Hi. Early June I put my full weight on a sharp rock, felt damage, but continued on. Since by sports physio, its torn tendon (difficult to accurately diagnose but X rays evidence no breakage), I struggle to walk (sole of foot, base of my toes) thus no time in mountains since. The remedy is heat (hot water bottle), rest and time, apparently.
I’m 55, a fastish shuffler (osteoarthritis doesn’t allow me to run) but going into June was as fit as I’ve been in recent years and looking forward to adventures across the summer.
So I swopped to cycling, bought myself a gravel bike. I have little doubt my cardio is improving, especially Zone 3 and above, which is difficult to get to as a shuffler. I cycle c.75kms/week, three or four times a week (I said I had just started cycling), and upper body weights twice per week. In coming weeks I’ll probably increase my cycling mileage and expect to plateau at about 100kms/week.
With upper body weights twice a week I am maintaining strength, I don’t do leg workouts as I think the cycling is probably enough and I’d be concerned loading onto my foot.
A few questions for those inclined
It’s been 8 weeks now; my physio tells me such injuries can remedy quickly, or they can take a long time – anyone else experienced similar frustrations?
I’m hoping to experience the benefits of cycling when I finally recover, I expect to struggle initially as I reacclimatise to carrying bodyweight, but then I hope for rapid improvement as my improved cardio kicks in – any views?
I’m considering adding swimming to my programme, but would probably need to lose one session of either cycling or weights – any views?
First time I’ve posted so hope of interest and/or I haven’t missed the point of the forum, apologies if I have