|This was a couple of days ago on the trainer downstairs.|
On my Caloi Strada Pro set up on the CyclOps trainer time seems to fly. One of the components is that I have recently found an app that plays radio stations from my home state of Rio de Janeiro, Brasil! The samba makes time fly!
I'm doing this daily now without counting it as mileage because I need it to keep my muscles primed and my back-muscles from screaming at me. (A simple example: Today I fell asleep sitting-up and napped for about two hours. Nice! Then about four hours later I was paying the price and could barely drive the car. Ouch!).
So, the reason for this post, more than ever before I am fully convinced that balance is imperative in training. If you've been following this adventure then you know I blew out my knees and took three months off to recuperate with baby steps. I actually never had pain on the bike, but I couldn't walk or carry on daily tasks without a whole lot of pain in my knees. Luckily I found savingmyknees.blogspot.com! It was a Godsend and just what I needed to develop a plan to recover my previous activity level. Just what I needed!
I took the idea of baby-steps and applied it to the spinning I was doing on the trainer in the basement. The idea worked great and I was able to build time in the saddle. Very important to redevelop the ability of the sit-bones to take that pressure again. I have been using limited padding because the shorts that have a lot of padding are very expensive. Try $600! Ridiculous!
But one's body needs more than the ability to carry out small movements repeated times! It also requires the ability to carry out more strenuous activity during the day without becoming re-injured. Over Christmas vacation, I found myself with lots of pain in my back, so I stopped riding and did my old stand-by when faced with pain in my back, namely Yoga! After three days of reduced activity and lots of yoga, I was no better! WTHeck!
I took to spinning a huge gear to get my back to feel better because the above fact became apparent. So now I regularly/daily spin a huge gear dirt slow 30 RPM (Gospel music like Kirk Franklin and others works great).
To take this even further, I have recently as in the last three days added HIIT sessions to what I was doing and slowly even out of the saddle efforts are becoming doable without pain and without pain afterwards!
Yes, spin like a twelve year old, but also mash a big ole gear for the yin-yang, balance of what we love to do! Please comment below so I know I'm not just talking to Google (they have a lot on their plate)!
|Coldest ride so far in the low thirties!|
|It's important to mimic actual workout conditions! After an hour!|
|After an hour and half workout. Since then have done two two hours with HIIT interspersed.|
|Took a video of the basement workout room and repair shop.|