I have been riding some and have pretty much had to stay seated nearly the whole ride because my left shoulder has been hurting. That isn’t “my normal” climbing position. I can climb seated, but tend to stand pretty often. I think that is to relieve the pressure and to add more power. It seems like the older I get, the longer I can stand, which seems counterintuitive.
Anyway, I haven’t been climbing all that much, but enough. And my knees seem to hate me for it. Both my knees have been a little achy recently and I am sure it is from riding too long seated. Yesterday I couldn’t stand it anymore and started riding some standing up. I was mildly surprised that my shoulder was somewhat working.
Anyway, any injury worries me now as I age. Things just take longer to heal. So I try to be observant and fix the problems before they become chronic. Cycling is a pretty great sport because it is easy to fix positional and minor issues that arise.
I was thinking about my knees and wondering why they might hurt and then I remembered riding with Eric Heiden when he took a bet to climb Loveland Pass in a 53 x 12. I wrote a few paragraphs about it a few years ago. Eric climbed Loveland Pass, doing like 25 rpms and then a couple days later, had to go to Denver, to see a doctor, because his knees hurt. Eric has unbelievable power, so that doesn’t surprise me so much. But, I figure if Eric Heiden’s knees can’t stand too much seated climbing, overgeared, then for sure, my knees won’t.
I did a MRI on my shoulder yesterday and the results weren’t a surprise. I have a screwed up rotator cuff. It isn’t as bad as the right one I destroyed at cyclocross Nationals in Madison a few years ago, but it isn’t good. I’ve felt the problem for a few months, but exacerbated it in Moab. Maybe that was a good thing, time will tell. I wouldn’t have addressed it without making it worse.
I’m going to get a cortisone shot tomorrow and try to do some personal rehab. Time will tell whether I get it professionally fixed, ie surgery, or just live with it. The last time I can’t say I was all that happy with how it turned out. Maybe it would be a good time to swing by Park City and visit Eric?