Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Annoying injury

My training is at a bit of a halt, thanks to an injury.   Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!  I hate begin injured!  I put the blame on Pedalfest a few weeks ago.  When I first got my bike, I would get pain in my shoulders or neck.  The more time I spent in the saddle, the better it got, and I was told this was normal in getting used to my bike.  It is supposedly "normal" until you build up those muscles in your shoulders.  I would say that next to getting my  butt comfortable in the saddle, it has been a major issue with not completely LOVING my bike.  Don't get me wrong, I do love my chariot, but it is a love/hate relationship because of this discomfort.

Anyhow, I was starting to live with minor discomfort when I got off the bike, or stayed on it for more than 2 hours or so.  Anything under that was pretty much fine.  Then I did Pedalfest where I was on my bike for 6 hours.  My longest previous ride had been 3 hours or so.  Big mistake.  I knew about 4-5 hours in that my shoulders weren't happy, and mainly my right side.  I finished the race, took some ibuprofen, and have been applying Bengay.  I stayed off my bike completely because of this pain all of last week and it started to feel better.  I did some swimming and was fine, and it was just a little sore, so I didn't think anything of it.

Then I had my Oly distance tri Saturday.  That hour and half on the saddle for the bike portion did me in.  I finished fine, but my shoulder really hurt on the bike, and I was so glad to get off because of it.  It bothered me some during the run with the motion of swinging my arms back and forth the way you do when you run.  After the race and since then, it has felt like a pinching feeling at times, a burning feeling at other times, or just a dull throbbing pain at others.  All in the same spot on my right shoulder.  After looking at a diagram of the muscles in that part of the body, I am pretty sure you could say it is my rhomboid muscle there that is completely ticked at me, and it sucks!

At this point it hurts to carry my purse, lift things, or really do much at all with that arm.  I am unsure what to do about it.  Most of the time when you are injured, the doctor simply tells you the typical rest, ice, compression, elevation stuff.  But I have been doing that for a week and no improvement!  Luckily, I don't have anything for a few weeks, other than a mud run, so I am going to focus on running at this point.  Well, considering my splits from all of my races, this could be a blessing in disguise!

In the meantime...

Happy Training all!

1 comment:

  1. Consider getting a deep tissue massage. Don't know if it will help, but they help me when I get knots in my calves. It will hurt, but may work out the tightness.