Mixed bag o’ thoughts

Wednesdays are really shaping up to be my most rigorous training days of the week.  I’ve (shockingly) really come to look forward to my morning swim on Wednesday as it seems to soothe the beating my legs take on Tuesday.  But Then I go back out on Wednesday evenings and brutalize my legs again with a hill repeat ride followed by a short run.  This is all followed less than 12 hours later by a 5-7 mile run.  …rough.  But my body seems to be adapting to it relatively well.  It’s not thrilled, but at least it’s not completely rebelling.

After doing a little talking with a couple of experts in sports injury and consulting the all knowing interwebs, I think I might have a mild piriformis strain.  It’s one of the muscles under the big (in my case, HUGE) gluteal muscles.  It is usually strained by overexertion (like going to traknight the first time and going balls out like I had been there before…) or a new/change in muscle exertion (like getting on a road bike for the first time in 20 years again… and going balls out… like I had been there before… *sigh*).  It seems to be slowly getting better, as long as I don’t do anything crazy.  I was worried there for a while that I had ANOTHER stress fracture of the pelvis because it felt kind of like that pain.  I was pretty stressed about that…

On a different note, I went to a class last night in changing bike tires.  I know this sounds crazy since I have ridden thousands of mountain bike miles and fixed dozens of flats, but the person giving this class is a bike shop owner and former professional bicyclist who can replace a tube flat in less than a minute in race conditions.  I knew I would pick up some tips and I did.  He only uses one tire lever, pre-inflates the new tube just a tiny bit to give it shape and does most of the work by hand.  He also suggested for a big cut in a tire, keeping a dollar bill or old power bar wrapper in your bag to cover up the hole and keep the tube from coming out.  I would have never thought of that.  We also talked a bit about gearing for bikes and how to keep your chain from rattling in the wrong gear combo, making “on the fly” derailleur adjustments, etc.  Great info.  If you can take class, do it.  It will be invaluable when the inevitable happens…!

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