Just prior to the Bank Holiday Weekend, I was finishing off some decorating in the bathroom. Having just screwed the towel rail into place, I stood up, and was in excruciating pain in my lower back. Over ten years ago when I lived in China, I had a slipped disc, and this felt similar. I know it knocked me out for a few months.
A couple of things were certain: I wouldn’t be riding the bike this weekend, and my training plans over the next month might be in jeopardy.
On Saturday, we made the best of a bad day and went out to Seaham for a walk on the beach. Getting out of the car was tricky and painful, but the walk along the beach probably did me some good.
For the remainder of the weekend, I’ve been housebound: Liz was packed off to her weekend swimming at Buttermere, and I’ve been skulking in the house. The good news is that while it’s still very painful, especially standing up, each day sees less pain, so possibly I’ve got away with a pulled muscle. Also I set up the mountain bike on the turbo trainer, and found I can pedal without too much problem (though twisting around to see what’s behind me might be a step too far right now).
I’ve also had time to update my KPI spreadsheet for how I’m doing on my training for LEJOG, and am nearly at 2000 km for this year. My fundraising target is £2000 by end of September, and this seems to be moving along too.
Following my trip to Flanders, the right brake/shifter is rattling, and my rear hub sounds unhealthy, so the bike is booked into the workshop this week. I’ll let my back have a rest and see whether I can get out next weekend. In any event, I’m booked on the MITIE London Revolution on 17/18 May, so will need to be better by then.
It’s just a shame the weather this weekend has been so great for cycling (despite the initial forecasts)…