So my lower back is pretty f’ed up.
I should have done more core work this summer, but I didn’t and now I am paying the price for it.
I have been feeling some lower back fatigue lately but I chalked that up to spending more time in the drops. It would get sore but feel better really quickly after I was done racing. What’s going on now after Trek CXC weekend is a totally different story.
Saturday in Waterloo I felt fine. Not real smooth but that is kind of typical for the first big race of the year for me. I was off the bike running the steep climb every lap and finished the race with no issues. Sunday morning during warm up I decided to try and ride the climb as I had seen others do the previous day. I found the line and was able to muscle my way up the hill so I decided to do that in the race. The first lap was hectic with traffic and I ran it but rode up the next four laps. With about a lap and a half to go I was feeling the familiar fatigue in my back creeping in but this time it kept getting worse and worse and by the end of the race it no longer felt like fatigue soreness but full on cramping. Primarily on the right side lower portion of my back next to the spine. It took me a few minutes of stretching to get things to try and relax but something odd was going on. I spent 20 minutes on the trainer cooling down and then got in the car and drove the 5 hours straight home. For the rest of the evening my back felt tight but I figured it would be better by morning.
No such luck. I was awake and in pain a fair amount of the night and spend the next day in agony and this has been repeating itself each day since Monday. I got a massage on Tuesday afternoon and felt better for the evening but Wednesday morning I was right back in misery. I was hoping that things would start to clear up and that I would be able to race Metal CX this weekend but today I am still not able to walk or bend over without pain and the idea of riding hard, running and jumping seems pretty much impossible.
The focus for me at this point is to take it easy, stretch, relax and wait for the pain to go away. Once this happens I can start to train easy again and see how things go while still working on stretching and keeping things loose. So long as the pain stays away I can start to add some intensity and add in some work on core strength and stability, things I should have been doing all along but haven’t been. Looking at the race calendar it might be Green Acres October 18-19 before I can start racing again but I’m going to have to be sure that I am on the right track before I take on the climbing that course includes.
It’s been a frustrating start to the season and my typical pessimistic and fatalistic attitude continues to let thoughts of a lost season creep into my head. It’s a struggle but I try and remind myself that the season runs until January and if things improve there will be plenty of racing left. One step at a time I guess.