendon was left feeling a bit stiff.
-Sunday i did a longer ride, it started getting quite painful a couple hours in, but better as i carried on.
-Monday i did a hard session on the turbo and this was agony, stupidly pushed through the pain and finished the session, rather sore. i noticed my tendon feels creaky, stiff, and doesn't run smooth (if that makes sense)
-Tuesday i used as my rest day. and try to give it a bit of recovery time
-Wednesday i rode in the morning, a planned 2-3 hour hard ride which was cut to 1.5 hours, due to the pain really kicking in after 1 hours riding.

The obvious answer i know is to rest. but its bloody frustrating! it doesn't hurt in any other situation than cycling, also i plan on racing again this Saturday, and im starting to come into really good form.

the plan so far is to have the remainder of the week off, and see how it feels for sat. but my major concern with this is that if i have to, i will start to lose all my hard earned fitness.

whats in your opinion, my best options? in terms of maintaining my fitness, yet allowing enough recovery time, etc.


Simple, Swimming.

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Re: staying fit with an injury

Postby cocksey » Mon Feb 11, 2013 23:21 pm

Don't forget to ease back into things, if you're too keen and jump back in at the deep end then you're back where you started.

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Re: staying fit with an injury

Postby SmoggySteve » Mon Feb 11, 2013 23:39 pm

If you have an injury that muscular or tendonitis, all you can do is let it heal and do some light stretching. Your muscles are not going to waste away in the time you are off the bike. The main thing for keeping up fitness is CV work. Swimming is the best all round work out with minimal impact to joints. you do not even have to kick and just use your arms to get a good work out. I would recommend this to people as a CV work out even if you are not carrying an injury.

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Re: staying fit with an injury

Postby joe.90 » Tue Feb 12, 2013 08:29 am

thanks guys, i have my trunks at the ready!


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