I’ve got one of those questions. For a long time now, probably close to 10 years, I’ve had this lack of energy, sore leg, weird feeling during March, sometimes all the way up to the end of May. It seems to always be when I’m in Kansas, but a few years ago, when I went out to Redland’s in California, I was horrible.
I am pretty sure it is mainly allergies. I think when tree allergies start in early spring, here in Kansas, I start feeling weird and then it just stays for a long time.
The one symptom that I can’t explain, and this is the main issue I have athletically, is that when it happens, my tendons seems to tighten up. Like all my tendons.
It’s sort of hard to explain, but it is like my tendons are like guitar strings and that my muscles are doing isometric exercises trying to stretch them out. I have a built it in internal resistance, thus am doing a ton of work and not going forward very fast.
I really noticed this yesterday. It is the worst it has been so far. I rode over to Lawrence on the River Road, gravel, and I was struggling the whole way. It was spitting down rain and the gravel wasn’t too bad, but I was pretty much done by the time I got to Lawrence, which is 35 miles.
How can I be done at 35 miles when I’ve ridden nearly 3000 miles for the season and thought I was pretty recovered from being sick a couple weeks ago? My right leg was nearly cramping. I hobbled home, in a complete downpour, at 45 degrees, on the gravel. It wasn’t as bad as I thought, but I was completely blown.
There must be some explanation for the phenomenon. It has happened so often that I have sort of surrendered to the fact. The last couple years I’ve avoided it by not being around Kansas in the spring, when the allergies kick in, plus when they are burning the whole state, which obviously doesn’t thrill me much. I don’t take any allergy medicine, it never seems to make a difference.
So, I’m wondering if anyone else has had this problem, and if so, have they figured out a solution for it? My solution has been to just wait it out. Sometimes it takes a few weeks, sometimes more than a couple months. I don’t really feel like I have that long to wait it out this year. I missed all the early season training races around here, so I’m already behind the curve.