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Nice solo 115 KM ride yesterday; Injury updates.

Friday, March 21, 2014 by  
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March
21
2014

In yesterday’s blog I discussed the two medications my doctor prescribed to me in an effort to help alleviate some of the pain I’ve been experiencing since last Saturday’s crash. One of the medications, Cyclobenzaprine, is a muscle relaxant, and it knocked me for a loop when I took a single 10 MG pill Wednesday evening. I’ll get back to this in a second…

My work schedule has been very hectic lately, and I’ve been limited to fairly short one hour ~32 kilometer (20 mile) “lunch” rides over the past week or so. Yesterday there was a lull in my schedule, and so it was a great day to get a long morning ride in.

So I woke up yesterday (after a fantastic, pain-free night of sleep!) wanting to ride, but feeling very groggy from the Cyclobenzaprine. I poured a cup of strong black coffee, sat down at my computer and loaded up RideWithGPS. I planned out a 115 kilometer (71 mile) route that took me through some very scenic areas on (mostly) safe, lightly-trafficked roads.

Even though I felt like a zombie, I ignored my desire to be lazy and began to prepare for my ride. I loaded up my Garmin 810 with the course I’d planned, filled a couple of CamelBak Podium Big Chills with water, grabbed a Clif bar, a couple GU energy gels, a bag of GU Chomps and set off…

Taking a quick break a little past the midway point of yesterday's 115 kilometer (71.4 mile) solo ride.

Taking a quick break a little past the midway point of yesterday’s 115 kilometer (71.4 mile) solo ride.

It was an absolutely beautiful morning: cool air, sunny skies and fairly light winds. I felt very sluggish at first, but as I warmed up I began to feel quite good. The beautiful weather was invigorating, and it was nice to be outside riding my bike on a long ride on a new route. I love group rides best, but sometimes I really enjoy getting out and riding alone. No talking, no distractions; just the steady hum of my tires on the road and the rhythmic sound of my breathing…

… well, mostly. About 20 miles into the ride I was cruising along on Wiygul road when something flew towards me and hit my helmet. I continued on, but I could feel something crawling on my head (I was not wearing my Halo yesterday). I tried to ignore whatever it was scrambling around on my head, hoping it would find its way through the helmet vents and back to freedom. After a minute or so I couldn’t take it any more, so I brought my bike to a halt, removed my helmet and shook a large wasp out. The wasp, stunned, crawled around on the ground for about 30 seconds, and then flew off. Whew! I am so glad that she didn’t sting me–that would have hurt!

I came out of the saddle (OTS) about a dozen times yesterday (recall that this is what I was doing when my chain came off, and that caused last Saturday’s wreck), and had no problems. I was extremely cautious every time I came up, and sort of braced myself for the worst. The bike was rock-solid. By the end of the ride I was feeling much more confident, and really mashing the pedals when OTS. It will be some time, I think, before I am 100% confident again, but yesterday was a good start.

I experienced very little back/hip pain during the ride. The anti-inflammatory my doctor prescribed, Etodolac, appears to be extremely effective.

I slept great again last night, and this morning I was able to get out of bed without wincing in pain. While I’m still feeling the injuries, the improvement over the past 36 hours or so has been drastic!

I’ve been training very hard over the past few months, and I’m glad that my doctor understood that taking time off from my training was not an option. The meds he prescribed are helping a lot.

I’ll be getting a weight training workout in this morning, and a light ride in after that. I’ve got a 162 kilometer (100 mile) ride early tomorrow morning.

Happy Friday!

John Stone Fitness Comments

2 Responses to “Nice solo 115 KM ride yesterday; Injury updates.”
  1. You mentioned last Saturday’s crash and I recalled that you specified that you were coming out of a corner. In cases where there is substantial frame flex or flex in the wheels / spokes, this can offset the chainline between the front chainrings and the rear cassette — especially in a corner. If the line is off enough, the chain can jump off the chainring. I know that your bike is relatively new, but this may be worth keeping in the back of your mind.

    One potential diagnostic (without duplicating the accident) is to pedal hard out of the saddle uphill on a straightaway. If you can get the rear wheel to rub on the brake shoes, that’s one indication that there’s flex somewhere in the system. You can “cheat” the test by dialing in your brake shoes using the barrel adjuster.

    If the flex was in the frame (like the bottom bracket), you’ll probably see cracks over time, but I know you’re meticulous about your bike and upkeep. I’m only mentioning this ’cause I don’t want to see it happen to you again.

    Good luck.

    Neil

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    • Thanks for the solid information, Neil. I don’t get brake rub even when mashing hard on hills, I’ve checked for it. I keep my brakes pretty close, too, as I like them to be very responsive (I definitely would know if my wheels were out of true!)

      I think what you said in your first paragraph may have had something to do with it–especially combined with the age of the chain. Even though the chain wear indicator indicated that the chain was fine, I’ve noticed that the new version of the Park chain wear tool now has 0.50 and 0.75 instead of 0.75 and 1.00, and I believe the current recommendation is to replace at 0.50 instead of 0.75. I’ll be replacing my chain every 2,000 miles from now on regardless of wear.

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