Back at the beginning of year I got a really good deal on a CycleOps Hammer as they were making room for the new model. I had always been pretty fit and cycling regularly, but with the trainer and the discovery of TrainerRoad I’ve never been stronger.
As we all know, and as you’ve said in the pod-cast. Fitness is like a new toy and you really can’t wait to play with it. Along those lines I’ve been pretty steady maintaining mid-volume plans and then doing some larger road and gravel rides on the weekends.
Over the last couple months, i started developing some pain in an area that was only meant to be treated nicely. I had a proper fit done and have tried saddles to take the pressure off, but the problem culminated after a century ride a couple weeks ago where I find myself pretty much unable to do anything active without pain. Looking at my symptoms I’m pretty much 99.9% sure it’s Pudendal Neuralgia (also lovingly referred to as Cyclist’s syndrome). EDIT: I am seeking medical advice from professionals as well and am not seeking TrainerRoad advice in lieu of proper medical care, but to compliment it.
It’s a bit surprising to me that this doesn’t come up more, as I definitely don’t train as much as many of those in this community who can maintain high-volume plans without issue.
My questions are, what are your takes on this issue and have any of you experienced it? And if so, what recovery techniques did you go through to get yourself back on the bike? Lastly, how long did the recovery take? I’ve been excercising 5-6 days a week since I was 17 ( I’m 38 now) and the last couple weeks have been maddening as I watch my fitness melt away…
Thank you all so much for everything you guys do. Great product and great podcast. 15 stars!