Cross Training for Injuries

Hey there!

After talking with a few physical therapist friends yesterday, the general agreement was that I should continue with what I’ve been doing: icing, stretching strengthening. The one thing I did not want to hear was: NO RUNNING! Picture the immediate panic attack that I had. Not a pretty sight. I knew it was coming. My knee issue is most likely from overuse so giving it a week off will let it hopefully get some rest. As a way to get in some cardio, one PT suggested getting on the bike. I immediately started to think of what I could do. I had a few options but decided the cheapest and easiest route would be to get on my old mountain bike that I haven’t ridden in probably 3 years at least.

Riding with traffic scares the pants off me. I’m so afraid of getting hit by a car. Most recently I’ve also been afraid of getting attacked by a dog. A friend of mine recently had a fellow rider get attacked by a pit bull while riding. She had to have 3 surgeries on her leg to repair the damage. Yup, pretty scary!

I woke up bright and early this morning for a ride. Except it’s not as bright as it used to be at 5 a.m. Humph. I dillydallied around a bit before it was a little bit lighter. Running and riding a bike in semi dark conditions are two different realms. I would run without a thought but riding I’d much rather have some light.

I picked a route that I knew would have a little less traffic and a wider road. I started off trying to remember what to do with the gears. One thing that I did realize right away was how much I enjoy riding. Then I hit a pot hole and wondered, “why did I ever like mountain biking?” Ouch! ๐Ÿ™‚

The whole ride was uneventful. I settled into a nice rhythm, figured out the gears and cruised. I actually felt pretty comfortable with the traffic too. The fun part was looking down at my Garmin and seeing a pace of 3:00. Never ever will I see that running! hehehe! My knee felt great the whole ride. I would have loved to get in more but I had to scurry back home so Ron could get to work.

Just about 12 miles done in 49 minutes. Even though I’m stuck with riding this week I plan on incorporating it more into my plan for cross training. It can only help strengthen and build up my endurance.

In addition to biking you’ll find me glued to an ice pack, my foam roller, and resistance band. Are your fingers still crossed for me??? ๐Ÿ™‚

Have a great Tuesday!

27 comments on “Cross Training for Injuries

  1. I hope the rest helps. We are moving in a few weeks to the town I grew up in. One of things I am most excited about is the bike path. I’ll be able to ride a bike as a form of exercise, which will be nice I haven’t been able to do anything other than walking since last Nov when I my right ankle was broken & deltoid ligament was torn in an accident. I could physically ride a bike now, but the road that we currently live is not safe for bike riding.

    1. It’s very scary intermingling with cars. Regular cyclists tell me you have to have the attitude that you are a car. Be seen. Don’t be intimidated. It’s hard to do that’s for sure.

      Jealous if your path! That sounds awesome!

      1. Yeah, I rarely drive a car down our road anymore. It’s a very skinny, hilly rural road with ditches instead of shoulders. To many of the drivers on this road like to ride in the middle. I think I was just meant to live in a flat place, or a hilly place with real roads.

  2. Resting and cross training is the best thing you can do right now. Ice packs are a permanent fixture in my freezer! The woman who was attacked by the pit-bull goes to my gym. She’s been back but her leg is still not right. That was a terrible accident. She was a semi-pro rider at one time.

  3. Sorry on the no running news. I know how bad that sucks. But hopefully the rest will let your knee heal up. Is it under the knee cap area? Runner’s knee? I found that one of those patellar straps really helps with that issue. Anyway, I’m terrified of riding a bike period.

  4. What a bummer! I’m so sorry that you’re knee still isn’t feeling up to par. But it sounds like you’re doing the right thing, and you’re early enough in your training that it shouldn’t affect things too much. Last year I started to develop plantar fascists two weeks before the marathon! I wish I had paid more attention to the warning signs earlier in the summer, because I might have avoided it. But I didn’t so I was scrambling at the end and resting and seeing the massage therapist weekly. It was a bit of a fiasco but ended up being OK:-) It’s a good thing that you are listening to the warning signs and taking it easy, it should pay off:-)
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  5. Iโ€™ll be able to journey a bicycle as a way of work out, which will be awesome I have not been able to do anything other than strolling since last Nov when I my right rearfoot was damaged & deltoid structures was split in any sort of incident. I could actually journey a bicycle now, but the street that we currently stay is not secure for driving.
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    1. Trying to be positive! The good thing is that I actually enjoyed my ride and want to get my own road bike eventually. Thanks for finger crossing! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  6. Angela, I’ve just found your blog – which I love ๐Ÿ™‚

    I am training for my own first marathon – though it looks like I’m a bit behind you. And I’m also struggling with the injury/cross-training conundrum and the panic that it won’t be enough.

    You’ll have to excuse my ignorance, but when is your marathon? I’m looking forward to following, and I hope you get things sorted asap!
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    1. September 30th is my marathon. I’m learning that marathon training is no joke – physically and mentally! Thanks for finding me. It’s always nice to hear from others!

      Good luck to you in your training!

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