…and the beginning of my life on a recumbent!
I ended the first of what I hope are not too many weeks off the bike with a medal! I came home Friday to find a small package from ABR (American Bicycle Racing) containing my 5th place medal from the recent ABR Masters TT Championships – huh? Apparently they had made a mistake in the results and given it to a recumbent rider, which were not even eligible in previous years and this year finally had their own category. Whoopty-doo! It was funny, because when I looked at the results after the race, I thought I’d gotten 5th place (which was bad enough). I even started walking up to the podium as they announced “5th place goes to Ted… Westerheide!” What?! I just figured I missed somebody when looking at the results and tried to nonchalantly slink back to where I had been standing. So I went online today and checked the results – yep, I was 5th in the 40-49 category and 6th overall. At least now I know that embarassing little episode wasn’t completely of my own doing.
So I’ve been off the bike for a week now, and it’s driving me nuts. The third day or so I was seeing a little improvement in the shoulder but came down with a cold – arghh, a double whammy! I started hitting the Zicam and Cold-Eze pretty hard and managed to get it easing up after only 3 days, but suffice it to say that between the separated shoulder, sore throat, and booger factory of a nose I have felt like shit this week! The cold is gone now, and the shoulder is actually feeling considerably better – I still need to wear the sling, but I can leave my forearm free and use it without too much discomfort as long as I don’t move the shoulder. Since I’m righthanded, I’ve had to relearn in lefthanded manner a lot of things you take for granted – using silverware, blowing your nose, etc. I never imagined it could be so hard to wipe one’s ass!
I went to the YMCA today to try doing a workout – on the way the roads were choked with cyclists out enjoying this beautiful weather. It made me jealous! But I did manage to get in an easy one-hour workout on the recumbent stationary bicycle. It didn’t bother my shoulder too much cause I could hold on down by my seat. It did start to bother my gluts after ~40 minutes, I don’t know if it was the seat position or if the recumbents actually recruit slightly different muscles than an upright bike. But, man, was it boring! It’s good to know there’s a workout I can do so I don’t have to suffer too much loss of fitness while I wait for this shoulder to heal, but geez – it’s gonna really test my discipline. It’s as boring as the trainer, which I pretty much refuse to resort to unless the roads are covered with ice and snow. Last winter I did every single ride outside (5-6 per week), ran on days I couldn’t ride, and never used the trainer once. The winter before I only used the trainer twice. Ask some of my teammates about the conditions I’ve ridden in on the Sunday ride I lead during the winter. The thought of 3-4 weeks on this equally boring recumbent is terrifying, but I also remember what it’s like to loose all your fitness (thanks again, asshole truck driver!), and the thought of that is even more terrifying to me. So I think I’ll do the recumbent and come back fit rather than fat.