I should have seen this coming, the signs have been there for months.
What I have circled is the average force of my left and right legs during long cycles on the @wattbike. At no time during the last 9 months has my right leg been equal to my left. This is even more the case on very long and fatiguing rides. The reasons are complex, typically a quad/hamstring/glute imbalance, that just makes that leg not as strong as the other.
But I didn’t pay attention to that data because overall my cycling scores have been getting rapidly better.
Until yesterday. After 3 years off, I decided to pick up a rugby ball again, with a view to full contact rugby as of September. I’ll get in to, “why the hell!” in the future but in short, I REALLY miss it.
What was first apparent is that despite the creeping age, I am still BLOODY QUICK! It surprised me and I loved it.
And so, it was as I was dodging and weaving to a second try that a sniper shot me in the back of the right leg and I pulled up (after scoring, of course). It wasn’t major, but I could feel the slight tear in my hamstring. Contrary to what you might advise out there, I remained on the pitch for another 15 mins just to keep it moving, warm, and loose. I didn’t sprint again but just put the ball through the hands to others.
On waking this morning, it’s clear that the damage is just above the right knee at the back of the leg, quite deep in. I’ve had this kind of damage before but never remedied it properly, basically through lack of education and commitment.
So, what now?
Well, some rest but not a lot. The picture shows my ride this morning WITH the injury. When I did single-leg drills at the end, the difference was stark, my right leg almost uncontrollable for the 2 minute period.
I am not “off games” and won’t cancel my intent to return to rugby. This is honestly an exciting opportunity to resolve an imbalance and come out stronger.
So here come more GHD sit ups / extensions, single-leg curls, Romanian deadlifts and cycling drills. Here’s to speed!
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