Dealing with a minor hamstring issue from Saturday’s ride
In yesterday’s blog I wrote about how my left hamstring cramped up towards the end of Saturday’s century ride. The cramping started when I was about 90 miles into the ride, and I continued to ride while my hamstring was locked up (note: this hurts).
I never suffer from muscle cramps on rides anymore, and I have no doubt that Saturday’s cramp was due to the fact that I was stuck in a relatively tall gear for 60 miles. I normally have a pretty quick cadence, and so all that mashing up hills and grinding away from the slows and stops asked my legs to perform in ways with which they are simply not accustomed.
Yesterday I did a recovery ride, and my left hamstring was protesting (it feels like it’s coming from my biceps femoris). It’s certainly not any sort of tear, and I don’t think it’s even a strain. I suspect that it’s just residual soreness from the cramp which, because I kept riding while cramped, persisted for a fairly lengthy amount of time.
It’s a beautiful and cool morning and, apart from the hamstring issue, I’m fully recovered from my weekend rides. I am in the mood to go hard, but I’m not sure my hamstring is going to allow that to happen. I’ll probably do an extended warm-up, and then gradually increase my intensity level. If I’m feeling any pain in my hamstring at all, I’ll back it down. I don’t want this minor whatever it is to become something more problematic.