Forget the trainer; I burn myself out in more creative ways.
I did a ride on the trainer a little over a week ago. It felt really, really good to be back on the bike. My heart rate was right where I wanted it to be, and my position felt pretty good. Then, I went to lift weights. My back felt pretty weak, but I lifted anyway. Then, I did some core work. I’ve been doing core work all winter, so that shouldn’t have been too big a deal, right? Trouble is, I threw in some yoga-style core work that isn’t normally part of my regimen. Ah, but I’m strong, so what’s the big deal?

Well, the next day, my back was suffering, which continued the next day … and the next … and the next … To top it off, my iliotibial band (the big band of soft tissue down the side of my outer thigh) was radiating flashes of discomfort.


Still, I’m trying to look at this from the right perspective. I’ve heard that when you get sick or injured, it’s your body’s way of telling you you’ve gone too far, you’ve pushed too hard and that you need to ease off for a bit. So that’s what I’m doing—lots of lazing around with a heating pad on my back. (And I still can’t seem to gain any weight—what the heck?!)

Besides that, my brother-in-law keeps reminding me about our plans to summit Table Mountain on snowshoes this spring. So I clearly need to spend a little more time snowshoeing and worry a little less about my cycling form. That’s what I did this morning: a quick little snowshoe excursion.

But right now, I think it’s time to get back to that R&R …


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