Training Day

Alright so we’re not exactly Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke, but for my buddy Don and I who are both coming off of injuries, it was sure nice to be putting in some significant miles again.

Don’s initial reaction of this image, “That’s funny, we actually look like we might be in shape or something.”

For others coming back from an injury or layoff, Bicycling‘s FITChick has seven smart ways to return stronger and faster. Below is a quick synopsis, for the full article pick up the August 2007 issue.

  • Easy on the Vitamin I: As in Ibuprofen, and stick to Tylenol (acetaminophen) instead. Taking ibuprofen or other anti-inflammatories can delay the healing process by inhibiting enzymes called prostaglandins which helps stimulate circulation.
  • Move It: Don’t just sit once injured. Stay active to promote blood flow and aid in healing.
  • Eat to Heal: Your body still burns about 10% more calories than usual when trying to repair an injury. Feed your body what it needs to heal.
  • Use the One-to-Two Rule: For each non-training week, spend one to two weeks rebuilding base before hammering.
  • Start en masse, Finish Solo: Start with your group or club on group rides, but tone it down when the urge to push the pace beckons. Do your own things until you’re ready.
  • Watch the Warning Signs: When coming back, you’re vulnerable to re-injury so let pain be your guide and back off if necessary.
  • Root Out the Cause: Truly figure out what is causing your injuries otherwise, you’ll end up with a chronic issue.
Lenny B
Leonard Basobas - Among my many and varied interests are cycling and writing. I am deeply passionate about both. Strangely enough, neither has come very easy to me.I had such a horrible crash as a small child that I did not attempt to ride again until the 6th grade. From that point forward, you could say that I have had a love affair with two-wheels. When I was not out on my bike, I could be found tearing apart or putting back together other bikes. The frames and parts found in my parents’ basement today are a testament to that fact. Around the same time that I began riding again, a young rider named Greg Lemond had just won the U23 World Championships. Following his career was my entry point into the sport of cycling, but I never participated in organized racing until I was past my cycling prime. Today, a healthy curiosity about racing has me lining up on the road and in the nearest velodrome.In regard to writing, I am not a trained journalist. My writing, instead, strikes a creative bent in the form of short stories, at least when I not writing for my day job in clinical research. Although I have yet to be published for my creative writing, I have authored several abstracts and papers, and been published as the lead author for a paper in a well-known peer reviewed medical journal.I have covered the sport of cycling, as both writer and photographer, at such races as the Amgen Tour of California (2008 to 2014) and the US Pro Cycling Challenge. I was also the featured Guest Contributor for, commentating and moderating the site's live blogging feed during the 2009 Tour de France.