So...I have injured myself, I need to refrain from a bike ride, and it is supposed to be 80 degrees today. :(
I strained my ankle riding my bike on Monday. 16 miles to work, 16 miles home. Despite the discomfort I felt like a stud anyway because I thought "I have just ridden my bike 32 miles and the only thing sore is my little ol' ankle."
Then like a silly person I went to bootcamp class the next day, and totally wrecked myself. I'm talking "(Bleep) that hurts! What viper did I just get bit by?"
Well, as it turns out, the Achilles tendon is a common place to injure on a bike. Has to do with poor pedaling technique, they say, and I think that applies to me. I have a short bike rack and a long pannier, so I tend to hold my ankle just-so in order to avoid kicking the bag per every rotation.
Also has to do with stiff muscles and improper stretching, they say. Embarrassing but true, that totally applies to me. I go to yoga, but for some reason I start cold, even running, and don't really stretch post-workout unless it's in a class and the instructor says do it.
Here is what Livestrong has to say about it:
Oh well. In a way, good for me. I made a promise to myself not to ride today if my ankle still hurt. Even though it is supposed to be a dazzling day. So I got up this morning did my morning things, got dressed in bike gear, and hopped on my bike. I rode one mile, turned around, and changed into office clothes and drove to work.
Lame, lame, lame. But smart, smart, smart.
There will be other hot days.