18 miles yesterday; Flank pain returns; Brother in pretty bad mtb accident.
Yesterday morning when I woke up it was fairly chilly, but by 9:30 or so it had warmed to about 48 degrees (F). I decided to head over to Wekiwa for a ride, and I wound up doing a little over 18 miles.
My activity level over the past few weeks has been down (combination of rain, a touch of a cold and laziness), and I certainly could feel the difference during yesterday’s ride–especially during the first 6 or 7 miles. I rode as hard as I always do, but my average heart rate was higher than normal. Practically every time I looked down at my Timex Ironman my heart rate was in the 180s, and I hit my maximum heart rate of 196 several times.
The air was chilly enough to sting my lungs, but apart from that I really enjoyed the cool weather. After just a mile or so I was sweating, and the cold air was refreshing.
It’s interesting that after about 7 miles I seemed to catch a second wind, and I felt more like my usual self. I was able to ride very hard but, unlike the first 7 miles, I no longer felt like my heart was about to explode. So the last half of the ride was really enjoyable, and a great workout.
Winter is here, and while we’ve not had any below freezing weather yet the forest has changed over the past month. Apart from the evergreens and the palms just about everything is brown. Save for a few birds I didn’t see a single animal the entire day.
I did come across one hiker in a pretty remote area. She was all by herself, so I asked if she knew where she was (people get lost out there all the time). She had a map, but seemed glad that I asked. She double checked her direction and a couple of distances with me, and she then showed me some photos she’d taken that day. After some of the crabby jerks I’ve come across out there, it’s always very nice to meet friendly and positive people.
A short while after I got home, I felt a familiar pain. Yep, my flank pain has returned. I didn’t experience even a hint of pain the entire time (3 months) I was on the anti-inflammatory that my doctor prescribed. I guess it’s been a little more than a week since I came off the Mobic, and until yesterday I thought the flank pain was behind me. I’m not sure where I go from here, except back to the doctor. Right now the pain is nagging, but far from debilitating. That said, before I initially saw my doctor the pain was just like it is now, but it would occasionally get so bad that it nearly took my breath away. In other words, I don’t think I can ignore it.
It could be worse. My brother, who is also an avid mountain biker, had a bad crash over the weekend. He broke his collar bone clean in half and had to have his chin stitched up. He had a helmet on when he wrecked, but the hit was right on his chin and it knocked him out for a short time. They took him to the ER in an ambulance. The ER didn’t want to set the bone until a specialist checked to see if surgery would be required, so he’s been in a tremendous amount of pain all weekend. He’ll be off the saddle for about 2 months. Man, I really feel for him. Thankfully it doesn’t look like this injury will impact the Texas mountain biking skills camp and rides we have planned for mid-March.
Heal up soon, bro.