Okay, I’d like to write something about something pertinent in the sport, like something to do with the Tour, that starts on the 4th, or the new Garmin 520 that does live Strava segments (Ned needs one of these), like the iWatch, or dozens of other things. But, I’m too beat to think.
This 100 mile MTB racing kind of tweaks you. I felt pretty great the day after, on Sunday, pretty okay on Monday, then yesterday I was worse and today I woke up beat.
I think it has something to do with not being able to ride after the race because my knee was hurting and I decided it needed rest and ice instead of continued rotation. In the long run, it is probably a good decision, but I think the best recovery is active recovery, which is riding my bike.
I think it is really strange that I can ride 7200 miles this year, 421 hours, and my knee hurts the last two hours doing the exact same thing that I’d been doing the previous 420 hours. What is that all about? I must of done something just a little different. I didn’t hit it, which can be a cause of this prepatellar bursitis.
Yesterday riding, it felt like it was actually patella tendonitis, which I’ve had before. None of this is really a big deal, I hope. I’ve went through all of this before. Just as I age, some of these things can become chronic, and I’m not big on having chronic injuries. One thing great about cycling is that it is hard to have repetitive use injuries because it is so easy on your body. Cycling is what the tell you to do when you have an injury.
I’m planning on trying again today, riding my road bike. I rode singletrack yesterday and that was a little too much. Maybe not too much for my knee, but I was sort of out of juice, so it got kind of long. Riding MTB bikes is a lot more energy intensive that cruising around on my road bike.
I don’t have any plans on racing this weekend. July 4th up in Cable is fun. They do a little downtown parade, which a lot of my friends up here participate in, plus everyone is up here, so it is a good time to reconnect with friends that are drawn to the Northwoods.
I’m planning on going out to Colorado after this and do some altitude training. I’m sort of kicking around doing Leadville, which is not a good race for me, but something I’m feeling I need to do. Brian is doing it again, after finishing 7th last year. He is going to be out in Colorado for most of July. I’m sure Vincent has some fun stuff to do there, probably local MTB races.
Okay, maybe I’ll wander down to the lake and swim some this morning. I know, what a hard life.