Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Testing the waters

The doc prescribed a 60 min test spin

20 min easy high cadence warm up
20 min moderate spin, pushing some wattage but nothing too strenuous
20 min easy high cadence cool down

I was apprehensive starting, my leg still hurt today and really didn't want to risk screwing anything up. I followed doc's orders tried out the spin and kept close attention to my body. The first 20 mins felt fine, kept my cadence around 90-100 and wattage hovered around 130-140. The next 20 mins I hit a bigger gear and pushed a tad harder. I could feel a little pressure in my calf, this is where I've felt the tightness all day today but nothing in the the front tibia or hamstring, so this is a good thing. I was able to hold the 20 minutes without an alarm going off. Wattage range was 160-170, the numbers seem higher then what I was expecting but the power felt good, not difficult. 20 min easy cool down around 130-140 again. I did notice that the right side of my leg felt like it was working harder. I'm not sure if it actually was or if it was more fatigued since I have been relying on it to carry most of my weight for the last 2 weeks. Not sure about that. Post spin I iced for 10 mins as directed. I'll continue to ice every 10 on the hour along with stretching until I go to bed.

Upon waking tomorrow I should know the test results.

PS - The was my first real ride on Carnage. She needs to a refit, I lost feeling to the front half of my feet and womanhood 30 mins in, this is not a good thing. On the other hand I found myself more comfortable in the aerobars. Tweaks and adjustments, I'm sure this will go on for sometime as we (bike and I) are fine machines and that's a part of biomechanics.

1 comment:

Ottem16 said...

That's awesome Kat! It's great to hear the ride went smooth, I will keep my fingers crossed to see how you feel tomorrow. I know how it feels to adjust to a new ride, but it is so much fun, isn't it? lol