Sorry I haven't posted in like FOREVER. I have been super busy studying for my real estate exam which is today.. (I'm super nervous). I have also been training a ton for my Salt to Saint ride. time is starting to get tight and I am about 15 weeks away from the ride.
I made my first training plan for an endurance ride which I will be posting shortly in another post. This training plain would prepare you for a metric century (62 mile) and give you PLENTY of time to do it. I have to admit.. If your busy like I am, this plan is a little time consuming, but it is doable.
Last Sunday I went on a group ride with my team. We did it on the Legacy Parkway bike trail which is awesome for endurance training as it is really flat and goes for about 60 miles each direction, so you can really modify it for wherever you are at in your training plan. We decided to do 30 miles total.
The Coast Buster Crew
I had rode this trail the weekend before and it was AWESOME. I got through it without any knee pain and felt great after.. Unfortunately, that was not the case with the group ride. Im back to having minor tendonitis in my left knee, which is not what I need right now... That is one thing that I would recommend if you are new to riding or have been struggling with an injury. RIDE AT YOUR LEVEL.. Even on a group ride. Yes of course you wanna push yourself a little harder, because who wants to get dropped on their group ride? I for sure didn't and now im going to have at least a two week set back. I had been riding my 30's at around 14mph average speed, and on my group ride it was at about 17mph which was enough to over stress my tendon.
How can you avoid this on a group ride? Well my advice would be to have a member on your team that is either a super good friend or spouse that will stay back with you if you get dropped. I am lucky enough to have my Wifey on my team so she has always been nice about staying back with me. However by the time I decided to get dropped... The damage had already been done. YOUR EGO will ALWAYS put you in the red. Lose the ego and listen to your body.. At the end of the day.. Who cares if you get dropped.. At least you wont be sidelined.
I have chosen to try out A.R.T. again with a different practitioner that is closer to my area. I will update my training roadblocks series to let you all know how that goes and if I feel that it is better. I have also been reading a new book about keeping tendonitis at bay forever and how to build yourself some powerhouse knees. I have purchased something called a Flex Board that I will be talking about and reviewing in the near future. Eventually, I will be able to share with you what really works and look forward to sharing my success story with you all and hope to help anyone else that is struggling with this alignment.
Let me know if you have ever had patellar tendonitis and what you have done to rid yourself of it.
Have you ever tried A.R.T?
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