Saturday, February 3

a snowy recovery

So this week has been a bit lazy, but it's ok - I need a bit of a recovery, right?? Wednesday, Chattanooga woke up to a nice coating of snow - a nice (little) taste of what I'll be seeing next week in Colorado! Most of it melted by the next day, but some was still stashed on Raccoon Mountain for today's mtn bike ride (about 13 miles).

So this brings me to the rest of my recovery. I was feeling good, stretching, taking epsom baths, had a massage.. did a light session on my trainer on Tuesday. Thursday I wanted to hit spin class, but it was full so I did weights and hopped on the treadmill for a light run. I did a 5min light run, but my right shin area was feeling a bit off. I stopped & stretched, then did another 10 minutes before I realized I just couldn't do any more. Today's mtn bike went pretty well, but towards the end (where there was more climbing), I started to feel it a bit more. Not a bad pain at all, but more of a sensation that just doesn't seem right. a light tightness.

I stopped by Fast Break (local running store) to talk to Joey. His thoughts are that it is Anterior Compartment Syndrome. Bascially, the muscle becomes inflamed and too big for the sheath that surrounds it. When this condition is acute, bad things happen (that I'm not going to think about, but ironically, this was a condition shown on the Grey's Anatomy 2 days before Mountain Mist.) If this is what I have, it's not severe at all. But, I must be careful so it doesn't continue to be inflamed. That means... more rest. Ugh!! Not what I want to hear when I have another event on the horizon. I'll play it safe though, as this year is ramping up to be pretty good and I don't want to sit out and watch for 3 months like last year!

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