Monday, December 28, 2009
A short work week.....
Went mountain biking yesterday for the first time since the Labor Day weekend. If you've been following this blog you will remember we spent a few days at Mt. Baldy RV Ranch over that holiday weekend. I did a short 6 mile ride (3 miles uphill, and 3 down) that morning hoping to return before our friend joined us in his Bluebird. As I neared the end of the 3 mile downhill run the realization that my left achilles tendon was hurting broke through the exhileration of the downhill run. When I stopped it felt like it was on fire.....uhoh, what's that all about? Well, it took almost 4 months for it to heal. Yesterday was the test to see if I could ride, and not hurt it again. After 17 miles of really strenuous uphill and downhill the verdict is in.....no pain yesterday, or today! Let me rephrase that....no pain in my achilles tendon...lol!! I had a lot of other pain (shoulders, neck, elbows) from the pounding downhill, but that's to be expected. My body is not used to the downhill, but it will be again.
Mountain biking is one of the activities I use to stay fit. Usually if I am hurting it is self inflicted as in "I crashed". I really cannot point to any single thing I did to hurt it. I just remember it hurting one morning on our trip to Colorado in August. The pain would come and go, so I just wrote it off to stuff that starts hurting as you get older. Unfortunately, the ride on Labor Day weekend resulted in the pain becoming temporarily permanent, and resulted in me not being able to work out on my Stairmaster 4000pt, or mountain bike. The only thing I could do without hurting it more was run on the soccer field, so at least I was able to officiate soccer matches and retain some conditioning.
Now the long process of regaining my mountain biking conditioning, now that I know I can use the Stairmaster, and ride without hurting myself again.