As the rain sets in here in the PNW and school ramps up, I’m looking to shift my focus more to strength and hard climbing fitness. Over the last 6mo I’ve acummulated 240hr of aerobic training, up from 185hr in my last 6mo block, so pretty significant progress! That time was about equally split between hiking and mt biking to help keep my bad ankle healthy(https://uphillathlete.com/forums/topic/returning-to-training-after-breaking-leg-badly/). I’m a couple weeks in to my transition period, and looking forward to getting back in to the max strength phase! However, I have developed a noticeable muscle imbalance between my “good” and “bad” legs over the summer season, about 20% difference in size. I think the main reason is because it have quite limited range of motion in my ankle, especially in dorisflexion(never fully came back, no matter how hard I tried) Doesn’t bother me much, expect rocking on to really high high steps and running downhill fast. My question is if it would be worthwhile to do a focused hypertrophy period to get the bad leg caught up in size? I am on the fence because obviously extra muscle is extra weight, and due to the limited ROM I may not be able to use the extra mass effectively. On the other hand, getting it stronger and more durable is probably a good thing for long term health.
Any thoughts would be appreciated!