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.